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Innumerable Opportunities in Cosmetology

htwThe beauty industry is constantly growing and evolving, and there is a continuous flow of new treatments, products and methods into this sector, making it a highly dynamic one. Beauty culture or cosmetology is becoming one of the major occupational avenues in India, as the world of fashion and glamour is growing manifold along with the rising incomes of the people and changing life styles. It is further boosted by the new scientific developments, techniques, products and media hype. So, this sector is witnessing mega revenues and has a lot of commercial potential. People are becoming more and more fashion and fitness conscious and are laying more stress on personal grooming. Therefore, the cosmetology industry is becoming a multibillion-dollar industry in India and creating myriad employment opportunities for those who have a flair for this kind of job. The science of beauty treatment or cosmetology deals with the care of skin, hair nails and all the makes us look attractive and well groomed. The person who is an expert in cosmetology is known as a cosmetologist or a beautician or an aesthetician. “A cosmetologist is anyone performing manicures, hair cutting, styling, shampooing, makeup or other cosmetology services,” according to The National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences.

Eligibility

One has to be minimum 10th pass. Knowledge of products, treatments and the ability to talk to the client properly is given. If one is not technically sound, it becomes very difficult to survive here. Students looking to get into cosmetology or skin aesthetics must be 12th pass with science background plus Bachelors of Science is important. There are countless courses on offer at fees ranging from Rs 5,000 to 40,000. One can opt for a certificate course, a diploma or an advanced diploma in cosmetology.

Specialization

One can specialize as:

Makeup artist: They specialize in bridal, ramp, theatre, portfolio make up and sometimes provide consultancy services too.

Mehndi and tattoo artist: They are expert in bridal mehndi, tattoos, body art tattoos etc.

Aroma therapist: They are expert in providing different kinds of massages with different aroma oils or plant extracts.

Spa Therapist: They provide detoxifying treatments for cellulite, holistic healing using hot and cold stones, body wraps, scrubs and hydrotherapy.

Nail artist: They specialize in artificial sculpturing of nails, nail piercing and nail art.

Hair extension specialist: They specialize in cutting, coloring and perming of hair.

Trichologist (hair expert): They specialize in cutting, coloring and perming of hair.

Electrologist (hair removal expert): An electrologist offers removal of unwanted hair via an electrolysis machine.

Job Prospects

Many kinds of job opportunities can be there for those who are well trained in beauty and hair care/cosmetology. One can start as an intern in a large beauty parlor for getting right amount of experience and can be in touch with the changing trends and make-up techniques. Fashion and advertising world also offers a great scope for the beauticians and hair stylists. The film and television industry too requires well-trained and qualified cosmetologists. Cosmetic industry also needs the services of beauticians for identifying the skin type and hair type of the customers and advising them regarding the use of cosmetics. Beauticians can also work as sales consultants as they can help in promoting the sales of cosmetic products. Health and fitness clubs have their own beauty parlors. Beauticians can provide fitness and healths advise along with providing them with the services of hair dressing and skin care. There is a whole lot scope for self-employment too. One can open up a beauty parlor or salon providing for specialized kind of services like hair coloring, facials, bridal make up etc. Cosmetologists can also write articles, books or even can produce videos to advise people on the subject of beauty and hair care. One can the job of a salon or spa manager, platform artist, theatrical make-up expert, school instructor or a beauty journalist.

Remuneration

As an intern one can start with a pay scale of around Rs.3000 to Rs.10,000. As one keeps on growing and becomes experienced one can charge Rs.500 to Rs.4000 to do a bridal make up or for a photographic session. For make up and hair dressing in advertising campaigns one can earn around Rs.1,500 to Rs. 2,500 for a day’s work. In the modeling assignment, the pay scale is much higher and it would be around Rs.3,500 or more per day depending on the top-line-professionals.

Institutes

*          Pivot Point Beauty School, Delhi, 011-26448427

*          Alps Academy of Hair and Beauty, New Delhi, 011 – 25501772

*          V.L.C.C. Institute of Beauty, Health and Management, Hyderabad, 040- 23706082

*          Schnell Hans Beauty School, Colaba (Maharashtra), 022-22832499

*          Avinashilingam University for Women, Coimbatore, 0422-2440241

Make Your Career as Wedding Planner

htwIn the present fast paced times people are so busy, that they probably do not have time to take up the stress of planning their own affairs. That’s where the role of a Wedding planner/ Bridal Consultant comes in. Wedding planning is a segment of event management. Now let us discuss about who a Wedding planner/ Bridal Consultant is and about his/her duties. Wedding Planners often referred to as Bridal consultants, is one who assist couples in planning their wedding as per requirement. A career as a wedding consultant involves working with brides and grooms throughout the wedding planning process. A wedding planner assists with the design, planning and management of a client’s wedding. Wedding planners ensure that the overall vision of the bride and groom is executed, which could include consulting with clients about the wedding’s theme and decor, ceremony, reception and even the costumes. The services of a wedding planner can include budget preparation, booking venues, hiring of wedding professionals and service providers including caterers, photographers, videographers, beautician, florists musicians etc. In this job, multitasking and the related pressure is inevitable and only an ardent passion for what you do will make you a successful wedding planner. The USP is getting best service for the clients at reasonable rates.

A Wedding planner or Bridal consultant must have the following essential skills

* Excellent organization skills

* Attention to detail

* Leadership and management skills

* Good communication skills

* Negotiation skills

* Ability the get on well with different kinds of people

* Good problem solving skills

* Business acumen

* A creative bent of mind as well as colour sense

* Ability to keep calm under pressure

* Awareness about the latest trends

* Knowledge about customs and traditions

Job Prospects

In the current scenario of growing popularity of theme weddings, couples are looking for something more exotic, adventurous and different from a traditional home based wedding. This along with popularity for wedding tourism in India has increased the scope of employment for wedding planners in India. If you enjoy meeting people, have good contacts and love organising things, this job could be perfect for you. Moreover you should have creative ideas to plan a theme and arrange food, rituals, decor, clothes, makeup for the whole family according to the theme. Wedding Planners can get employment in hotels, resorts, event management companies, banquet halls planning special events, bridal shops, caterers, florists, wedding planner firms and many more.

Remuneration

It is difficult to define exactly how much a Wedding planner/ Bridal Consultant earns, every wedding planner will find their own way to charge for their services and depending on location and clients requirements salaries will vary. If you are the boss of your own enterprise then what you earn from this field is lucrative, you can charge based on your work and client.

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