Globalization has increased the vision and knowledge of the consumer which in turn has increased the demand for more skillful, experienced efficient and communicative staff to provide the services. With beauty consciousness and awareness of international trends on the rise among both genders in India the H&B industry is poised for tremendous growth.The best international companies are coming up with incredible chain of salons and renowned foreign professionals see a great potential of work output in India, as a result of which good salons and spas are coming up across the country. Major research reports estimate that the Indian beauty industry is expected to grow 10-fold in the next 20 years.
This phenomenal change has thrown up many exciting career opportunities. A study says hairdressers and beauty professionals are that rare group of professionals who love what they do for a living, since they are driven by their creativity and passion for their job. This combined with attractive salary packages offered by reputed salons makes H&B the perfect career option.
Hairdressers & stylists work in salons from the high street to department stores, health resorts, hotels and clubs, and even within the Armed Forces and hospitals. The profession is extremely inviting for those who have a pleasing, well-groomed personality, gentleness, dexterity, a creative bend of mind and an eye for style. The most sought after career paths in this field are cosmetology (hair cutting, styling & make-up application), nail technology and hair & skin care.
What the industry needs
The Hair & Beauty industry in India is currently in need of good certified professionals who are confident, able to give sound styling advice and keep the customer satisfied. The stylist attending to customers in reputed salons need to be very well trained in their jobs. But unfortunately there are very few training institutes that offer H&B training of international standards that is required in a top class salon. A majority of stylists depends on a short term course to learn the basics and then gain experience & exposure as they start working. In this scenario it becomes absolutely imperative for the aspiring professional to take up a Hair & Beauty course that gives training in international practices, is of topmost quality and is prevalent across the globe.
The IndiaSkills opportunity
IndiaSkills - a joint venture between Manipal Education and City & Guilds - has introduced a new course in Hair & Beauty. The course is a variant of the Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy course of City & Guilds, which is recognized by the industry worldwide. City & Guilds qualifications particularly Hair & Beauty is internationally recognized and adjudged the best in the world, and their principles & processes of qualification development and assessment are unrivalled across the globe.This international qualification has been adapted to cater to the Indian Hair & Beauty industry and is being brought to India through the strong delivery infrastructure and training methods of IndiaSkills.
The Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing is a specially designed programme to provide learners with the basics of hairdressing, helps the learners to build a strong foundation to play the role of hairstylist, colourist, receptionist. This qualification provides the skills and knowledge required to meet industry standards and has interactive classroom sessions that provide learners with a deep understanding of the subject, which helps them to choose the right treatment and the product for the right kind of hair type. Practical sessions on different hair types prepare the studentsinconfidently handle clients from the first day of the job. The programmealso reaches out to current industry professionals and helps them upgrade their skills in handling specialised services like colouring, straightening and perming in a professional manner.
The beauty therapy course has been specially crafted by IndiaSkills to meet academic & industry expectations. Apart from the latest styles in make-up & grooming, students are also trained in conducting client consultations, identifying client requirements & using beauty products. By including the latest trends & season's colours using professional products and after-care advice, it enables the learner to carry out different styles of make-up, to suit different occasions.
Career Options & Opportunities
The Hair & Beauty industry in India is at the onset of a growth boom and is opening up job opportunities to the tune of 5 lakh!! The primary career option would be as hair stylists / beauticians in leading salons & spas and companies like Kaya, L'oreal, Lakme etc. Professionals looking to specialize in a field can work as doctor's assistants in plastic / laser surgery clinics, therapeutics, facial reconstruction wherein the remuneration is based on the skills and in-depth knowledge of their field. There is also a huge overseas demand for qualified H&B professionals in resorts, spas & salons. IndiaSkills courses have been developed on the internationally accepted City & Guilds qualifications and thus can open up overseas job opportunities also.
The film & television industry is another field that requires qualified nail technicians, make-up artists, hair stylists & color therapists. Screen make-up is a specialization in itself and the artists are in great demand in fashion & advertising production houses. Experts in the field can also freelance their skills for theatre and back stage events. An accomplished professional can always open their own beauty salon and spa or work as counselors, managers, directors or consultants for the best names in the industry.
For skilled professionals growth in the industry depends on customer loyalty and recommendations which can be achieved only by training & certification from the best in the industry. Fame & the best remuneration come naturally to those who can create trends and change perceptions. IndiaSkills Hair & Beauty courses not only equips the fresh learner to learn the skills but also helps those who have acquired experience to upgrade their knowledge with international standards and compete with the best hands in the field.