Half of beauty pros followed a family member into the industry

Half of beauty professionals followed a family member into the industry, revealed a survey by Direct Line for Business.

The insurance provider wanted to find out how people get started in beauty, and found that 28% began their career as a Saturday salon worker, while only 5% started their working life in a different industry before becoming a beauty professional.

Offering potential therapists opportunities like these to try out salon life is a fantastic attraction into the industry; over half said they (60%) completed their training on a college course or through an apprenticeship (30% each). 

Most people working in beauty who responded to the survey said the best thing about their job was making people happy (40%), followed by 26% who said meeting new people was the biggest draw.

Jane Guaschi, business manager at Direct Line for Business, said: “It’s interesting to see that so many people start out in the hair and beauty industry with a Saturday job to earn some extra money, but end up enjoying it so much they turn it into a career.  There are so many different opportunities for young people and it is often hard to know what you enjoy and where your skill set lies. Being able to try a job beforehand is truly the best way to know whether it’s suited to you.”