Gaining experience within a beauty salon will give your career in beauty the kick start that it needs. Through practical experience you an gain an insight into the daily activities and customer service skills expected of you within the beauty industry.

With practical experience you will be more likely to gain a job within the salon you are currently gaining it from. However, if they have no vacancies for staff after your work experience is finished, it doesn’t end there for you. With the practical, hands on experience and skills you acquired, you will be a good candidate for another beauty salon.

What do I need to do to gain experience in a beauty salon?

Before you can gain experience in a beauty salon, you must inquire with the salon what their hiring specifications are. That means if they accept qualified, partly qualified or un-qualified interns. Once you’ve established this, you can then apply to the salon.

A good CV, interview skills and immaculate appearance will be more than necessary to land a job as a beauty therapist. Make sure you add in a list of skills and experiences you have even if you don’t think they are relevant. These are called ‘Transferable skills’. A transferable skill is a skills that you have gained that is not directly related to the job specification, but could be considered useful. An example of a transferable skill could be the following: You have completed the Duke of Edinburgh award. Gaining this award shows that you are able to carry out a project in a timely manner. Another transferable skill might be that you helped out in a charity event, this type of experience would indicate that you work well in a team.

What kind of experience will I gain in a beauty salon?

Each beauty salon is different and may specialise in only certain beauty treatments, holistic treatments or they may do a wide scope of treatments. The best way to figure out the treatments you will carry out is by looking at the salons treatment price list which is usually found on their website or in a booklet format found in the salon itself.
Different types of beauty salon treatments: waxing, tinting, perming, spray tanning, sun beds, massage, facials, reflexology, hopi ear candles, nails, electrolysis, laser hair removal, injectables, make-up etc.

Selling retail

In a beauty salon you will be expected to have great customer service skills which will include selling retail products to customers. This is a highly desired skills to have as a beauty therapist, so make sure you emphasize and give examples of how good you are at this skill during your interview.

The main tasks will include booking appointments, greeting clients, tidying and cleaning work areas, checking stock levels, preparing stock for therapists, recording client details, using the till and dealing with money, helping clients, preparing for the next treatments, observing therapists and making tea or coffee for clients.

When do I have time to get beauty salon experience?

If you are in school, college or are working, then it is best to make sure you have enough time to study and do beauty salon experience. Working 1-3 days max at a beauty salon for experience is advised. Anymore and this may interfere with your studies.

If you are working, but also want to gain salon experience, make sure you have an employment contract signed before moving jobs. The reason for this is because many beauty salons work on a trial bases, so make sure you have your new job secured before you leave your original one.

How do I approach an employer?

he best way to approach an employer is to personally go in to see the employer. This shows confidence and maturity which will set you apart from other candidates. It also makes you more memorable when your CV is looked over.

Time to shine!

If you really want to land a job in the salon you are gaining experience in, here’s a few tips to make sure you shine bright!

  • Have an immaculate appearance e.g. stick to the uniform, iron the uniform, hair and nails tidy!
  • Remember to smile and remain calm. A beauty salon is all about client experience, show your employers that you can handle a bad situation and you can make clients feel welcome and comfortable
  • Accept criticism gracefully. Thank your employer for telling you what you were doing wrong and ensure you fix the problem
  • Don’t be late – lateness is unprofessional in any job and will land you in the bad books no matter how good you are as a therapist
  • Don’t just sit there! If you have nothing to do, always ask if you can help. It’s very frustrating for employers to have to keep asking you to complete tasks you already know you should be doing!