Thursday, 1 November 2012

Why are more and more people taking up career in Beauty Industry?



It has been noticed recently that people from different  fields like  Medicine , Engineering, Airline , Fashion designing , call centers  etc are taking up Beauty Cosmetology and Hair dressing as their profession. Many people are wondering why this is happening.
If we take a closer look, it is not very difficult to understand why this is the case. Firstly Beauty Industry in India is Rs 12,000 Cr. Industry and it is the fastest growing industry in India at the rate of 30%.  Such high growth rate means plenty of job opportunities.
Basically there are 4 other reasons why this industry is very attractive.

1) It is high  paying : The top hair dresser  in Major Cities earn up to Rs1,70,000/- starting salary for a beauty therapist in a branded  SPA/Salon  is anywhere between 10,000-15000/- and can quickly earn  between 30,000-50,000/- within a span of 2 years time. Average earning of a well trained and qualified hair trainer is Rs30, 000/-

2) Huge Demands: Previously people use to go to salons and parlours only on special occasions. Now it has become as routine to visit beauty clinics and salons every much. Much like going to restaurant at least once a month. More demand is created as every one wants to look good these days including male members, teenagers and even older members of family. With this situation the demand for good trained professional is very high

3) Comfortable job timing:  Unlike hotels, airlines and call centres. Working hours in SPA/Salons are more comfortable and 99% of time it is only one day shift work. You can come home to catch up every day

4) Start your own business: Starting your own business in beauty is perhaps one of the easiest business. It requires low investment and money normally would start coming right from first day onwards.
For you to be successful in this industry it is important that you start well. To start with you should not make a mistake of learning from a salon itself as there would not be proper training facility and not enough practice as salon owner would not like their paying clients to be subjected to learning students.
i) First step is to identify a good beauty training school which has good training facility, qualified trainers, Accreditation from reputed body and has good ethics along with sound safety and hygiene standard. 
ii) Do not go just for skill training. Beauty Training is complete when you have proper knowledge of what you are doing. Students generally make this mistake of going for a short course and learn only the skill and learn how to do a particular treatment or styling. It is more important to how why a particular treatment or style has been recommended. This could only happen when you have thorough knowledge of subject. Learn both the Science and art of beauty education
iii) Learn to improve your communication and presentation skill: A well groomed beauty therapist/cosmetologist or a hair dresser along with good communication skills is a big asset to the company as they would be able to understand client better, build better rapport with clients and be in a position to explain why a particular treatment/style has been recommended. This would help n gaining client confidence and ensure the client would come back to you month on month for years together.
iv) Get certified: It is equally important that you get certified by a reputed body preferably by body whose certification is accepted worldwide. Such certification would help you get jobs not only in India but also any where in the world. Getting International certification is like getting your PASSPORT FOR AN INTERNATIONAL CAREER IN BEAUTY AND HAIR INDUSTRY.
Certification like that from CIDESCO (Switzerland), CIBTAC (UK) or City and Guild are among the best certification in the world
IF YOU START RIGHT. YOU WILL END RIGHT.
Have a beautiful career ahead of you

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Best beauty school: A stepping stone to the world of cosmetology

Let’s make the world beautiful, this is the mantra of every beauty school that takes responsibility to create best cosmologists who let people realized how beautiful they are. Today cosmologists are need of every industry be it a Hollywood, Bollywood, fashion world, corporate affairs or homely affair like wedding or parties.
There is a huge difference between demand and supply of skilled cosmologists. When you decide to built career in beauty, make sure to get enrolled in top beauty school that not only imparts best education but also provides career opportunities and let you excelled in specialized section of beauty. Today cosmetology is a global industry hence ensures your beauty school must match the training of international standard that will help you to explore several career opportunities beyond limits of countries.

There are several top beauty schools in India hence it is necessary to make wise choice by considering two important aspects.
  • Selecting beauty schools based on program and service offered by school.
  • Selecting beauty schools based on learning schedule.

Selecting beauty schools based on program and service offered by school

Beauty schools provide various kinds of services and teach under several programs. Hence while deciding schools you need to understand your choice and expectation from this career. Few schools teach all the skills under one section while other let you specialize in a particular field like hair, skin, beauty, etc.
A good beauty school provides theoretical as well as practical knowledge. The schools which can provide internship to students in salon or clinics can give them real experience in professional course.
These schools also provide short term courses with excellent quality that helps in personal grooming. If you wish to learn cosmetology for hobby or self-grooming then short term beauty course is ideal for you.
Apart from program or training one must also consider about services offered by beauty school in India. Many schools have tied-ups with several industries for placement purpose such schools not only ensure to crave your skills but also gives you good opportunity to start your career.
Best beauty school provides consultancy services to start own spa or salon. If you are planning to own a clinic or salon after cosmetology course, then such schools are best for you as also helps in hiring staff and setting up business from initial level. 

