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What Is Beauty Therapy?

Find out what beauty therapy really is...

Not sure what beauty therapy's about? You can find out a few facts about beauty therapy here.

Please select from the following subjects:

Or, if you want to read more about our beauty therapy course, please see our Diploma in Beauty Therapy page.

What Is Beauty Therapy?

Beauty therapy in New Zealand consists of three separate areas. They are:

Facial therapy treatments generally involve both manual and electrical treatments on the face but also include manicure, pedicure and waxing.

Body therapy treatments involve both manual and electrical treatments on the body.

Electrology treatments involve both the face and the body, featuring the removal of hair through electronic means. Electrolysis has been the tried-and-true method of hair removal for over a century.

This remains the standard definition of beauty therapy in New Zealand, and has been the definition for the 25 years we've been in the industry.

Be careful as some providers are not offering body electricals and/or electrology with their courses; these are vital parts of being a beauty therapist. For example, if you want a job on a cruise ship, and don't have body electricals in your qualification, they will not employ you.

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What Type of Treatments Does a Full Beauty Therapist Perform?

Once qualified, a beauty therapist performs the following treatments:

Facial Therapy

  • Manicure and pedicure
  • Waxing, including full and half legs, underarm, bikini and facial (sometimes Brazilian waxing as well)
  • Eyelash and eyebrow tinting, and eyebrow shaping
  • Facials, including superficial and deep cleansing, toning, exfoliating, moisturising and facial massage
  • Facial electrical treatments
    • Faradic
    • Iontophoresis (Galvanic)
    • Desincrustation (Galvanic)
    • Direct high frequency
    • Indirect high frequency
    • Microcurrent
    • Vacuum suction
    • Infra-red
    • Deep cleansing

Body Therapy

  • Swedish body massage
  • Back, shoulder and neck massage
  • Full leg massage
  • Figure analysis
  • Cellulite treatments
  • Introductory exercise advice
  • Introductory diet and nutrition advice
  • Body electrical treatments
    • Iontophoresis (Galvanic)
    • Desincrustation (Galvanic)
    • Microcurrent
    • Direct high frequency
    • Indirect high frequency
    • Vacuum suction
    • Faradic
    • Infra-red
    • Vibratory massage
    • Mechanical massage

Electrology

  • Galvanic electrolysis
  • The blend electrolysis
  • Electrolysis treatments on the face, legs, arms, underarms and body

Subjects like microdermabrasion, red vein treatment, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments, et cetera, are considered professional development (post-graduate) subjects.

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How Do You Become a Beauty Therapist?

You need to graduate from a course like our Diploma in Beauty Therapy. Ensure the course you are looking at has all the subjects listed above, or you will not be considered a fully-qualified beauty therapist.

You cannot become a qualified beauty therapist by apprenticeship. You must train in a course at a provider like ours.

You cannot become a qualified beauty therapist through distance or correspondence learning. You must attend a course as the subjects are very practical and require supervision.

If you have any questions about training, or would like to ask further questions, by all means, feel free to contact us.

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