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Job Trend: The Rise in Esthetics Jobs

Are you considering a career in esthetics? Not sure whether to take the plunge? There isn’t a better time than right now to get started. Recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that there will be an increase in jobs for licensed estheticians. The data predicts an increase of as much as 25 percent more jobs from 2010 to 2020! That is an incredible growth rate for just one industry. Right now there is a high demand for skin care specialists all over the country, which is great news for individuals working toward their esthetics license.

OK, so exactly what type of jobs are out there? Once you are licensed, there is a wide variety of career choices to consider. From a traditional esthetician working at a spa or luxury cruise line to a makeup artist working with bridal parties or even celebrities! Several of our very own Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics graduates have gone on to own successful spa businesses. Perhaps you’re more interested in the business side of skin care, such as an assistant buyer, inspector or salesperson. There are also instructor jobs and beauty editor jobs to consider. The possibilities beyond an education in esthetics are almost endless!

The best part of choosing an esthetics career is how quickly and easily you can train, obtain your license and then move on to working. At Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics, the basic esthetics program is only 300 hours of training. That’s just ten weeks if you attend full-time. There are part-time day and evening options available too, which are great for those looking for a career switch or also high school students that aren’t interested in a four year degree.

Are you a Catherine Hinds Graduate? Take a look at some of your available career choices in more detail and see for yourself. Your dream job could be just around the corner!

Week 10 as a Catherine Hinds Student

Hello to all of the esthetics lovers that read my blog. I’m so sorry I haven’t posted in a while – I have been busy, busy! Week 10 at CHI was by far the busiest so far!

A month ago we were assigned a make-up project that required us to apply make-up to two paper faces, re-creating the “bridal look” and the “bold look.”  We also had to make a key that explained which make-up, and how many products, we used to create the looks. This project was a great way to put all that we had learned in the classroom into practical use, and it was a lot of fun! Before handing in our projects, we also had to present them to the rest of the class. I couldn’t believe how elaborate some of my classmates made their projects. One of the girls affixed a veil to her bridal look and even added earrings!

Later in the week we learned how to do a back facial.  The back facial is very similar to a regular facial, except that the installation of the client is different. Like a regular facial, you cleanse, analyze, massage, and extract the back.  The back massage is definitely more physically demanding than a face massage, but it’s not too strenuous.  Now that we know how to do the back facial we are almost ready to go in to the clinic and take real clients!

But, not before our practicals and exams!

The week ended with our make-up practical. Practicals are our chance to show our instructors the techniques we have learned, and be graded on it.  For our make-up practical, we had to make-over our partner and give them the “soft & subtle look.”  We were graded on our color choices, and how appropriate the colors were to the look, how we followed sanitation guidelines, and the techniques we used to apply the makeup.

You wouldn’t believe how many times you have to use antibacterial lotion during a make-up application! My hands were so dry by the end of it, but I guess that’s the price you pay for being sanitary!  I thought I would be more nervous during the practical, but once we began it was as if we were just practicing during a regular class. The best thing about it was that nothing that they graded us on came as a surprise. Our classes really prepared us for these exams.

Having our make-up practical this week gave us a good idea of what to expect for next week during our facial practical. Wish me luck!

Week 9 as a Catherine Hinds Student

Knowledge really is power. In esthetics, product and sales knowledge is just as important as a full understanding of skincare. Our class room time this week was focused on the business side of esthetics. Our lecture focused on the idea that, while selling products and services is an important part of the success of a salon or spa, it is just as important that we provide the client with a product that will benefit them.

Noelle, our instructor, taught us that the act of showing our clients products that will benefit them is not simply selling to them, as much as it is advising them. She referred to this as consultative selling. The more I thought about it, the more I felt that this is how everyone in a sales role should act. When you advise and consult with your client, you are showing an interest in their well-being. This takes the focus off of “making the sale” and helps you build a repertoire with your client.

Of course, in order to consult effectively you must know the product you are selling inside and out. This is the part I find to be challenging. In skincare, knowing your product means knowing all of the ingredients and what they do, what types of skin will benefit the most from them, and directions for use. This isn’t always easy, but it is absolutely important in our future careers!

One of my classmates shared a personal story about her experiences with this. She had never had an esthetician recommend a skin care regimen after a facial. She said that she would go from salon to salon, waiting for one of them to try and sell her products, but no one ever had. This was a great example for our class to hear because it shows just how important taking the time to advise on products is to client retention.

