Hairdresser

Cutting, styling, colouring, blow-drying, relaxing, perming... there are many ways you can help your clients look good. So, if you're fashion-conscious, creative, a good communicator and like to help people feel good about themselves, maybe you should think about a career as a hairdresser.

Most people start off as salon assistants, helping out with reception duties, washing hair and learning by watching the experienced stylists at work. Once you've been around for a little while, you'll start to learn the techniques of cutting, blow-drying and so on.

Don't think that you'll be cutting hair for the rest of your life though. Hairdressing is a very competitive business, and people move up the ladder quickly. There are lots of opportunities to go into management, training or business

Hairdressing Qualifications

The Diploma in the Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector is the perfect place to start your career. You'll learn about things like customer service, reception skills, health and safety, styling and dressing techniques, make-up and nails.

An NVQ/SVQ in Hairdressing will help you prove that you've mastered the basics of hairdressing, including shampooing and conditioning; assisting with basic styling; reception duties; maintaining work areas; and perming, relaxing and colouring

You can also learn while you earn with an Hairdressing apprenticeship.

For more information, browse for a qualification using the qualifications finder.

Where to study

Search for a centre that offers your chosen qualification by using the Find a Centre search box (on the top right of each page).

KEY INFO

Type of work:
Indoors, one-to-one, practical.

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Who you could work for:
Salons can be found everywhere from the high street to shopping malls, to hotels and health clubs.

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Likely hours:
Daytime, but probably some evenings and weekends too.

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Starting salary*:
£11,000 as a trainee but top stylists in prestigious salons can earn over £30,000.

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Perfect for you if you are:
Fashion and appearance-conscious,creative, good with people.

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You could even go on to:
Manage or own your own salon. You could also work abroad

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*Remember

Salaries are only a guide. We've quoted average figures and there will be some variation around the country and from employer to employer.

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