How to become a Mobile Beauty Therapist
- Price: £5.99
- Published: June 2017
- Type: Business Opportunity Profile
- Format: PDF
- Qualifications and skills
- Key market issues and trends
- Trading, commercial and legal issues
- Further information
Mobile beauty therapists (also referred to as beauticians) provide a range of beauty treatments such as facials, waxing and electrolysis, tanning, eyelash and eyebrow extensions and tints, body wraps, massages and other non-surgical beauty procedures. They generally provide beauty treatments at their clients' homes (including in residential care homes) and many therapists rent treatment rooms on an occasional basis by the day or part-day, for example in health spas or hairdressing salons.
Some beauticians specialise in a certain type of treatment or therapy, such as electrolysis, and many offer discounts on a selection of beauty treatments for the bride/groom, mum to be, hen, and birthday pamper packages.
Beauty treatments, including non-surgical procedures other than Botox, are not subject to statutory regulation across the UK. However, many local authorities place licensing requirements on beauty therapists intending to offer massage or other special treatments such as electrolysis. A mobile beauty therapist with clients in more than one local authority area may need to be licensed or registered with several local authorities.
The NHS also recommends that dermal fillers and other injectable cosmetic intervention procedures are only carried out by appropriately trained doctors, dentists or nurses in a clinical environment.
Individual beauty therapists must meet minimum qualification requirements needed for registration with the Register of Beauty Professionals, which was established by Habia (the standard-setting body for the UK's hair and beauty industries) in an attempt to address consumers' concerns about therapists' competence and the safety of treatments.
Although most mobile beauty therapists provide manicures and pedicures and make-up application, these are covered separately in BOP128, Nail Technician and BOP374, Make-up Artist respectively, and some provide hair extensions, which is covered in BOP303, Mobile Hairdresser. Some also offer additional complementary therapies such as reflexology, Reiki and Indian head massage. Information about each of these complementary therapies is also covered separately in BOP349, Reflexologist, BOP045, Reiki Practitioner and BOP498, Indian Head Massage Therapist.
This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a mobile beauty therapist. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.