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A Career in Hairdressing

Start a Career in Hairdressing

If you’ve ever asked yourself the question “How do I train to be a Hairdresser?” then hopefully you will find all the answers you need here.

And if you haven’t asked yourself that question yet because you’re not quite decided if a career in Hairdressing is for you, then the information on this page could help you to make that career decision.


“This industry is forever growing and I’m honestly so proud to be a part of it. There is always something new to learn and that’s what inspires me most. It’s great as it keeps me on my toes!” Danielle, Salon Manager

 “I wanted a job where I could wake up in the morning and look forward to going to work. I was interested in the uniqueness and how personalised it can be. I love how rewarding it is and how much satisfaction you can get by making someone happy.” Elliott, Hairdresser and former Apprentice

“ My dream from a young age was to become a hairdresser and have my own salon. I am living proof that ”dreams can come true” Sarah, Franchise Owner and Educator


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What qualifications do I need to become a Hairdresser?

You can start studying to become a hairdresser at different levels, depending on the qualifications you’ve already achieved. For higher levels there may be some entry requirements. We recommend discussing this with your desired training provider.



What hours will I work as a Hairdresser?

You are likely to work 37-40 hours per week, over a 7 day rota. Your hours are likely to include Saturday work and possibly some evening work too.

How much do Hairdressers earn?

A Hairdresser’s salary can range from around £14K when you’re starting out, up to around £30K as you progress. There are plenty of options for you to go further too (link to qualified for hair page)


How long does it take to qualify as a Hairdresser?

Some courses are delivered as intensive study and can take as little as six weeks.

Others may be up to a year in length, and an apprenticeship can take up to 18 months to complete.

What other skills will I learn?

  • Customer service and consultation skills
  • Selling products and services
  • Reception skills
  • Salon appointment software

How much will it cost?

Costs can vary, as there are different sizes of qualifications, and the costs are set by the individual college or training provider.

Your best bet is to have a look at your local centre(s) and see what they offer. Then you can contact them directly or visit their websites to find out more.




What will I do as a Hairdresser?

  • Welcome customers
  • Shampoo and Condition hair
  • Cut simple styles
  • Stock the product shelves
  • Keep a supply of clean towels
  • Keep the salon clean
  • Book appointments

As your skills progress and you move up to become a more senior hairdresser;

  • Cut and style hair
  • Consult with clients on styles
  • Give advice on minor hair and scalp problems
  • Process payments
  • Order stock
  • Promote products to customers
  • Keep up to date with new  hair trends, techniques and products

Is it too late to become a Hairdresser?

No! In fact, many people choose Hairdressing as a career option when returning to work after having a family, as it can be a very flexible career and can work around any family commitments like childcare.

What to do next

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