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How do I become a Hairdresser?

Are you thinking about taking the next step in your career? Do you have creative flair, like working with people and enjoy being on your feet? Then a career in hairdressing might be for you! This month, we’re partnering with DMH Do My Hair to bring you our Job of the Month, Hairdressing.

What is a Hairdresser?

Hairdressers wash, cut, style, perm, straighten and colour their clients’ hair. They recommend and perform scalp and hair treatments and can also recommend and sell hair products to allow clients to maintain hairstyles between visits. Hairdressers can undertake reception and administrative tasks such as answering phones, setting appointments, maintaining client records and handling payments.

Is a career in Hairdressing right for me?

Is a career in Hairdressing right for me?

Before committing to an apprenticeship, it's important to do your research to find out if Hairdressing is suited to you. As well as educational prerequisites, there a few personal qualities that will help you determine if a career in Hairdressing is the job for you:

- Good communication skills
- Able to work under pressure
- Good hand-eye coordination
- Patience
- Creativity
- Attention to detail

How do I find a job as a Hairdresser?

If you are wondering how to start an apprenticeship, the first step is to find an employer who will have an open position for you. There are many different ways to find an apprenticeship, starting from job search sites online to door-knocking, or via Group Training Organisations. To get started, have a look at these job search sites and look for any open positions that may be advertised.

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What can I expect to be doing as a Hairdressing apprentice?

A typical day as a hairdressing apprenitce might include assisting senior hairdressers with preparing clients, sterilising and maintaining equipment, answering phone calls and making bookings. 

A hairdressing apprenticeship takes 4 years to complete and includes a range of on-the-job and off-the-job training. Over the course of the apprenticeship, you will learn about different aspects of the job. This will help you build the necessary skills and knowledge to operate independently in the future.

Through on-the-job and off-the-job training, you will learn to:

  • Discussing client expectations
  • Washing, cutting. colouring and styling hair
  • Performing scalp and hair treatments
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Building rapport with clients

During your apprenticeship, you may be trained and assessed in the following:

  • Provide shampoo and basin services
  • Colour and lighten hair
  • Provide full and partial head highlighting treatments
  • Neutralise unwanted colours and tones
  • Provide on scalp full head and retouch bleach treatments
  • Design haircut structures
  • Create one length or solid haircut structures
  • Create layered haircut structures
  • Cut hair using over-comb techniques
  • Create finished hair designs
  • Maintain and organise tools, equipment and work areas
  • Develop and expand a client base
  • Straighten and relax hair with chemical treatments
  • Identify and treat hair and scalp conditions
  • Conduct salon financial transactions
  • Communicate as part of a salon team
  • ​Apply safe hygiene, health and work practices
What are my career outcomes?

What are my career outcomes?

There are endless opportunities and career pathways once you complete your apprenticeship. As well as owning your own business, a hairdresser may choose to specialise in:

- Hair extensions
- Colour correction
- TV, movies & stage
- Runway & fashion shoots