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How to become a Hairdresser

Hairdressing is a common career choice for many young adults and if you fancy becoming the cream of the crop and want to become a hairdressing professional, then read on to get the basics you’ll need to know. Without stating the obvious, a hairdresser is responsible for the styling and cutting of hair – simple as that. hair-cut-300x241Apart from the banter and chit chat you associate with working in a hair salon, it’s not always as simple as just picking up a pair of scissors, and you will need to learn new skills, styles and working on improving your creative ability if you want to have a good reputation.

Qualifications – UK

The most typical route to entry to train and work as a hairdresser is to gain qualifications, post GCSE level in hairdressing or a very similar course, such as barbering. NVQ level qualifications are the most typical type of course available and courses are available from level 1 to level 3. NVQ level qualifications are typically found in local colleges and schools, and is a popular course that is run, so is widely available on either a part time or full time basis. Of course, another route into the industry is an apprenticeship, and with an apprenticeship you are likely to gain and experience both on the job training and qualifications as you progress too.


Gaining on the job experience can be obtained by the apprenticeships and qualifications above, if they allow for work experience as part of the process in a salon themselves. However, gaining junior level experience can also be warned by taking practical steps yourself – such as work experience placements, volunteering, Saturday jobs and going into hairdressers / salons to see if any junior opportunities exist.


Good people skills – i.e. the chit chat as highlighted in the introduction, can come in handy in this type of environment. Not only are you serving the general public – you are also having to spend potentially an hour or two of your working day with them too (depending on the cut of course!) so having excellent communication skills and the ability to get on well with different types and ages of people can be a clear advantage! Good hands on skills are also evidently required – no one likes a bad haircut, and entwined with this, is a creative ability and a passion for fashion and recent styles. Also patience is key! After all not everyone knows the type of haircut they want, when they go in to get a haircut – so tact and patience can be really worthwhile!

Still fancy a career as a Hairdresser? Good luck!! We hope these basic tips help you along the way…

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