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Beauty Therapist

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€20 - 28 
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Provides and applies a range of cosmetic treatments and advice to improve the appearance and general well-being of their client.

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Orla Gallagher
Spa Manager  

Orla Gallagher works as the Spa Manager for the Sirana Spa located in the Sheraton Hotel in Athlone. She holds a Social Science Degree and has Diplomas in the following areas; Nutrition, Herbal Medicine and Spa Management. She also has an array of complementary health subjects such as Thai Massage, Iridology, Colon Hydrotherapy, Homotoxicology etc. She is also working with the Athlone Institute of Technology in devising the first Spa Management Degree course in Ireland which will be available in September 2009.

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Beauty therapists aim to improve the appearance of their client's face and body, to make them look and feel better. They carry out such skills as manicure, pedicure, manual facials, waxing, makeovers and eye treatments.  
The beauty therapist first talks to their client about the kind of treatment they want. This is called a consultation. The therapist uses the information the client has given them and their knowledge of the different types of treatment available to decide which treatment is best.  
Beauty therapists work on all parts of the body. They do facials, using a range of products such as cleansers and toners. Often, electrical machines can be used.  
They also do facial and full or part body massages. A full body massage includes the back, the legs and feet, the abdomen, the arms and hands, and the shoulders. They massage using their hands or special equipment. They may use aromatic essential oils.  
Electrical equipment can be used for non-surgical facelifts - electric currents are used to stimulate the face muscles. Sometimes a client will ask for unwanted hair to be removed. The beauty therapist can do this using warm wax or sugar, or electrolysis.  
Waxing and sugaring consist of applying the warm substance to the prepared area, allowing it to cool and then removing it, either by stripping, peeling or rubbing it away. Electrolysis is a method of removing hair permanently - the therapist inserts a fine needle into each hair follicle and switches on a low electric current. This destroys the hair root and prevents further growth.  
Beauty therapists also do electrical treatments for slimming and toning, and give advice on exercise. Beauty therapists may specialise in the advanced use of electrical treatments, which can remove thread veins and skin blemishes.


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Personality, maturity, and a sympathetic nature, a well-groomed appearance and an ability to get on well with others are essential requirements for the job. You need to have good communication skills, so that you can listen carefully to what you customer wants and to explain the possible options that you can provide as a solution.  
Good health is also essential as the work can be strenuous.

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Organisation: ITEC Accredited Centres in Ireland
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Organisation: CIDESCO - Accredited Beauty Schools in Ireland
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