Difference between a beauty therapist and a beautician?

#21
Personally I hate the term Beautician, I always understood it to mean exactly the same thing as BT, but feel it's an outdated term, and I too get images of bubblegum pink hair, nail file in hand, chewing gum, with far too much makeup on!! I prefer to be called a BT, purely because I feel it's a more modern term.

Just throwing something else into the mix...
What do you think of the term "beautologist"??! I always fancied having an "ology"!! lol:lol:
 

Violet Star

Well-Known Member
#22
My god ive just realised in my signature i have the word beautician...best change that as i also really hate being called a beautician. :o
 

tog

Member
#23
I do not care for either term much and tend to call myself an electrolysist these days. Beautician sounds too young and BT sounds inappropriate for my middle age (just my opinion):hug:
Essentia, you can't be THAT old!
I think you and I trained around the same time, looking at your profile . . . please don't call yourself middle-aged otherwise I must be too!
I quite like the term paramedical aesthetician which the Australian lady mentioned, maybe you could call yourself that instead? :)
 

#24
What's the difference?
The country you're in and the level of training.

In Australia, a person with a Cert III Beauty Services is referred to as a Beautician. They perform basic services. A person who holds a Cert IV or V (Diploma) of Beauty Therapy are referred to as a Beauty Therapist, the latter specialising in an area (eg. spa therapy, thalassotherapy, permanent hair removal etc) and this is reflected in the pay scale. For the latter, if they undertake the spa stream, they can call themselves a Spa Therapist or Skin Therapist.

For those who go onto to do post graduate studies (Advanced Diploma/Grad Dip), there's a lofty title of Paramedical Aesthetician. :eek:

This is totally correct... I'm from Queensland Aust too :)
 
#25
What's the difference?
The country you're in and the level of training.

In Australia, a person with a Cert III Beauty Services is referred to as a Beautician. They perform basic services. A person who holds a Cert IV or V (Diploma) of Beauty Therapy are referred to as a Beauty Therapist, the latter specialising in an area (eg. spa therapy, thalassotherapy, permanent hair removal etc) and this is reflected in the pay scale. For the latter, if they undertake the spa stream, they can call themselves a Spa Therapist or Skin Therapist.

For those who go onto to do post graduate studies (Advanced Diploma/Grad Dip), there's a lofty title of Paramedical Aesthetician. :eek:
I LOVE THIS! Thank you. Im in NZ. When I only held a Cert in Beauty Services/Cosmetology/Nail Technology I was classed as a beautician. Now I have an NZ Diploma in Beauty Services, as well as International Diplomas in MDA, Electrology and Beauty Services as well as Quals in IPL/VPL, Advanced skin therapies, Spa therapies, so im classed as a Beauty Therapist. I too, cringe at being called a Beautician. I think it was just the standard name for us gals for so long and then the industry got HUGE :lol:
 
#26
Someone once called me a 'beauticianist'..... Wasn't really sure what to make of that!! 😂😂
 

#27
Someone once called me a 'beauticianist'..... Wasn't really sure what to make of that!! ����
I sat here mumbling how you pronounce that...my Husband thinks I have finally lost it :D
 

#28
There's nothing wrong with standing behind a makeup counter....I worked for Bobbi Brown on the counter as an Account Manager/Makeup Artist and absolutely loved it. :)
 

miracles

New Member
#29
I know this would sound silly :)
What is the difference between a beauty therapist and a beautician?

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No difference! Level 2,3 or 4... All beauticians, or if they choose.... Beauty therapists! Unless they 'specialise' in a particular area!
 

#30
Ah thank you for posting this!!!!
It's one of my pet hates being called a beautician!
A beautician is someone for e.g that stands behind the make-up counter in boots.
Beauty Therapists do anything beauty related. x
Exactly what I was taught at college, a Beauty Therapist is qualified to prvide invasive treatents wheres as a beautitcian is what you would find at a department store beauty counter. I was always taught that Beauty Therapists are of a higher qualification than Beauticians, either way, I despise being called a Beautician too.
 

#31
If my client book is full and my bank balance healthy, you can call me whatever you like !! ;) My ITEC certificate says that I am a qualified "Beauty Specialist" Had I gone on to do electricals, body & spa it would say "Beauty Therapist" Here in Spain I'm an 'esteticista' :)
 

nailpod

Well-Known Member
#32
I honestly don't care what they call me.
My nail clients have called me their nail artist at a public meeting once then I have been introduced as he make up artist I have been called the skin lady and recently the most hilarious is the foot job chick! I actually have ppl called to book for a foot job! Referred by one their friends (my client) .

Sooooo long as I am busy and enjoy my job I really don't care!
 

Haircutz

Super Moderator
Staff member
#33
Interesting thread.

Did any of you notice it was started 6 years ago? :D
 

nailpod

Well-Known Member
#34
Nope
 

laurakate

Well-Known Member
#35
I don't mind if someone refers to me as a beautician. At the end of the day, it's all semantics.
 

hazelb

Active Member
#36
Interesting thread.

Did any of you notice it was started 6 years ago? :D
Ha ha ha ha ...

Maybe we are all called 'Beauty scientists' by now?
 

#37
A beautician is level 1 and 2 qualifies, a beauty therapist is level 3 qualified!
 
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