If you are seeking an unconventional career and find the prospect of expressing yourself creatively on a human canvas interesting enough, then it’s time to go ahead and explore the option of pursuing a career in cosmetology. While you are creating and transforming your client from a Plain Jane to a Cinderalla, much like a fairy godmother, you can also expect to earn big moolah.
Today, the Indian fashion industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in the country. It is growing at the rate of 25 per cent a year – twice as fast as the US and the European markets. Though the exact size of the market is unknown because a major part of it is unorganised, speculation has it that the net worth of the beauty industry in India is close to Rs 3,000 crore.
In such a growing industry, the need and demand for trained beauty technicians is continuously on the rise. This also means that the beauty industry will create a considerable number of jobs constituting a potential solution to the country’s unemployment problem. The ever growing fashion industry is largely hampered due to non availability of skilled workforce – thus the objective of this partnership between industry and academia is to bridge the demand- supply gap for skilled workforce.
There are several reputed beauty training schools in India offering various courses to start a career in the fashion industry. Some of the training schools are Shahnaz Husain Women’s International, Akbar Peerbhoy Girl’s Polytechnic in Mumbai, Habib’s Hair Academy and the VLCC Institute of Health and Management in New Delhi. Candidate with diploma or advance course in beauty care can start a career as a beautician.
One can get the specialisation in any field like hair styling, beauty therapy, massage, makeup, facials, pedicure, manicure, herbal beauty care and electrolysis. Some of the courses in beauty industry are beauty culture and hair dressing, intensive course on hair styling and beauty, hair and cosmetology basics, crash course in hair styling, diploma in beauty therapy, post graduate diploma in skin treatment. The syllabus includes theoretical classes on anatomy, physiology, diets and salon management. The practical classes focus on applying make- up, facials and conducting hair treatments.
Meanwhile, looking at the growing demand, VLCC intends to launch 100 institutes across India by 2010. To ensure appropriate training and guidance to its students, the institutes are affiliated to the famous City and Guilds College, UK. The starting salaries, says Monica Bahl, national operations head, VLCC, can vary anywhere between Rs 12,000 and Rs 30,000. Several international brands, like Mac, have started taking students from India. They are offered handsome salaries to freshers varying from Rs 25,000 to 30,000. L’Oreal, Berkowitz and Kaya Skin Clinic are some of the other brands that recruit students from the campus. Professional beauticians can be employed in modelling and film industry.