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Managing the Christmas Rush as Beauty Therapists

Dec 04, 2023

As a beauty therapist, the Christmas rush can be both demanding and profitable. With clients eager to have treatments for the festive party season, it's a great opportunity to attract new clients and reignite the passion for certain treatments with old ones. However, the busiest time of the year can quickly become overwhelming, with clients trying to fit in last-minute treatments and technicians working tirelessly to meet their demands. In this article, I will provide you with valuable tips to remove some of the stress and allow you to focus on performing those treatments all while protecting your energy.


Keeping Track of Stock Levels

One of the crucial aspects of providing excellent service to your clients is ensuring that you have an ample supply of products. With a full book during the Christmas rush, you'll go through product quickly. It's essential to keep track of the availability of essential items to avoid any disruptions to your treatments. 

This also goes for retail, ensuring you have enough product on the shelf to cover consumer needs .

Most suppliers close down after Christmas, if you are re opening in early January now is the time to place your orders to ensure you can trade like normal. 

Setting aside some time for a quick stock-take in December is well worth the time.

Implementing a Cancellation Policy

Last-minute cancellations can be frustrating and costly, leaving gaps in your schedule that could have been filled by other clients in need of a treatment. To combat this issue, it's essential to have a well-defined cancellation policy, especially during busy periods like Christmas and New Year.

By establishing a cancellation policy that requires clients to provide 24 or 48-hour notice, you can protect your schedule and ensure it remains full. Consider implementing a charge for clients who fail to show up without proper notice, as this will discourage them from taking their appointments for granted. Setting boundaries and enforcing a cancellation policy will give you the time to fill any vacant spots and maintain a steady flow of clients during the festive season. Communication is key with cancellation policies. Send an email, put it on your socials, website and implement into your reminder text messages. That way clients have no excuse.


Setting Boundaries for Your Working Day

As a beauty therapist, it's easy to get caught up in the :Christmas Rush". However, it's crucial to set boundaries for your working day to avoid burnout and maintain your own well-being. Remember, taking care of yourself is vital to providing a great experience for your clients throughout the year.

During the festive period, it's common for clients to request appointments outside of your regular working hours or ask for last-minute slots. While it can be tempting to accommodate everyone, it's essential to stick to your established working hours and appointment times. This will allow you to take necessary breaks, have a chance to unwind, and recharge between appointments. You are most likely already working extended hours!

By prioritizing your own self-care, you'll be able to provide the best service to your clients and ensure a positive experience for both parties involved. Christmas is not always the time to squeeze in "new clients". With the added pressure and demand you may end up not performing that treatment to the best of your ability. This can result in a client not being happy and that word spreads like wildfire! This can effect January trade.


Embrace the Spirit of Celebration

While it's crucial to prioritize your clients' needs, it's equally important to set aside time for yourself to enjoy the holiday season. As a beauty therapist, you have a unique role in helping your clients look and feel their best for their festive plans. However, it's equally important to give yourself permission to celebrate and enjoy the festivities.

By striking a balance between work and personal life, you can ensure that you have the energy and enthusiasm to provide exceptional service to your clients while also enjoying the holiday season.


Expanding Your Skillset in January

Once the festive period winds down, January provides an excellent opportunity for beauty therapists to explore new treatments and expand their skillsets. Take advantage of this time to discover what new treatments and products you could offer your clients. By continuously learning and growing in your profession, you can stay ahead of the competition and provide a fresh and exciting experience for your clients throughout the year.

Consider enrolling in training courses to brush up on your skills and learn something new. By investing in your professional development, you'll not only enhance your expertise but also boost your confidence and attract new clients. Start the new year on a high note by expanding your skillset and embracing the opportunities that lie ahead.



The Christmas rush can be a demanding yet profitable time for beauty therapists. By following these tips, you can effectively protect your energy and reduce stress, allowing you to focus on creating a relaxed atmosphere for your clients. Keep track of your stock levels, implement a cancellation policy, set boundaries for your working day, and prioritize self-care. Embrace the spirit of celebration and take time to unwind during the holiday season. Finally, use the quieter month of January to expand your skillset and stay ahead of the game. By prioritizing your own well-being and professional growth, you can have a successful and stress-free Christmas rush.


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