Insights into Beautician as a career
- Beautician career gives you the freedom to either work for a reputed beauty parlor or opens your own at very reasonable cost. There are several women, who are running successful businesses from their home itself.
- This profession allows you to work at your own pace.
- You will meet a lot of people on daily basis. Some will criticize you and some others will appreciate your work. Therefore, it is important to speak politely and deal with everyone with patience.
- Self-motivation is very important in the initial days, as it takes time to establish yourself in this field.
- Today, the competition is tough. So, apart from working hard, making contacts helps as well.
- This is one of the fastest growing field and sky is the limit for the talented.
- Charge clients according to the service you provide. While making price sheet, keep in mind the demographic and the reputation of your work. An experienced person can charge high for the same thing.
Name – Anita Chandelkar
Profession – Beautician
Age – 52
Gender – Female
Industry – Beauty, and Care
City – Sarni, near Bhopal
Where have you been born and raised?
I was born and brought up in the village Parasia, near Chindwada in MP.
I was the youngest daughter amongst 8 siblings (4 brothers and 3 sisters). My dad was a WCL employee and mom was a homemaker.
Growing up was not very easy because we were not financially well off. We had a small house, which had hall and kitchen combined. One room for parents and other for all kids.
Who had the most influence on you and how?
I was very young when my sisters got married. My brothers, much like brothers in those days, put restrictions on my movement. Only mom supported me. She always stood up for me and inspired me to carve out a life of my own.
After marriage, my husband was my influencer. I wanted to do beautician course as a hobby, but he motivated me to take it seriously and pursue it as a career.
My husband worked hard to make me successful. He used to pick/drop me from my center. It was his support that kept me going.
Please give a summary of your career.
After finishing my high school, I took 6-months diploma course from VLCC. After that, I joined a beauty parlor near my house.
Then, after 4 years, I started on my own. I opened a beauty parlor, which provided basic facilities like threading, simple haircuts and facial.
I attended several workshops and read several magazines, which are generally of 1–7 days. These workshops are usually conducted by professionals who are working in the television industry. With more knowledge and experience, I kept expanding my parlor.
Slowly, I started doing makeup, manicure, pedicure and advanced haircuts etc.
In today’s time, I keep myself updated with the use of the Internet.
It’s been 15 years long journey. Now, I am not only running a successful beauty parlor but take out time to teach young girls. Currently, I have 10 students.
Which institutes are best for the training/education of beautician?
What are the costs associated with the training/education of this profession?
Back then it was affordable. Training should not cost more than few lakhs now. For example, VLCC used to charge around 50,000/- INR for a year training. Same was true for Jawed Habib training.
Almost all courses conduct a test at the end of the course, basis which, they award a certificate. If you are good, then you get a job offer.
What are the typical entry-level jobs as a beautician?
You could start on your own or can join a beauty parlor. You don’t necessarily need a degree, but a diploma is recommended.
Anyone from any stream can join this profession.
If you are planning to join a famous parlor, then I recommend courses from VLCC or Jawed Habib. After the course, they hire you as an intern to work as an assistant in their salons. Based on your caliber and hard-work, you can rise fast and earn a lot of money.
What is the range of income one can expect in your line of career & industry?
It totally depends on the city you work in, whether on your own or working for a parlor.
Following is average income from your own beauty parlor in a small city like mine.
5 year – INR 30,000 to 50,000 per month
10 years – 60,000 to 1,00,000 per month
15 years – 1,50,000 to 3,00,000 per month
20 years – 3,00,000 to 6,00,000 per month
Please describe your work.
My day starts with household work. Then, I reach parlor by 10 am. I usually work till 7/8 pm. The entire day, I deal with different clients. Some days, I have too many clients and some other days, it feels like a holiday.
I take Sunday off.
Wedding season is our peak season. Brides want the best; hence we have to devote extra time and effort to make sure she looks best on the most important day of her life!
What are some of the positives which would encourage someone to consider beautician as a career?
I like dressing up, therefore, this profession is a natural extension of my passion. Secondly, if you are talented, then you can work in the glamour world such as fashion, TV, movies and can get famous easily.
Within your community and neighborhood, you become very famous and earn a lot of respect.
The other benefit is that as you meet several people, you make a lot of friends.
The work environment is also very relaxing, as the clients are there to relax, so you can easily and calmly do your work.
What are some of the challenges that you would want someone to be aware of when considering this career/job?
In this line, it is easy to get certified by an institute. The real challenge is to do something with it. It is not easy to keep your interest and motivation high, especially when working hours are long and your clients are giving you hard-time for even small issues.
Secondly, this industry is very dynamic. Trends change, products used in beauty parlor get replaced, new tools come in and customer’s expectations vary. So, the real challenge is to keep your continuously updated.
Essentially, this is an individualistic profession. You have to be at the top of your game every day. This is one big challenge, as you are a human being.
Another big challenge is that it is a tiring job as you have to stand for hours.
Because of long working hours, maintaining work-life balance is a challenge. I am continuously working either at home or at the parlor.
What kind of a person would be happy in your career?
A person who has innate passion and willingness to provide service to people, help them look better will really enjoy this work. A person who likes fashion and glamour will love it.
Given another choice, what would you do differently as far as your professional selection are concerned?
Anything related to the creative field, maybe a costume or fashion designer.
What would be your advice to students or professionals who are just starting their journey on a path like yours?
It is a general perception, that this is not a profession. However, this job requires an equal amount of dedication, passion, and interest in any other job and provides great income.
I advise students to consider this profession if you have the inclination for it.
Contributing Writer – Aprajita Chandelkar