How to make it as a man
Ahead of our feature in the July issue, which asks what it's like to be a male therapist in the industry today, our experts share their top tips for success.
Seek out supportive people
"When I first started out the idea that being a male therapist was going to hold me back never entered my mind," says Martin Duffy, owner of The Rowan Tree in Arundel. "My tutors and fellow students at college were very supportive and inclusive, so I never felt that I was any different to the rest of the group. Over my career so far I have undertaken courses with brands including Decleor, Jessica, Sterex, Aromatherapy Associates and Caci, and have never had any issue there either."
"Male clients are perfectly happy with me – it’s exactly the same when you’re making a female client feel comfortable, you just have to find common ground so you can relate to them. It just might be different," advises Christopher Finch, owner of The Wellington Street Day Spa & Co near Manchester.
Develop client interaction
"I think [some men] may feel slightly awkward around women in that environment because it’s very personal, you’re working in someone’s aura. It might help to have a bit of training around how to be in someone’s space but be in it professionally, like a GP does for example, and then you might not feel so uncomfortable," suggests Michael Blackham, a therapist, teacher and elite educator for distributor Grafton International. "It's about being approachable and professional at the same time."
Don’t give up
"It is absolutely possible. Do lots of research into training providers and ask if they have experience in working with male therapists, if there are any stipulations like having to bring your own model if you’re male, and find out if they have experience of offering specific training in working with male clients," says Andy Rouillard, male waxing specialist and owner of Axiom Bodyworks and Wax Academy in Hampshire.
Where to go for training and advice
- Axiom Wax Academy in Basingstoke offers courses from Beginners Bootcamp to Advanced Face & Body Waxing for Men, along with a Marketing Essentials programme to help waxers grow their business. Call 0345 680 2467
- Jack Dunn Waxing School in Londonruns various male waxing courses as well as a Male Grooming Workshop, which includes advice on retailing aftercare products and gaining loyal clients. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- LCBT offers a wide range of courses covering beauty, hairdressing and fitness in London. Call 020 7208 1300
- Lifetime Training runs three beauty courses, including two Diploma options, in various academies around the country. Call 0333 0436 631
- Mike Blackham is based in Birminghamhas held private male-only nail courses with Grafton International and teaches nail courses including NVQ Level 3 Nail Technician. Call Grafton International on 01827 280 080 or distributor Nails & Co on 01562 861 492
- Nailz by Malez salon and training academy in Sheffield is run by Shaun Wilkins and offers a wide range of training courses. Call 07506505680
- Novalash has training options for beginners, conversions and advanced stylists nationwide. Call 01273 862 399
- Wet Shaving Academy in Winchester is run by Patrick Bryan and has courses including Waxing for Barbers, Indian Head Massage and Luxury Hot Towel Wet Shave. Training in male facials and threading is in development. Call 01962 733040
Look out for our full feature on male therapsits in the July issue.