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Whether you are new to the world of hair and beauty or whether you already have some core skills, getting the right qualifications can really open many doors for you, not just in the UK but abroad, at sea and even in the air. As well as being able to apply for a much wider range of jobs with a qualification under your belt, those courses can give you the confidence to make you stand out from other job hunters.

Kensington and Chelsea College in west London offers a wide-range of options for those wanting to gain qualifications in this diverse and exciting industry. According to their experts, here are some of the careers your studies may lead you to:

1. Hairdressing with celebs



Even Trevor Sorbie, Vidal Sasson and Nicky Clarke had to start somewhere and that probably included countless Saturdays sweeping up hair and making tea – but with the right course, dedication, hard work and enthusiasm, you could end up styling the stars and setting trends. All celebrity stylists probably had doubts at times but if you have the passion follow your instincts – because, it could be you creating the next top styles for the stars – and your cuts and styles could end up being mirrored by millions.

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2. Beauty Therapist



Both men and women enjoy being pampered and the market is constantly changing and growing with new products and treatments appearing all the time. However, once you have qualifications there are other options besides working in a salon to explore – such as sales and marketing products or tutoring and mentoring students who want to learn the trade.

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3. Special visual effects on films



Creating special effects for films requires lots of creativity and long hours. You could find yourself creating multi-piece prosthetics, blood tubing, learning teeth and airbrush techniques as well as life-casting. You might also get to work with some of the world’s biggest stars – aim high.

4. Open your own salon



Despite what is said, you can mix business with pleasure – make a success of what you do and in time you could open your own salon – be that on land and even at sea. There are no limits to your options once you have qualifications under your belt. Starting your own business can be expensive so make sure you have enough money to support yourself while your salon gets off the ground.

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5. Make-up artist in a theatre or on TV



Soap operas, crime dramas, reality TV shows, daytime TV shows – everyone who appears in front of the camera needs their make-up done by someone qualified. Learn the tricks of the trade and it could be you. Similarly you could find yourself working on some of the sets of top productions in the West End or even Broadway if you want to take your skills abroad.

6. Work on a cruise ship or for a hotel, travel the world



Why not see the world while you’re working? You could experience the Caribbean or Greek Islands while being paid to do it. People spend weeks at a time on cruise ships and most cruise ships have salons on board where passengers can enjoy beauty treatments and having their hair styled. Top hotels almost always have a spa or salon on-site which could provide opportunities at home or abroad.

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7. Become a freelance make-up artist



If you’d rather work for yourself rather than for a salon, then the freelance route could be for you. You’ll work on a per order basis and enjoy the benefits of a more flexible career which can be as varied as you want to make it. You’ll be able to develop your own clientele. It would be a good idea to create your own website with contact details and of course to use social media to promote your work and ask clients for testimonials. You’ll also be able to decide whether you work from your home or the address of your client or their workplace.

For more information about hair and beauty courses at Kensington and Chelsea visit http://www.kcc.ac.uk/courses/creative-arts/hairdressing/