This led us in to the top five ways to keep clients coming back. Here are my notes:
1. Always provide quality service.
2. Listen to your client and actively understand what they want. Ensure that you provide this to her/him.
3. Pay full attention to your client- make them feel special.
4. Improve your listening skills.
5. Encourage clients to rebook appointments. (Always know the special offers going on, since that provides incentive!)

I think that this is one of the most beneficial classes we have had. Some people find selling to be natural and it’s easy for them, but most people find it to be nerve wracking. I think talking about all of this, and providing us with instruction on how to best offer our clients products, helped ease a lot of our concerns. The goal of education is to learn as much as you can to succeed. This class most definitely gave us the knowledge we need for product and sales success!

Week 8 as a Catherine Hinds Student

The only thing I was worried about when I signed up for esthetics school was letting a fellow student wax my eyebrows. So, when I looked at our schedule and realized it was “face waxing” week, I panicked. As I drove to school, all I could think about was that this could be the last time my eyebrows were commuting for awhile. I’m proud to report that I left class with both eyebrows intact though!

Noelle, our instructor, showed us how to do a face wax and how to properly shape an eyebrow. Our previous knowledge of face shapes and the sections of the face proved to be important for this lesson. Then, just like with everything else we have been taught, we had a chance to practice on one another. It wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be to take a classmate’s eyebrows into my own hands and be responsible for the outcome.
I was very impressed with everyone’s capabilities. It seemed like after a little practice we were all confident in our work. The opportunity to practice on each other in the classroom is a very important part of our education. I can’t imagine going in to a salon and performing these services on a client without having this prior experience. Our practice runs will be even more beneficial when we go in to the student clinic and actually perform these services on the general public.

This week we also had a science quiz as part of our classroom time. I really like how the curriculum at CHI is organized. We learn specific topics in class, and then have a review session before our quizzes and tests. The quizzes are helpful too, because they give you an idea of how well you are keeping up with the material. This is another example of how CHI truly does set you up for success. (And, I know you’re all curious to know what I got on my quiz… I am proud to say I got an A! Not too bad considering I didn’t do so hot in high school science!)

Week 7 as a Catherine Hinds Student

This week was full of more make-up! We spent our class time learning how to create a “bridal” makeup look. The bridal look is accomplished by using soft and subtle colors to accentuate the eyes and lips. Noelle, our instructor, started class by demonstrating this look and teaching us how to choose the appropriate colors. She chose a palette of browns for the eyes and a natural lip color. Noelle took us from start to finish, explaining in detail how to accomplish each step of the application. This gave us the chance to ask any questions we had before going at it ourselves!

After watching Noelle’s demonstration, we partnered up with one another and attempted to recreate the bridal look. Since everyone in the class has different levels of experience with make-up application, the bridal style was a perfect practice run for everyone. It was a great refresher for people that have a lot of experience with make-up application and provided good practice for my classmates that have had minimal exposure.

I think the easiest part of creating the bridal look was picking out the colors to use. We have learned so much about what colors are complimentary; we were able to easily choose appropriate colors for this look. The hardest part for me, and I think my classmates would agree, was making sure that we sanitized appropriately. For example, you can’t apply eye liner on one eye and go directly to the other. You must apply liner to one eye, sanitize and sharpen the liner, and then sanitize your hands before you go to the next eye. It is a lot to remember and can be stressful since what we do in class replicates what the state board exam is going to be like.

This week we also learned about different face shapes. Understanding face shapes is important when you are applying make-up – it’s easier to enhance someone’s look if you understand their face shape. At the end of class one night we went through each student and guessed what face shapes we each had. We have quite a variety in our class. Check out my pictures to see!

Week 6 as a Catherine Hinds Student

Finally, week 6, and our make-up lessons, arrived! Make-up was the week I had been waiting for! During college I worked in a Sephora-like boutique, though it never really felt like work.  Working there, I realized that I had a deep love of make-up because of its ability to enhance one’s beauty, and because of the art and creativity behind it.

Since make-up application is an art, we first reviewed the color wheel and did a small in-class art project to familiarize ourselves with colors, hues, and shades. I felt like I was in kindergarten again using fingerpaints, but it was a nice refresher. (Check out my beautiful color wheel in the photo album!)

