Why I'm Not an Esthetician

After taking many courses to advance my knowledge as a professional formulator and creator of skin care products, there were still times I felt I did not know enough. I second guessed myself and asked, what else can I learn, what else will help me to help others? I strongly considered becoming a licensed esthetician. I know many estheticians but I didn’t know much about what they actually do. So I took a day trip to the Ogle School of Beauty (Houston, TX) to see for myself how estheticians are trained and what they are trained to do. There are several beauty schools in Houston but Ogle was the quickest to respond to my inquiry and the most flexible in scheduling my tour. What I am about to share with you solidified my reasons for not becoming an esthetician. Don’t get me wrong, I think the field is very interesting and there is definitely a demand but it is not for me and here are the reasons why:

Reason #1 – The curriculum is very well organized but unfortunately, it includes some aspects of the beauty industry that I have no interest in learning about and it would not be the best use of my time. For example: make up artistry, hair removal techniques, facials, waxing and peels. Each of these specialties require hands-on applications. There is just something unsettling to me about putting my hands on someone else’s face, not to mention the liability.                                     

Reason #2 – The curriculum includes learning how to apply eyelash extensions. It's not optional. I know this is very popular right now. I even get my eyelashes done, but when I learned of this, you should have seen the look on my face. I was thinking to myself, oh no, I really don’t want to do that. 

Reason #3 – I would have to be a part-time student. The part-time commitment is 5:30pm-10pm Monday-Thursday for 12 months. This is face to face instruction. Yes, my schedule would allow it, however, I would not have time for anything else. I would literally have 20 hour days. The full-time commitment is 8:30am-4:30pm Tuesday through Saturday. Online instruction would be more suitable for my lifestyle but  it would be hard to do a facial on someone if you are not there in person.  

Reason #4 – The curriculum has a strong focus on technique, which makes sense since there is a lot of hands on application. The “how to” is very important. There is some anatomy and physiology of the skin but everything else is application. I would be interested in learning more about the anatomy and physiology of the skin but I could get that specifically somewhere else. 

Reason #5- I feel very well equipped with the knowledge and training I have already received. If I became an esthetician at this point, I really don’t believe it would be much benefit to me based on what I want to do. Honestly, it would just be a title and I don’t have plans to work as an esthetician or work in a spa.  I know many estheticians who love what they do and have thrived in this industry. I also know some who struggle and realized it was not for them. They are very skilled technicians and I have a great deal of respect for the amount of time they put into becoming a professional. 

I walked away from my three hour tour feeling very confident and secure in my decision not to become an esthetician. The Ogle School of Beauty is a great place for anyone interested in the field of esthetics or cosmetology. I am an organic skin care formulator. I don’t believe that skin care is a one size fits all. Traditional beauty schools do not teach you how to create custom products and they do not focus on organic products. It is more about technique and application. At Ogle, the preferred brand is Dermalogica, which has been around since 1986. It is not an organic or natural line. To some, this does not matter. To me, it’s HUGE! 

~Kim