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Estheticians, or skincare specialists, work in the cosmetology field. They perform services such as facials, hair removal, eyelash and eyebrow tinting, makeup applications and body treatments in a variety of treatment environments. Whatever setting they work in, they need access to a specially equipped treatment room.
A properly equipped esthetician treatment room creates a private environment where a technician gives a client skincare or body treatments, offers education and administers treatment plans. A client disrobes and changes into spa garments before services, and may relax for some time in the treatment room after completion of the service.
Estheticians treatment rooms are in day spas, salons, dermatologists' and plastic surgeons' offices, laser skin and hair-removal treatment centers, and skincare clinics. Some estheticians may rent a treatment room in a salon and own all of the equipment in that space. Estheticians who don’t rent their space may share the room with other therapists. The owner of the salon or spa may assign the rooms to different therapists on a rotating schedule.
All properly stocked esthetician treatment rooms include some basic equipment: a treatment bed or table, magnifying lamp, vaporizer and ultraviolet light sterilizer. Most states require estheticians to display a copy of their license in the area where they work. This may be posted on the wall along with the esthetician's diplomas and certificates. If the esthetician uses the room for advertising services and products, he may put posters on the wall. Tasteful, attractive artwork makes the space pleasant.
Spatrade.com recommends that esthetician treatment rooms have soundproofing and be at least eight feet by 10 feet to allow enough space for a treatment table. An esthetician needs to maintain her treatment room with the highest level of cleanliness possible. A sink with hot and cold water eliminates the need for the esthetician to retrieve clean water during services and when cleaning and sanitizing the room after each service. A floor with a smooth, washable, nonporous surface makes it easy to clean spills of creams, dyes and wax.
Some esthetician treatment rooms double as wet rooms; they have a shower so that a client can rinse off product after a body treatment without leaving the room. An esthetician treatment room in a medical spa may have high-tech equipment such as lasers and microdermabrasion machines. An esthetician renting a space in a salon or spa may prefer the room to double as a consultation area and shop, and therefore include glass cases to display products and a desk or small table for consultation.
Clients often expect esthetician treatment rooms to offer a serene environment that promotes relaxation. Estheticians accomplish this by playing soft music, lighting candles and using aromatherapy to scent their treatment rooms. The walls in the treatment rooms are usually covered with washable paint or wallpaper in muted colors. In a medical setting, a sparse, sterile environment may replace these elements.
Nicole Whitney started freelance writing in 2008, with articles published on various websites. She has worked as a spa therapist and consultant. She participates in a volunteer program and writes on subjects related to the beauty industry. She graduated from the International School of Skin, Nails and Massage in Atlanta.