Beauticians are responsible for many aspects of personal care and they must be able to provide this care with understanding, knowledge and courtesy. The following beautician job description provides further detail.
Beauticians provide a wide range of services that include the care of the hair, skin and nails. A beautician’s primary focus is on improving their client’s outward appearance and helping them to feel better about themselves in general.
Essential Responsibilities and Duties of a Beautician
- Communicates with clients in order to provide the requested services.
- Discusses hair, skin and nail care methods with customers.
- Washes and conditions hair prior to cutting or styling.
- Cuts and styles hair.
- Colors hair.
- Applies chemical solutions in the form of permanents and relaxers to hair as part of the styling process.
- Provides effective solutions for common issues concerning hair, scalp, nails and skin.
- Discusses various style options with clients.
- Sets appointments with clients and customers.
- Takes payments from clients and customers.
- Keeps work areas completely clean and sanitized.
- Restocks shelves and supplies.
- Keeps records of hair color and nail color used by each customer at past visits.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Must have outstanding people skills in order to handle the specific needs of individual clients and customers.
- Should be highly creative and also have a firm understanding of tried-and-tested techniques that are still in use today.
- Must possess physical stamina and must have the manual dexterity required to wield scissors, razors and other implements.
- Must possess solid time-management and organizational skills as well as in-depth knowledge of various beauty products, their ingredients and how these ingredients can affect the clients.
- Must be able to present a calm and pleasant demeanor to clients in spite of any personal problems.
- Must be capable of tactfully and respectfully dealing with rude, difficult and unreasonable clients.
Education and Experience
- Must have a high school diploma or equivalent as well as a certificate confirming the completion of a cosmetology program.
- Hands-on training necessary as part of a certificate program as well as on-the-job training.
- Must be licensed to in order to practice.
- Time will be spent working in salon or spa settings, nursing homes, hospitals and similar facilities.
- Must expect exposure to potentially harmful chemicals used in various hair treatments.
- Majority of time will be spent on foot, working with people on a daily basis.
- Must expect to work long hours and even weekends.
- May be on call to fill the roles of other team members who are unable to report for duty.
- May be asked to make house calls or visits to hospitals and rehabilitation centers for regular customers who are sick or injured.
- Salaries range from $14,600 – $50,000
- Median salary is $21,900
- Monetary tips from clients averaging $1.20 – $3.60 per hour of work