If you're a highly compassionate person who loves working with people in need, you may be wondering if becoming a beautician is the right choice for you. Like many aspiring cosmetologists, you may have already faced opposition from people who think beauty therapy is a 'shallow' career path. Of course, this couldn't be further from the truth.
Beauty therapy and cosmetic treatments can offer unrivalled mental and emotional health benefits to women and men across all segments of society. If you're wondering how you can play a part in enriching the lives of those in need through your passion for beauty, here are 3 groups of people you can work with after completing your beauty course.
Elderly People in Nursing Homes
Feeling unattractive is a common consequence of aging. While some people believe that senior citizens must be too old to care about their appearance, research indicates that the elderly are becoming more body image conscious and can suffer from low self esteem when they don't believe they look good. This can be an even greater problem in nursing homes, where staff are often too busy to help residents with their negative self-perception.
Providing your services to nursing home residents can be a heartwarming way to improve quality of life for the elderly people in your town or city. Massages can provide much-needed human touch to isolated elderly people, while gentle facials can help with dry and wrinkled skin. If you offer your services to private nursing homes, your services may even be covered by their entertainment budget -- this means you can offer free treatments to residents while still getting paid.
People with Disabilities
Around 20% of Australians have a disability, whether physical or mental. For many of these people, beauty is no less important than it is to the rest of the population. Both physical and mental disabilities can lead to negative body image and general unhappiness, which can be made worse when the person's disability makes it difficult to keep up with daily home beauty routines. Those with mobility restrictions are often unable to seek beauty treatments because many spas and salons aren't physically accessible to them. Even those who are not physically disabled may avoid visiting beauticians through fear of being rejected due to their differences.
Opening up your beauty therapy services to people with disabilities is a great way to bring some joy to the lives of those who face constant adversity. This may mean making your salon wheelchair-accessible, offering free complimentary treatments to carers, or volunteering at a care home for disabled residents. Above all else, simply treating disabled customers like the 'normal' individuals they are can brighten their days.
Cancer Patients and Survivors
Hair loss is an unfortunately common side effect of many treatments that cancer patients have to undergo. Even those who have come through treatment with a positive prognosis may have to wait a long time for their hair to grow back. Treatments like chemotherapy can also make a patient's skin look red and dry or cause their nails to become discoloured.
Staying positive is an important part of cancer recovery, and beauty treatments can help cancer patients and survivors keep their self-perception and self-esteem high. Facials are great for improving the appearance of skin, and manicures can help both men and women who are unhappy with the way their nails look after treatment. Professional make-up can also help those with hair loss feel beautiful and offer an alternative method of expression for people who used to enjoy dyeing and styling their hair.
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