After our art project, our first class covered the historyof make-up.  Even though I have read alot about the make-up industry, there was still a lot that I didn’t know. Our instructor took us from ancient times all the way to the present, teaching us what was used for make-up and why.  It was fascinating to find out that the first trace of make-up was in Ancient Egypt – they would darken their eyebrows with coal, tint their eyelids with green malachite, and paint their lips with red clay.  It’s crazy to think that this attention to one’s appearance has been a part of our culture for hundreds of years!

We then watched a documentary called, “Beauty in a Jar”,which explored the social, racial, sexual, and political history of the American beauty culture.  This documentary was inspiring because it focused on the women who are responsible for the now $30 billion a year industry. These incredible women include Madam Walker, Helena Rubenstein, and Elizabeth Arden.  The documentary also examined changing beauty ideals and what beautifying means to women and American life.  It was very engaging and the perfect thing to watch before actually entering the make-up room.

Once in the make-up studio we were given a demonstration onhow to choose the best foundation color for skin tones.  Our instructor told us that 80% of women wearthe wrong color foundation, and I believe it! We were taught to test three different foundations on the jawline of our clients, since this is the skin wewant to match the foundation to. I knew some of this from my experiences at the make-up store, but I think we all really benefited from the lesson and learned a brand new skill!  While in the make-up room we also got a sneak peek of a soon-to-be graduate doing her make-up practical exam.  It was awesome for us to see what we are going to have to do in a few weeks, but I don’t think she liked an audience of 15 students watching her!

Stay tuned, next week is facial waxing (yikes!) and more make-up!

Week 5 as a Catherine Hinds Student

In our fifth week of esthetics school at CHI, we dove head first into the science curriculum. I never realized that understanding the science of the human body was important for an esthetician, but as our lectures began, it quickly became clear to me that it’s extremely important. Bacteriology and sanitation were the main focus of our lectures this week.

We learned in bacteriology that there are hundreds of kinds of bacteria and that they are broken in to two types: nonpathogenic (beneficial bacteria) and pathogenic (harmful bacteria). I was surprised to hear that the body’s first line of defense against bacteria is clean, unbroken skin. Every time I learn something new about the skin I am surprised and impressed that it plays such an important role in our day to day life! The pathogenic bacteria are the reason why esthetics schools and salons must maintain certain sanitary standards. If an esthetician does not sanitize properly she could potentially spread disease. This is why it is imperative to understand how the spreading of disease can be prevented and what precautions we must take in a salon/spa to protect both our health and the health of our clients.

This made me think about how often I have read salon reviews on “Yelp” that mention the cleanliness of both the esthetician and the salon/spa itself. To satisfy my curiosity, I went online and read a few reviews of local salons. There was one review that really stood out to me – the reviewer spoke highly of her treatment but because of the lack of sanitation she said she would not be a returning client. This is when it really became clear to me why we are spending so much time on science, and specifically sanitation, in esthetics school.

During the last part of this week we learned how to give a European Facial. This facial is different from the American Facial because it uses a steam machine instead of a heat mask, and a finishing mask instead of the galvanic mask. The rest of the facial is the same and includes cleansing, exfoliating, massaging, and extracting. I think I prefer the American Facial, since the heat mask heats the skin to a deeper level than the steam machine. This allows us to extract more easily and for a longer time. Heating the skin is very important in order to avoid scarring and makes for a more pleasant experience for the client.

I can’t believe I have learned how to do TWO different facials in just five weeks! I am so excited for next week because we are heading in to make-up, which is heaven for me!

Week 4 as a Catherine Hinds Student

Every two weeks CHI gives me a progress report, and lucky for you, I am right on track with my education and will continue to keep blogging away! According to my progress report I have a 95.4% attendance rate – this one is definitely going on the fridge!

Week 4 is W(ax)EEK! Since day one our instructor has been telling us to grow out the hair on our legs, underarms, and bikini lines so that we can practice waxing. Thankfully the first few weeks of class went by quickly, as we were becoming a hairy bunch! We began the day with a lecture on hair removal. Our instructor walked us through examples of when waxing should not be performed on clients, like on someone who is sunburned. This was important to go over because waxing is a deep removal of the hair and can really hurt and/or disrupt the skin of people with certain conditions.

