Editor's comment: championing diversity in beauty careers

Attracting more, and the right sort, of people to follow careers in beauty is an ongoing challenge, but one of the best ways is undoubtedly to show them the potential of this prosperous and diverse industry.

While there’s nothing wrong with spending a few hours a week doing lashes or nails, a career in beauty therapy could equally lead to product and treatment development, training, or running a business that employs 100 highly trained skin specialists.

In the October issue or Professional Beauty, we celebrate that diversity as we find out what skills and training it takes to make it as a product distributor via our Career Path interview with Nail Harmony's Georgie Smedley; and how to make the step up from a spa manager role to one that involves overseeing six separate properties and teams in our interview with House of Daniel Thwaites' spa treatments manager Gemma Barratt.

For many, a career in beauty is all about the job satisfaction that comes from changing the skin and, in doing so, having a real impact on clients’ confidence and wellbeing. Being able to significantly improve the appearance of acne, for example, can be life-changing for some clients. So, the news this month that we could be closer to a treatment that helps clients achieve that without damaging the skin’s delicate microbiome has been welcomed by the industry. And for more on the latest research around the microbiome, including the products that can be used to strengthen the skin’s barrier and reduce inflammation, check out our lead feature in the current issue.

The Professional Beauty exhibitions have always been about showcasing the variety of specialisms in our market, but this year, the North event will offer a huge increase in business content, to help you grow your skills and profits, no matter which sector of this thriving industry you work in.

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