Selecting beauty schools based on learning schedule.
 
The other parameter that helps you to select best beauty school is its schedule. There are several schools that provide best education but have a rigid schedule. It becomes difficult for a person who is already working and wishes to excel their skill or students who are studying and wants to earn a professional degree simultaneously with traditional degree courses. However, some beauty schools provide part time and full time courses with flexible timings that let you experience the ease in completing a course.

Monday, 27 August 2012

Don’t PAY to get your beauty certification!!!

In India, the land of billion population beauty Salons/Parlours and Spas are growing rapidly and more and more people would join this industry with an intention to build their career and make financial progress in their life.

Many fresher’s who want to join this industry are clueless on how to start. Their situation is like someone who want to learn swimming. Intention is there and first thing what they do is look around and see what others are doing in swimming pool. Some are diving, some are floating some flap their hands and legs vigorously while some does it more smoothly. New learners try to do bit of all this and end up not knowing to do any of these. What is required in the first place is a guide or trainer who could guide with right technique and let you build on your strength.

Similarly those who want to take a plunge into this beauty industry must realize is that what works for one does not work for others. Each individual would be good at some or the other aspect of beauty enhancement either beauty therapy, SPA treatments, hair dressing, nail art or make up . What we need is a right person to understand individual’s strength and guide them accordingly.
Next thing after understanding ones strength is to go for right certification. Here I would like to mention that there are primarily two types of certification available

  1. Short term course certification 
  2. Long term Diplomas  

Certificate: This title is awarded by either Product companies if one undergoes seminar or workshop on how to use their products or by training institutes if a candidate undergoes short duration course or passive seminars (where learners only observe and no hands on practical session)
Such certificates have LOW credibility as the learners are not assessed for their skills acquired.
Such certificate are generally considered to be PAID  certificate and cannot be ones base of primary programs, at best it could be for top up skills and knowledge enhancement.

Diplomas: This title has more weight age in the industry and could be obtained only after the candidates undergo certain number of weeks generally spanning over 6 months to 1 year. Here learners must necessarily demonstrate their knowledge and skills acquired by way of theory and practical test.
Highest credibility is attached to those diplomas which are awarded by independent or neutral bodies which are into assessment and certification and not training schools.
World wide diplomas awarded by bodies such as CIDESCO(H.O Switzerland), CIBTAC(UK), City&Guild(UK), iTech(UK) are considered to be highly credible and readily accepted by industry . Best part is beauty professionals with such certification are highly respected and command better price in market. Goes without saying that such certification are valid even when you apply for VISA to work as professional overseas.
So don’t just PAY to get your certificate EARN it and have a prosperous career!!!

Friday, 24 August 2012

Why beauty career is right for teenagers!!

Mentality:

Teenage is always the right age to decide on choice of career. When I mention teen it is in fact not 18+ when most of them start thinking of what to do, I  meant 13 years of age. Yes that’s right!! Once inclination or orientation should be clear or discovered right at the age of 13-14 .It would save great deal of anxiety later as one approach 16years.

Most of parents/teenagers follow a certain mentality ,i.e if once you secure distinction one should take science a little below i.e first class we need to go for commerce side and anything below that should take Arts or any other discipline. Most of them do not know what to do next. They postpone their decision of career choice until graduation is over. I would like to mention  here that majority of them fail to map core personality triads/competencies  of an individual with the discipline they choose to graduate from.

How to choose career:

While choosing career following should be considered

  • What Industry /Sector one should be joining
  • What functional role would one want to play at the starting stage of career and where would one like to see oneself after 10-15 years in the same industry

Industry growth
Choice of industry  should be determined by the current industry(sector) growth rate as well as its potential to grow in the next 15-20 years. Goes without saying that higher the growth of that sector/industry higher would be ones remuneration.

Here beauty industry score way above most of the industry with a phenomenal 20-40 percent growth depending  on which spectrum of beauty industry is being considered whether it is beauty cosmetic products we are referring to or beauty and wellness service industry. Only other industry which has higher growth rate is healthcare .

