Different kinds of beauty salons are popular now. Because a high quality beautician or as they are called now cosmetologists are in demand. As long as the popularity of salons is growing, the demand will increase in the future. But, these days, educational institutions offer a great variety of programs for these specialists.
In most cases, the profession of cosmetologist can be divided into four different specialties: hair stylist, esthetician, manicurist, and specialist for the removal of unwanted hair.
All of these specialties need different educational programs, so it is necessary to choose the specialty from the very beginning.
In some salons, a specialist that takes care of unwanted hair is called an electrologist but in many cases it not correct because there are many different techniques for removing unwanted hair. Simple procedures, like shaving or waxing are performed by an esthetician and electrologist work with an electric hair removal machine. This is a complicated device, so special knowledge and experience are needed here. Other technologies like laser hair removal are used today.
Although hair stylists and manicurists are still popular, such programs as esthetician and hair removal are more popular.
An esthetician in a beauty salon usually performs non medical skin care. This includes all forms of massage and simple methods of hair removal, in most cases.
But, there is also a special profession of a medical esthetician. As you can see by the name of the specialty, a medical esthetician provides special medical care for a client. For example, all pre and post operative care for cosmetic surgeries is performed by a medical esthetician. Treatment for all kinds of after-effects of plastic surgery is also part of a medical esthetician's job. As long as a medical esthetician provides medical care, medical esthetician programs will include special medical courses besides regular courses in skin analysis. Esthetician programs also have classes in medical terminology and pharmacology.
But, the numbers of institutions offering study programs in the field of cosmetology are increasing, so you should check all of the available programs at the particular institution. Usually such institutions have web pages on the internet because you can find out about all the programs that they offer and some brief descriptions of each specialty. This information will help you to make a choice for your future career because these descriptions give you everything you need to know. You can learn what each specialist makes in the beauty salon and what kind of wage you can expect from every specialty in the field of cosmetology.
Some institutions also offer special courses to improve skills of cosmetologists and this allows them to study new techniques and new devices that are being developed very quickly today. For example, an electrologist can easily learn to work with laser hair removal devices so that they can provide more ways to treat unwanted hair.