Hairdresser

 

Hairdressers cut, style and colour clients’ hair to create the look they want.

You could get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role

 

College

You can take a Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Hairdressing.

You may be able to combine these courses with other subjects like beauty therapy, make-up and nails.

Entry Requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

 

Apprenticeship

You can do an intermediate or advanced creative hair professional apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

 

Work: you may be able start work as a trainee hairdresser in a salon and learn on the job. Your employer would expect you to take qualifications part-time, either at a college or in their own training school.

 

You’ll need the following skills:

  • customer service skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • active listening skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

As a junior hairdresser, you’ll:

  • welcome customers
  • shampoo and condition hair
  • cut simple styles
  • make sure towels and hair products are well stocked
  • keep the salon clean and tidy
  • make appointments

As a more senior hairdresser, you’ll:

  • talk to clients about what they want
  • suggest style ideas
  • cut and style hair
  • colour, curl or straighten hair
  • give advice on minor hair and scalp problems
  • take payments
  • order stock and promote products to customers
  • keep up to date with new trends, techniques and hair products

The following salaries are a guide only:

  • Starter: £14,000
  • Experienced: £30,000

 

Working Conditions

  • You could work in a salon, at a client’s home, at a health spa, at a store, at an adult care home or on a cruise ship.
  • Your working environment may be physically demanding.
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