Role/function
Having witnessed  the phenomenal growth story of beauty sector in the last decade which had largely been unorganized growth, coming decade would see explosion of organized player in this industry bringing in international expertise(know how) namely  products , technologies , services, training and marketing insights.

This also means that if one decides to take a plunge into this beauty industry it does not mean one would remain only a hairdresser, makeup artist or a beauty therapist(where emphasis is more on skill).  It means there are plethora of functional role one could take up  as in any other sector like marketing, administration, training, franchise management, supply chain management, product consultant, product or service research  etc. It is just a matter of time when we would see diplomas degrees and management program revolving round beauty to build expertise as mentioned above.

I have no doubt when I state that beauty industry would do to our country what IT industry has done till date. Contribute largely to GDP of our country and even better build many entrepreneurs.

Thus beauty industry would empower many more lives than one could ever imagine.

I would like to end my article on a note that as long as human being stays in a civilized society and Beauty industry is bound to grow. Write your future today.

Welcome to a beautiful career!!!.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Salon Graduate Program Launch 2012

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Why is CIDESCO Qualification so Special !!

There are many reasons why almost every beauty therapist worldwide aspires to be CIDESCO qualified. Below are some of the top reasons.

i) It is one of the most comprehensive Beauty Therapy program with due weight age given to theory and practical.

ii) Complete syllabus takes minimum 1200 hrs which includes Anatomy - Physiology, basic beauty service advance facial and body treatment along with make-up training.

iii) Perhaps only program to have special projects designed to encourage students to seek knowledge beyond their syllabus and improve their documentation and research skills.

iv) Great emphasis on client safety and hygiene practice.

v) Completely unbiased student assessment by neutral examiner from overseas destination.

vi) You can obtain CIDESCO diploma only when you complete minimum 600 hrs of actual salon experience after your final assessment. An excellent CIDESCO practice which would ensure students are not only qualified through controlled learning environment but also have real life practice in real environment before they are certified.

vii) Eminent personalities on board for over 60 years and presence in 33 countries has lend tremendous credibility to CIDESCO qualification and is easily the most preferred qualification among employers world wide.

viii) CIDESCO qualification is considered as your passport to international beauty career.

ix) CIDESCO annual conference provides excellent opportunities for CIDESCO graduates to upgrade their knowledge.

x) Post Graduate Diploma (PG Diploma) in CIDESCO allows every beauty therapist having over 3 years of working experience to get this certification in shorter duration.

4 Reasons to Opt a Career in the Beauty Industry

It has been noticed recently that people from different fields like Medicine , Engineering, Airline , Fashion designing , call centres etc are taking up Beauty Cosmetology and Hair dressing as their profession. Many people are wondering why this is happening.

If we take a closer look, it is not very difficult to understand why this is the case. Firstly Beauty Industry in India is Rs 12,000 Cr. Industry and it is the fastest growing industry in India at the rate of 30%. Such high growth rate means plenty of job opportunities.

Basically there are 4 other reasons why this industry is very attractive.

1) It is high paying : The top hair dresser in Major Cities earn up to Rs1,70,000/- starting salary for a beauty therapist in a branded SPA/Salon is anywhere between 10,000-15000/- and can quickly earn between 30,000-50,000/- within a span of 2 years time. Average earning of a well trained and qualified hair trainer is Rs30,000/-.

2) Huge Demand : Previously people use to go to salons and beauty parlours only on special occasions. Now it has become as routine to visit beauty clinics and salons every much. Much like going to restaurant at least once a month. More demand is created as every one wants to look good these days including male members, teenagers and even older members of family. With this situation the demand for good trained professional is very high.

3) Comfortable job timing : Working hours in a SPA/Salons are more comfortable and 99% of time it is only one day shift work. You can come home to catch up every day.

4) Start your own business : Starting your own business in beauty is perhaps one of the easiest business . It requires low investment and money normally would start coming right from first day onwards.

For you to be successful in this industry it is important that you start well. To start with you should not make a mistake of learning from a salon itself as there would not be proper training facility and not enough practise as salon owner would not like their paying clients to be subjected to learning students.

i) First step is to identify a good beauty training school which has good training facility, qualified trainers, Accreditation from reputed body and has good ethics along with sound safety and hygiene standard.

ii) Do not go just for skill training . Beauty Training is complete when you have proper knowledge of what you are doing . Students generally make this mistake of going for a short course and learn only the skill and learn how to do a particular treatment or styling . It is more important to how why a particular treatment or style has been recommended. This could only happen when you have thorough knowledge of subject. Learn both the Science and art of beauty education.

iii) Learn to improve your communication and presentation skill: A well groomed beauty therapist/cosmetologist or a hair dresser along with good communication skills is a big asset to the company as they would be able to understand client better, build better rapport with clients and be in a position to explain why a particular treatment/style has been recommended. This would help n gaining client confidence and ensure the client would come back to you month on month for years together.

iv) Get certified : It is equally important that you get certified by a reputed body preferably by body whose certification is accepted worldwide. Such certification would help you get jobs not only in India but also any where in the world. Getting International certification is like getting your PASSPORT FOR AN INTERNATIONAL CAREER IN BEAUTY AND HAIR INDUSTRY.