When we first arrived in the wax room I knew I was right at home. The wax was PINK and called Bombshell, to boot! I love anything pink, so the fear of waxing quickly went away. How could something pink be painful, right? Wrong! Bombshell is a hard wax that lifts the hair from above and below the surface of the skin, leaving you hair free for weeks.

Our instructor demonstrated how to properly sanitize our work area and then waxed one of my classmate’s legs. There is quite a technique to waxing. We learned that you apply wax in the direction that the hair grows and remove it in the opposite direction. It is great to first learn by watching and then be able to practice on each other. I had waxed before so I felt very comfortable with it. I could see that some of my classmates were nervous at first but once they practiced they seemed to gain confidence. Learning how to properly sanitize while waxing and hearing tips on how to cause less pain to the client emphasized to me just how important it is to be a trained esthetician and practice as much as possible while in school.

And our final lesson in the wax room? Brazilian. That’s all I’m going to say. Why I ever offered to be the model for this waxing, I’ll never know! But, the class really appreciated me offering to be the “guinea pig” for this wonderful waxing experience. Because of me, my classmates got to learn first-hand how to do a Brazilian wax from the instructor, and I think that is valuable to all of us. And now my good deed of the month is DONE!

I hope you’re all enjoying my time at CHI as much as I am! Is there anything I’m leaving out? Anything you want more inside scoop on? Questions, comments, and of course compliments are welcome!

Week 3 as a Catherine Hinds Student

It’s so interesting to observe a class full of women. The first week we were all very quiet and demure, but by week three we are babbling away, chatting with everyone! I’m sure all of the classes here at CHI are full of fabulous women, but I like to think that my class is a very special bunch of ladies!

We covered so much this week – mitts & boots, the heat mask, extraction, and the galvanic mask. These last remaining lessons finished our training on what is known as “The American Facial.” It was exciting to finish a unit and know all the steps for a service. If you haven’t had mitts and boots put on during a facial, you’re missing out. We massage your hands and feet, and then put them in warm mitts and boots to help you relax. It’s like a little bit of heaven!

The heat mask is a piece of equipment used to heat the skin so that it is in the proper condition to do THE EXTRACTION. Extracting sounded scary and it was definitely the part of the facial I was most concerned about. I was worried that I would hurt my partner, since I had really only performed “bathroom surgery” before. (That’s what my instructor calls it when you pick at your own face in the mirror.)

Learning the proper technique for extracting made me feel more confident in performing it on my partner. I think extracting will become more natural as we practice in the classroom. After we were done extracting we learned how to apply the galvanic mask. This is a piece of equipment that actually penetrates products in to the skin at the end of the American facial. The galvanic mask helps heal and firm the skin and is imperative after extraction.

It’s crazy how in three weeks we have learned how to do a complete facial! We were definitely given enough time for each section, and while I do want to practice more, I feel that I have a great foundation so far!

I’m looking forward to next week, when we head into the waxing room!

Week 2 as a Catherine Hinds Student

Week two of my journey is complete! This week we learned the facial massage and a fabulous exfoliation treatment. I never realized that there are 19 steps to providing a facial massage!

To practice the massage, we were paired up with a different classmate from last week. Changing partners helps us gain as much exposure to different skin types as possible during our time here. Our instructor led us slowly through steps one through ten during the first day so that we could truly master the technique. During the second day we learned steps 11 through 19, and then put all of the steps together at the end.

Surprisingly, it’s almost as relaxing to give a massage as it is to receive one! I found that while I was receiving my massage, I was still learning. The instructor was going through each step out loud and I could follow my partner as she did it. I feel pretty confident with my massage skills, but I definitely want to practice more. Our instructor said that if we don’t have anyone to practice on we can use our knee – my knee is sure to be extremely moisturized and massaged this weekend!

The best part of the week was learning how to apply the famous ENZYME treatment. The enzyme is an exfoliation mask that produces instant visible results. It is green, with an oatmeal-like texture. It was really fun putting it on because you use a tongue depressor and “decorate” the face. I’m very creative, so I made it into an art! After I removed the mask from my partner I could see that her skin’s texture looked significantly better and her pores appeared smaller. TOTAL SUCCESS! I have never loved bare skin more!

In addition to confirming that I am very happy with my decision to attend esthetics school, during week two I also realized:
1. You have to separate your personal life from your work if you want to succeed in this industry. Your client will feel any stress you may have during the massage.
2. Exfoliating is of the utmost importance in skincare.
3. I am officially an enzyme groupie!