Sample Lesson on The Treatment Room
Capsule 1: The Presentation
Clients base their opinion of you and your business during the first few minutes of their stay. No matter how good the service is they might not return if they are not greeted properly or if your treatment room is in disarray.
The esthetician is an extension of the treatment room, and they should convey a professional manner and appearance. Making a good first impression will help a business be more successful.
Capsule 2: Creating a Professional Atmosphere
Planning and preparing the treatment room is the first step in performing services. The first thoughts should be toward state board sanitation regulations and client safety. From that point economy, efficiency, and a relaxing atmosphere are the goals in which you want to aim.
Furniture and equipment:
- Facial Chair: (facial bed) this can be a massage table or an estheticians table, but make sure it is large enough to accommodate clients comfortably.
- Esthetician’s chair: this stool should be ergonomically correct, (healthy for the body and the spine), comfortable, have adequate back support, and can move around easily.
- Magnifying lamp: this is used to analyze the skin and to perform detailed work.
- Steamer (vaporizer): this is used to warm and soften the skin during the facial treatment.
- Utility cart: this holds tools, supplies, and products.
- Sanitizer: this is to keep your disinfected implements in a sanitary condition.
- Wax heater: this is to keep your hair removal wax warm during the day.
Capsule 3: Treatment Room Supplies
- paper towels
- distilled water
- hand sanitizer
- mask brushes
- tweezers (optional)
- vinyl gloves
- bowls (small and large)
- cotton swabs
- headbands or headwraps
- salon gown/wrap
Use the cotton to make all the cleansing pads, compresses, eyepads, etc. that you will need for the facial before the treatment begins. To prepare cotton pads tear or cut cotton to a size of 4 inches by 4 inches. To prepare eyepads cut or tear cotton to 2 ½ by 2 ½ for round eyepads or 2 by 6 for a butterfly eyepad. For a cotton compress mask cut or tear cotton to 3 by 9. Store all pads and compresses in a covered container until ready for use.
For each facial you will need at the very least: one pair of eyepads, one cotton compress mask, and three to five cleansing pads
Any left over pads and compresses can be stored safely in an airtight, covered container, or placed in a zip-lock plastic bag for use the next day.
Note: Vinyl gloves are recommended as apposed to latex as the latex gloves will break down in oil and compromise the protection of the gloves. Also, if you do use latex gloves, check for any latex allergies with the client.
Capsule 4: Products
Products are the main ingredients in performing skin care treatments.
- Massage creams, oils, or lotions
- Serums, eye creams, lip balm (optional items)Capsule 5: Preparing and Setting Up for a Treatment
The use of checklists for setting up and cleaning up your treatment room is recommended to prevent you from missing any necessary supplies.
Equipment preparation includes turning on your wax machine and checking the water level on your steamer as well as pre-heating it.
Facial bed preparation includes the proper draping of linens and the use of a bolster if necessary to place under the client's knees for back support.
Ergonomics: the study of adapting work conditions to suit the worker. The equipment and the positions we use should be healthy for the spine and body. Adjust chair and bed height when possible, don't overstretch to reach something, arrange your supplies within easy reach, and when necessary get up out of the chair to get whatever it is that you need.
Setting up Supplies:
- Clean and sanitize your hands and dry with a paper towel.
- Check sanitizer to make sure it is ready.
- Place supplies on a clean paper towel on the work station in order of use and cover them with another towel until ready to use.
- Place disposables (cotton pads, gauze, sponges, etc.) on a clean paper towel or in bowls.
- Arrange treatment products (cleanser, toner, moisturizer, etc.) as determined by client analysis.
Capsule 6: After the Facial Clean up and Sanitation
After the post-consultation (home care, and product use), be sure to record the client chart notes and write up retail sales.
Post-facial sanitation includes:
- Clean the wax machine and turn it off at the end of the day.
- Sanitize and refill the steamer.
- Wipe down and sanitize the equipment used.
- Clean all containers and wipe down product containers.
- Clean and disinfect all counters, sinks, and surfaces.
- Wash and sanitize all implements used such as mask brushes and tweezers.
- Clean and sanitize all bowls and other reusable items.
- Wash all dirty linens.
Note: all implements should first be washed thoroughly then dried before being placed in a wet sanitizer/disinfectant. This will maintain the integrity of the disinfectant and keep it from becoming diluted or contaminated.