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Hairdressing Jobs Overview

Hairdressers use a range of techniques to cut, style, colour and perm people’s hair. Most hairdressers work in salons, which vary in size from large chains to smaller independent businesses. Hours of work are usually between 9am and 6pm, often with the need to work Saturdays. Salons are dependent on repeat business from satisfied clients, so good people skills are important to keep bringing customers back through the door. Anyone thinking about a hairdressing career should also be willing to learn to keep up with the latest trends, be friendly and a good listener.

Hairdressing Jobs Education Requirements

There are jobs in hairdressing for applicants with no previous experience or qualifications. One can train to be a hairdresser at a college or start work in trainee hairdresser jobs in a salon and learn on the go. There are job opportunities for people with no qualifications or previous experience, although GCSEs in English and maths and/or some experience of dealing with the public, such as with shop assistant jobs, may be helpful. Trainees can work towards National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) in hairdressing at a college. NVQ Level 1 and 2 teach the essential skills and Levels 3 and 4 are for those keen to progress to a managerial position or wanting to open their own salon. An alternative is the BTEC Nationals Foundation Degree in hairdressing, which is similar to the NVQ 3.

Hairdressing Jobs Market

According to The National Hairdressers Federation, hairdressing enterprises are the 5th most popular independent start-up business. There are an estimated 36,000 salons employing more than 180,000 people in the UK with new salons opening up every day offering full-time and part-time jobs in hairdressing.

Hairdressing Jobs Salary

Trainee hairdressers are usually paid the national minimum wage, while fully trained hairdressers can earn between £11,000 and £16,000 and senior stylists up to £30,000 a year.

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