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
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.
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