Heading to Beauty School: ‘What Can I Specialise In?’

If you’re aspiring to head to beauty school, you may be overwhelmed by all the possibilities ahead of you, which can determine the direction of your career.

The truth is there are many varied areas of beauty you can specialise in; some of which can overlap, but overall remain pretty distinct. It helps to know the different areas of expertise and have an idea of what you might like to start out in as this will prepare you for any other qualifications you want to might gain in the future.

Its also important to know where your chosen specialty is taught; whether it is bundled with any other skills; the exact qualifications you will gain; whether there are any qualifications required to do the course and how much it will cost.


Up until recently, barbershops had been seeing a large decline in demand over the past few years; however, with some up-market chains reviving the classic barbershop with a reformed look, they’re now becoming a growing trend.

The art of barbering will involve you shampooing and giving hair treatments; cutting and styling men’s hair; shaving, beard trimming and facial treatments; scalp treatments and maybe hair piece fittinghair styling.

Hair Styling

Hair styling is a larger industry than barbering and there is probably a wider plethora of skills and treatments to perfect. Shampooing; cutting and styling, and hair and scalp treatments will all be the norm…as will colouring, perming, relaxing, permanent waving and wig styling.


Esthiology involves everything to do with proper skincare – probably one of the largest and most diverse beauty areas. It includes not only facials, but temporary hair removal techniques (such as waxing and sugaring); lash and brow tinting; brow threading and lash extensions.

It might also include exfoliation treatments and chemical peels.


Electrology is the art of using lasers to remove hair permanently from the body; as well as alleviate the appearance of scars or unwanted marks on the skin.

It is usually for those already accomplished in esthetics, who are looking to gain skills in medical esthetics. Along the way they will learn about the treatment of various skin conditions and skin rejuvenation techniques.

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As a make-up artist, you will be required to apply make-up for a variety of occasions and purposes, such as weddings, photo shoots; television; theatre productions or even movies.

As a result you will get to learn a diverse set of make-up styles and looks, gathering knowledge of how external factors such as lighting and environment can affect the desired result.

Manicures & Pedicures

Manicures and pedicures cover the delicate needs of the hands and the feet, paying close attention to skin and nail health.

You will not only learn the surface treatments of filing, buffing, polishing and nail extensions; you will also be trained to perform deeper treatments such as skin and cuticle conditioning, exfoliation, and maybe even hand and foot massage.

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Spa treatments involve the art of aromatherapy – getting to know essential oils and their properties and uses – as well as treatments for body care and relaxation.

These include body wraps and exfoliation; deep tissue massage; hot stone therapy; lymphatic drainage skin techniques and Indian head massage.

Extra Tips

Many courses will be paired together by your chosen school, or broken down into smaller ‘chunks’ of learning. For example, the Chill Out Beauty Training school offers separate courses for various massage therapies (hot stone, Indian head etc.), whilst offering joint courses in specific practices such eyebrow and eyelash treatments, facial massage and skincare.iStock_000005793923_Small

Its important to find out everything there is to know about your chosen school and talk to an enrollment representative to discuss how you will progress.

It might also be helpful to find out other aspects of the courses, such as:

  • What previous graduates have gone on to do
  • How much access you’ll have to equipment and facilities
  • What you may need to provide yourself (and its cost)
  • The tutor to student ratio.



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