What is a beautician?
A beautician is an individual who provides treatments for a wide range of beauty and grooming needs, including skin care, eyebrow and eyelash treatments, make-up, waxing, massage, nail care and male grooming. Beauty therapists can also advise on exercise and dietary control, and many are qualified to administer electrical treatments.
Beauticians usually work from a salon or spa but some are willing to visit a location of your choice to provide the treatment (including your home and office).
A qualified beautician/beauty therapist should also be able to recognise when a client needs referring to another professional e.g. a dermatologist for skin problems.
I am a man looking for a beautician - do they always cater to both sexes?
Most salons and individuals will offer unisex treatments for both male and female clients. However, some gender-specific salons do exist. Male grooming salons, for instance, specialise in beauty treatments adapted specifically for male clients. Please visit our male grooming page to find out about the great taboo of male beauty, the benefits of maintaining a well-groomed appearance and the range of male-only treatments available to you.
To find out if a beautician caters for your sex, simply click on their profile. Any gender-specific treatments (such as barbering for men and eyelash extensions for women) should be listed under 'Treatments'.
I want to know more about the beauty industry itself - where do I go?
Head straight over to our History of the beauty industry page for interesting statistics, surprising facts and a brief guide to beauty through time. Here we answer questions like:
- What is beauty?
- Why is beauty so important?
- What effect does beauty have on success in the workplace?
- Who invented make-up?
- How much is the beauty industry worth today?
How can I be assured that I am going to see a professional?
If you see the seal to the left, it means Beauty Resource has seen a relevant qualification and insurance cover or proof of registration with a professional body. Please read our Beauty Resource Policy page for details.
If you are wary about visiting a beautician we would suggest choosing one who is a member of a professional body.
What is a professional body?
There are various professional bodies (also known as member organisations) in existence that have taken on the role of self-regulation of beauticians. Membership will mean they have met certain requirements set by their professional body and must abide by a code of ethics and complaints procedure.
Visit our Professional Bodies page for more information.
Where can I find information about deals and special offers on your site?
Our beauticians regularly advertise special deals and offers in our Offers section. In this section you can search for your location as well as the particular treatment you have in mind. For instance, if you live in London and fancy a special offer on a facial, simply use the drop down menu at the top of the page to select the appropriate options. If no results appear then its likely that no special deals or events have been listed in your area.
If you're not too bothered about location or specific treatments, you can click on the calendar icon in the top right hand corner. This will trigger a pop-up calendar listing all events and special deals coming up in the near future, from all across the UK.
Where can I find product reviews and beauty news?
You will find our Tips & News section by clicking the link or heading to the 'Tips & News' tab at the top of this page. Here you will find weekly blogs recommending on-trend products and collections from the world's most popular brands, as well as leading beauty industry news. This section also features professional beauty tips from our registered beauticians, who will be helping you to look your best whatever the occasion.
I have never been to a salon or spa before - what might it look like?
Visiting a beauty professional for the first time can be daunting for anyone. It can help to know a little about what to expect.
What your salon looks like will of course differ depending on what salon you choose. However, you can expect the following:
- Private treatment rooms with beauty beds - for massages, facials or any treatment that requires a certain amount of modesty.
- Work stations with mirrors - for hairdressing treatments, nail treatments etc. These will usually be located in the main body of the salon, meaning you may have your treatment administered alongside other clients.
- Tanning booths - spray tans are administered in private phone-box-like booths so you'll never have to parade about in your paper pants in front of anyone but your beauty professional.
Pools, hot tubs, saunas and relaxation rooms are usually available in spas but not in salons. Whereas spas maintain a relaxing, hotel-like feel, salons offer a more clinical environment. All salons and spas should be pristine with disposable paper coverings over beauty beds, clean floors and sanitised equipment. If you ever have any doubts about the cleanliness of a salon you visit, never feel obliged to continue with your treatment. All salons are expected to offer a warm, inviting and hygienic environment.
Will I be expected to make conversation with my beauty professional?
Beauty salons are traditionally social places where you can catch up on the latest gossip and discuss your favourite TV programmes. Often, clients who go to the same salon repeatedly will build up a warm relationship with their beauty professional.
Of course, no one is ever expected to make conversation with their beauty professional. In fact, many beauty treatments, such as massages and facials, require a certain amount of quietness to maintain a relaxing, peaceful environment essential for unwinding and de-stressing.
Some specialist treatments, such as eyelash perming and eyebrow tinting, have a higher risk factor meaning that your beauty professional will probably want to concentrate without making chit-chat.
Whereas the salon environment often offers a fantastic social experience, the spa is more suited to those who prefer to sit back and enjoy the treatment without feeling obliged to make conversation. Spas tend to have specially designated relaxation rooms where clients can lie back, close their eyes and enjoy speaking to no one at all.
Will I be expected to take my clothes off in front of my beauty professional?
Another daunting part of having certain beauty treatments is the taking-your-clothes-off part. Some treatments - full-body massages, for instance, require a certain level of nudity. However, you will never have to appear fully naked in front of your beauty therapist. With the careful draping and arranging of towels, massage therapists can expose only the parts of the body they are working on, while leaving the rest covered.
Having a spray tan is a little different - in this situation you will be required to expose all parts of your body that you want tanned. So, if you want your stomach, thighs, breasts and buttocks to have a bronzed glow, you're going to have to let your beautician see them.
Remember, beauticians probably come into contact with hundreds of partially naked bodies of all shapes and sizes throughout their careers. They are not judging you. Their priority is to make sure you enjoy and benefit from the treatment as much as possible. If at any point you feel uncomfortable, simply ask for a towel and your beauty professional will understand.
What if a treatment goes wrong? Will I get my money back?
When a treatment goes wrong, the effects can often be devastating. Luckily - beauty treatments rarely go wrong.
Qualified professionals are obliged to conduct a consultation with you prior to your treatments to discuss any allergies and conditions you might have, as well as carrying out a patch test if harsh chemicals are going to be applied to your hair or skin.
If something does go wrong, like skin damage, scarring, blistering, blindness, inflammation and hair or skin loss, you may be within your rights to make a personal injury claim against the professional, salon or spa that administered the treatment.
How do I contact a beautician?
You can use our search system to find beautician all across the UK for the treatment of your choice. Use our advanced search system to specify particular treatments from the drop-down menu, or type a keyword if you can't find what you are looking for. You will then be free to select a beautician from the list of results. Although we encourage our members to fill their profiles with as much useful information as possible, you can always call or email them for specific inquiries.
How do I use this site?
If you would like help navigating our site, then you may find our Help page useful. Here we provide a guide on how to use each section of our site, from the search system and member profiles, to the information pages and member articles.