Are you considering a career in hair, beauty, nails or spa? Or are you already working in the industry, but looking to further your opportunities with training?

Below you will find information on each industry within the hair and beauty sector, complete with an overview and downloadable content to help you decide your next step.

We can also help careers professionals and schools by providing high quality, full colour career leaflets aimed at those interested in pursuing a career in hair and beauty.

Beauty Therapy
Beauty Therapy has been a popular career choice for people of all ages for a long time, but it is an industry that has seen so many recent technology developments that it knocks the old concept of it just being about 'applying make-up' out of the water!

The origin of this industry can be traced back to several ancient civilisations, such as the Egyptians who used henna to colour their nails to signify social hierarchy and their use of make-up is legendary; ancient Greeks were renowned for their use of aromatic oils for massage; and, of course, the Romans for their introduction of health-giving baths and spas.

Today's increasingly image conscious, media focused and stressful society is creating a demand for beauty treatments, using rejuvenating products and specially designed electrical equipment to achieve anti-ageing and figure contouring results. There have never been so many opportunities for professional beauty therapists in the UK and internationally.

Many practitioners choose their careers because they have a creative and caring nature; taking pride in their work, enjoying working with people and making them feel good and look better. There is also the added opportunity of being in the position of running their own business and being their own boss.

Requirements:
Beauty therapy requires hard work and dedication, and is a professional career with a clear progression route from trainee to salon owner or manager. The hours are long and sometimes unsociable, but the long term rewards more than make up for it.

Most people starting a career in Beauty Therap will have qualifications, but this is not essential if the potential to achieve the the required vocational qualifications can be demonstrated. GCSEs or Standard Grades (National Qualifications) in English, Science and Maths will help before starting training.

Qualities that can help in a beauty therapy career are:

  • Communication and people skills
  • Stamina
  • Patience
  • Enthusiasm
  • Reliability

Qualifications available:
Generally a Level 3 qualification is expected to work in beauty therapy, although for some roles managers will accept a Level 2 and expect staff to have (or be working towards) Level 3.

  • Apprenticeships
  • BTEC
  • Principle Learning in Hair and Beauty Studies (England only)
  • Foundation Degree (England only)
  • HND/HNC
  • National Qualifications (Scotland only)
  • National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs)
  • Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) (Scotland only)
  • Vocationally Related Qualifications - VRQs
  • Welsh Baccalaureate (Wales only)

For further information please visit the careers section of the Habia website.

Hairdressing, barbering and African Caribbean hairdressing
Hairdressing has long been one of the most popular career choices in the UK for young people, and as an industry can trace its origins all the way back to the ancient Egyptians and Greeks. UK hairdressing is renowned internationally for its creatively and high standards, with much of the world looking to the UK for inspiration.

With an increasingly image conscious society, demand for hairdressing services is greater than ever. Never have there been so many exciting possibilities at the cutting edge of the fashion, style and grooming business.

Many hairdressers choose the job because they are artistic people, love being able to express themselves creatively and enjoy working with people. Likewise, many choose the industry because they want to be their own boss or run their own business.

Whilst there is the opportunity to progress onto more glamorous jobs - preparing supermodels, working on magazines and photoshoots, or tending to the rich and famous - most hairdressers take satisfaction in the day-to-day world of salon life and a job well done helping people to look good and feel better about themselves.

Requirements:
Hairdressing requires hard work and dedication, and is a professional career with a clear progression route from trainee to salon owner or manager. The hours are long and sometimes unsociable, but the long term rewards more than make up for it.

No qualifications are needed, but GCSEs or Standard Grades (National Qualifications) in English, Science and Maths will help before starting training.

  • Useful qualities that can help in a hairdressing career are:
  • Communication and people skills
  • Stamina
  • Patience
  • Enthusiasm
  • Reliability

Qualifications available:
Generally you will need a minimum Level 2 qualification to work in hairdressing, though an increasing number of managers expect staff to have (or be working towards) Level 3.

