Health and Beauty Therapist

Today’s beauty and health therapist is a highly qualified professional, constantly adapting to a dynamic and fast-moving profession. The health and beauty therapist uses a battery of electronic equipment and highly specialized techniques for both face and body. There are also strict rules for hygiene and clinical procedures that must be adhered to in the interests of health.

The tasks of health and beauty therapists include the following: assessment and treatment of skin and figure problems; slimming treatments in conjunction with a recommended doctor’s diet; cosmetic sales; application of specialised make-up techniques; permanent and temporary removal of unwanted facial and body hair; manicuring; pedicuring; tinting of eyelashes and eyebrows; and the application of a variety of electrical equipment and specialised massage techniques, such as reflexology, aromatherapy and manual lymph drainage.


  • beauty salons

  • cosmetic companies

  • cruise ships

  • electrolysis clinics

  • gymnasia

  • health hydros and spas

  • theatres

  • television and film companies and studios

  • advertising and modelling agencies

  • psychiatric clinics and old-age homes

  • self-employment, with enough experience and capital, can start own business

Getting Started

  • try to get a part-time or holiday job in a beauty salon

  • speak to health and beauty therapists about this type of career and if possible, spend a few days observing them at work


Camelot International, Cape Nail and Beauty Academy, Centurion Academy, College of Cape Town , Ekurhuleni West TVET College, Global Institute of Information Technology and Business, International Academy of Health and Skin Care, Isa Carstens Academy, Mauritius Institute of Training and Development, Motheo TVET College, Multitech Business School, Sonett International Academy

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