Job Description: Hairdresser
A hairdresser is responsible for cutting and styling client’s hair. From trims to fades to updos, your expertise will be called upon to advise and carry out numerous different styles and cuts. Beginning with a consult, a hairdresser will go on to perform services such as washes and treatments, cutting, styling and colouring.
What you’ll be doing
Snipping, cutting and chatting just about sums it up! You’ll be on your feet all day, talking with a variety of clients and creating hair masterpieces. If you have bundles of creativity, this is an excellent role to consider. That said, adhering to clients wishes and demands is important, as a botched dye job or wonky cut can cost you a paying client. Each cut counts, and there can be lots of pressure to give clients what they want – make sure you’re prepared to handle it!
The starting salary can sometimes be fairly low, but according to PayScale, hairdressers with between 10-19 years experience can expect to earn £12,208 – £26,400 a year. Of course the better the service the higher the tips, which can contribute to your annual earnings. You can choose to work in a salon or work independently depending on your personal preferences and ability to market yourself.
While there is no official designation for hairdressing, almost all hair stylists undergo training. NVQ Qualifications in Hairdressing, Barbering and Combined Hair Types are available at several salons and through private institutions. The very lowest NVQ level that accredited hairstylists have is a level 2.
Who is it for?
Hairdressing is ideal for people who don’t crave the 9-5 structure. The nature of the work calls for hours worked in the evening and on weekends, so if you value a rigid weekday schedule, this may not be for you. It’s also an ideal vocation if you’re a ‘people person’, as you’ll be spending lots of time chatting with clients sat in the chair, which can add up to about 8 hours of gossip if you’re fully booked through a shift! Hairdressing is also a good choice if you like variety. On peak times like the weekends you may be run ragged, but downtimes or on days with bad weather causing cancellations can result in a slower workday. If you love fashion and beauty, have a great work ethic, are personable and creative, than a career in hairdressing might be on the cards.