  • Apprenticeships
  • BTEC
  • Principle Learning in Hair and Beauty Studies (England only)
  • Foundation Degree (England only)
  • HND/HNC
  • National Qualifications (Scotland only)
  • National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) 
  • Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) (Scotland only)
  • Vocationally Related Qualifications - VRQs
  • Welsh Baccalaureate (Wales only

For further information please visit the careers section of the Habia website.


Nail Services
The nail service industry has seen a massive increase in popularity in the UK and is fast becoming a popular career choice for young people. Experienced nail technicians view it as a creative outlet and it's a highly competitive, engrossing and fashionable industry in which to work.

With an increasingly image conscious society, demand for nail services, nail enhancements, special finishes and embellishments is growing and growing. Never have there been so many exciting possibilities of being involved in the fashion, style and grooming business.

Many nail technicians choose the job because they are artistic people, love being able to express themselves creatively and enjoy working with people. Likewise, many choose the industry because they want to be their own boss or run their own business.

Whilst there is the opportunity to progress onto more glamorous jobs - preparing supermodels, working on magazines and photo shoots, or tending to the rich and famous - most nail technicians take satisfaction in the day-to-day world of a fast pace nail bar environment and instant satisfaction of helping people to look good and feel better about themselves.

Requirements:
Nail services requires hard work and dedication, and is a professional career with a clear progression route from trainee to salon owner or manager. The hours are long and sometimes unsociable, but the long term rewards more than make up for it.

No qualifications are needed, but GCSEs or Standard Grades (National Qualifications) in English, Science and Maths are will help before starting training.

Useful qualities that can help in a career in nails are:

  • Communication and people skills
  • Stamina
  • Patience
  • Enthusiasm
  • Reliability

Qualifications available:
Generally you will need a minimum Level 2 qualification to work in nail services, though an increasing number of managers expect staff to have (or be working towards) Level 3.

  • Apprenticeships
  • BTEC
  • Principal Learning in Hair and Beauty Studies (England only)
  • Foundation Degree (England only)
  • HND/HNC
  • National Qualifications (Scotland only)
  • National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs)
  • Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) (Scotland only)
  • Vocationally Related Qualifications - VRQs
  • Welsh Baccalaureate (Wales only)

For further information please visit the careers section of the Habia website.

Spa Therapy
Spa Therapy, as it is recognised as an industry in present time, could be seen by some as relatively new; but they would be mistaken. In recent years, it has seen a surge of popularity as a career choice, but the component treatments that make up the Spa industry have been around since the times of the ancient Greeks and Romans.

The origins of these spa treatments and holistic philosophies can be traced back to several ancient civilisations, such as the ancient Greeks, who were renowned for their use of aromatic oils for massage; and, of course, the Romans for their introduction of health-giving baths and spas.

Today's increasingly stressful society has made us more health conscious, therefore creating a demand for improving our wellbeing with holistic and spa services. There have never been so many opportunities in spa therapy in the UK and internationally.

Many practitioners choose their careers because they have a caring and empathetic nature; taking pride in their work and helping people feel good about themselves. There is also the added opportunity of being in the position of running their own business and being their own boss.

Requirements:
Spa therapy requires hard work and dedication, and is a professional career with a clear progression route from trainee to salon owner or manager. The hours are long and sometimes unsociable, but the long term rewards more than make up for it.

No qualifications are needed, but GCSEs or Standard Grades (National Qualifications) in English, Science and Maths is will help before starting training.

Useful qualities that can help in a spa therapy career are:

  • Communication and people skills
  • Stamina
  • Patience
  • Enthusiasm
  • Reliability

Qualifications available:
Generally you will need a minimum Level 2 qualification to work in spa therapy, though an increasing number of managers expect staff to have (or be working towards) Level 3.

  • Apprenticeships
  • BTEC
  • Principal Learning in Hair and Beauty Studies (England only)
  • Foundation Degree (England only)
  • HND/HNC
  • National Qualifications (Scotland only)
  • National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs)
  • Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) (Scotland only)
  • Vocationally Related Qualifications - VRQs
  • Welsh Baccalaureate (Wales only)

For further information please visit the careers section of the Habia website.