Certification like that from CIDESCO (Switzerland), CIBTAC (UK) or City and Guild are among the best certification in the world.

9 Parameters to Evaluate a Good Beauty Training School

That old saying “look before you leap” holds true even today as you make important career-related decisions in life such as enrolling with a beauty training school to make a secure career in the fast-growing beauty industry in India.

The Indian beauty industry is presently estimated to be over Rs.12,000 crores and growing at a rate of over 35%, which is much faster than several other sectors. It is fast growing as a lucrative career choice for many graduates and professionals. In a recent development, several IIT graduates came together to set up chain of spas, indicating the kind of talent this industry is now attracting. Considering the stupendous of the industry, it is not surprising to see the huge demand for highly trained beauty and hair professionals. That brings us to the important question as to how does one choose a good beauty training school .

There are 9 important parameters which prospective students should consider.

a) Curriculum: Prospective students must ensure that the institute they are going to choose should offer industry-relevant curriculum. One of the best ways to verify this to check whether the curriculum is aligned to well-known international standards. Some of the best beauty therapists in the world are found in Europe. That’s because of very high standards of safety and hygiene as well as treatment procedures followed in these countries. Hence it makes sense for Indian students to look for beauty schools in India that follow the curriculum accepted in Europe and other developed nations. Not only will students would stand to gain by learning the best programs without having to leave the country, but also save them a lot of cost. Moreover, schools offering their own curriculum tend to skew their curriculum in favour of available resources, which may not often be in the best interest of students.

b) Accreditation: It is important to know whether the beauty school which you intend to join has been accredited by any product-neutral and reputed academic body. This would ensure that the school is adhering to those standards and is expected to maintain certain quality standard to retain their accreditation. Do find out whether their accreditation is currently valid or not. The best way to do that to check on the website of the accrediting body.

c) Infrastructure: A good school should not give a feeling of being in a garage. The school should have enough space for students to have their theory and practical sessions without feeling claustrophobic. Having access to library books is an added advantage. It goes without saying that a world class beauty training school would place very high emphasis on cleanliness and hygiene; and, state-of-the-art equipment for beauty treatments.

d) Trainer quality: Quality of training depends a lot on quality of trainers. A good training school should have an array of full time trainers in their system who are not only knowledgeable and have relevant qualifications (preferably international qualification) but should also know the nuances of training .

e) Placement facility: The real objective of undergoing beauty training is to make a career in this industry. A good training school should always have student placement at the top of their agenda. It is important to check the track record of past students placed by the school and whether the school has a dedicated placement division to ensure that every student trained by them are placed.

f) Hands-on practise: In more ways than one, beauty training is very different from other training. It requires plenty of hands-on training for students to gain confidence. Ask whether the training school has a mechanism or system in place to provide for students to gain enough practical knowledge?

g) Emphasis on all round growth: For succeeding in a career in the beauty industry, it is not enough that the school trains you on technical skills alone. Today, the industry is very demanding and expects beauty professionals to follow corporate norms of grooming and have sound customer service skills that reflect its professional image. Beauty schools should have training sessions dedicated to grooming, customer service and communication skills. These are very essential for student success.

h) Certification: It is always good to research on what qualification/certification is the most widely accepted globally. To mention a few in the field of beauty therapy: CIDESCO (Switzerland) or a CIBTAC (UK) qualification is considered to be the best in the world while for qualification in hair the one from CITY and GUILD(UK) is widely accepted in over 100 countries. These qualifications also help students who are planning to migrate to other countries for better opportunities to obtain visas as well as obtain overseas employment.

i) Bank loan facility: If a school claims to provide bank loan facility, one could be assured of the reputation of the institution as banks would never provide loans to students of institutes whose credibility is questionable. While such a facility is a boon to those seeking financial assistance from a bank for their education , it is an assurance of the institute’s reputation for students.