If you're thinking on embarking upon a career in either hairdressing or beauty then, you'll be getting involved in an industry which is still growing despite the current global economic climate.
There are a wide and varied amount of hair and beauty courses available that offer different levels of qualifications depending on what you want to achieve towards your future career goals.
Both of these businesses are related, but offer different career opportunities and if you think your strenghts lie in dealing with people's hair then, going down the hairdressing route would be an sensible option, on the other hand if you want to deal with the pampering and treatments side of the industry then, working with one of the many beauty related jobs should be your next move.
If you decide to go down this excellent career path then, the main qualifications for this type of job in the UK is the national vocational qualification or NVQ in hairdressing normally at levels 1, 2 and 3 and this acts as the main stepping stone between complete beginner and working in a salon as a junior or a trainee.
If you want to go down the self employment route without having your own premises then, you can become a mobile hairdresser and learn what's required in the business by studying at home with the various available manuals in the marketplace.
There are so many avenues relating to this area and the demand for beauty and pampering treatments is massive.
There are various jobs you can specialise in like beauty therapy which can involve various nail services, spray tanning, body massage and foot massage or you can just concentrate on one area which you think best suits you.
For most hair and beauty courses you would be trying to achieve an NVQ qualification at level 2 and can also involve work placement. The type of places that require beauty services include hairdressing salons, health clubs, hotels, cruise ships or you could work for yourself and build your own client list.
It is worth noting before you enroll on hair and beauty courses that with these type of jobs you'll come in to contact with different people of various age groups, so it's important to be a good listener and communicator and enjoy meeting new people.