Here at Beauty Resource we understand that there are a number of things to consider before you make an appointment with a beautician. You'll want to know that they are good at what they do, and more importantly, you'll want to know that they are fully qualified to carry out the service they're advertising.
This is where we come in. We have a thorough approvals policy in place to ensure all beauticians who want to advertise with us provide us with evidence of their skills. This means that whenever you see the Beauty Resource Policy Approved seal on a beautician's profile, you'll know we have received the following:
For individual beauticians
- A relevant qualification and insurance cover; or
- Proof of registration with a professional body.
- A relevant qualification and insurance cover from at least one member of the salon; or
- Proof of registration with a professional body from at least one member of the salon or the salon itself.
If this evidence cannot be provided, the beautician/salon will not be allowed to advertise with us.
While our policy allows you to browse beauticians with confidence, we do recommend that you always check credentials before receiving a treatment. This way you can ensure these details still apply, as we do not monitor changes.
Are beauticians regulated?
In the UK there are currently no laws to stipulate the level of training a beautician must have in order to work - however there are certain treatments within the beauty industry that are regulated by law (this is explained in more detail under 'legally regulated treatments').
Although there are no laws in place for the majority of beauty treatments, we feel it is important to ensure beauticians are fully trained and qualified to carry out the service they advertise. This is why we put our proof policy in place, to ensure the beauticians listed with us have qualifications and insurance or are members of a beauty industry professional body.
When browsing beauticians' profiles on Beauty Resource, it is worth reading the 'training, qualifications and experience' section. This is where all of our members list their qualifications and go into detail about any additional courses or workshops they have attended. You can also see on their profile if they belong to a professional body.
Legally regulated treatments
Beauty Resource lists a number of treatments available from beauticians, some of which are regulated by law as they may be dangerous when carried out by an unqualified practitioner. Currently the only treatment we list that is legally regulated is dermatology. You can find out more about the regulations within this sector on our dermatology page.
In addition to dermatology we also list a number of other treatments, which are not currently regulated by law, however are still considered invasive and potentially dangerous. Because of this, we have chosen to only accept beauticians who are members of accredited professional bodies for such treatments:
You can find out more about these treatments and the professional bodies we accept by visiting the pages linked above.
There are a number of professional bodies (also referred to as member organisations) that support the beauty industry. Their job is to ensure beauticians uphold good standards of practice and ethical conduct. They also provide you, the customer, with a support network should anything go wrong or if you have a complaint.
Each professional body has different requirements, however they generally ask members to hold a certain level of training in their chosen specialty and may also encourage continued professional development (CPD) so they stay up to date with industry standards.
While it is not a legal requirement for beauticians to be a member of a professional body, knowing that your beautician has a certain level of training, is up to date with the latest techniques and is bound by a code of ethics can offer peace of mind.
To find out more about the different professional bodies we accept for membership, head over to our dedicated professional bodies page.
The Accredited Voluntary Register (AVR) scheme
The Accredited Voluntary Register (AVR) scheme launched in February 2013. Its intention is to provide additional protection to those looking for services that are not regulated by law. In order to become accredited by the AVR, professional bodies must be independently vetted and approved by the Professional Standards Authority.
The majority of bodies under the AVR scheme are in the health and care sector, including a growing number of beauty organisations. So when you see a professional body with the AVR logo, you can be assured that they require members to meet high standards of technical competence and personal behaviour.
A final note
Whichever beautician you decide to make an appointment with, please make sure that you ask to view a copy of their relevant qualifications, as well as up-to-date insurance and any professional body membership(s) before you begin your treatment. We strongly recommend that you do take the necessary steps to verify this information, as we will not be held responsible for any false information.
Whilst we use all reasonable endeavours to ensure our policy is adhered to, Beauty Resource is not intended as a website for verifying the qualifications, abilities, credentials or professionalism of any beauticians listed and is not responsible for any member listed in the directory. Although we see a relevant qualification for those not with a professional body, an approved listing does not mean that Beauty Resource endorses or accredits that qualification.
Beauty Resource does not warrant or represent that the directory or any part thereof is accurate or complete. Beauty Resource disclaims all warranties, either express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of fitness for particular purpose. Please read our Terms and Conditions for further information.
We list basic listings for some organisations for information purposes. We do not monitor basic listings and they will not have the Beauty Resource policy badge.