Hair and Beauty

Key facts

General UK facts

• There are over 36,000 hair salons in the UK, employing over 180,000 people, with a turnover of more than £4.8 billion.  You can find lots of facts here.
• Hair and beauty courses involve learning a lot about anatomy (the structure of the body) and physiology (the internal workings of the body).
• Excellent hair and beauty qualifications could give you the chance to travel on cruise ships, etc.
• There is a growing demand for people to specialise in men's grooming. More and more young men are turning to hairdressing as a career.
• The industry has difficulty recruiting staff, particularly beauty therapists and nail technicians, tattooists and piercers, hairstylists and barbers.

South of England facts

  • There are many different ways you can work in the hair and beauty sector in the South of England, whether as part of a team at some of the UKs' more glamorous spas and hotels, at a holistic therapy centre or as a stylist or salon owner.
  • Students from Gloucester College's make-up artists’ course are in big demand among film and TV production companies.
  • The importance of tourism in the South West has led to extra hair and beauty jobs in hotels, health farms and spas.
  • Higher level qualifications can open up exciting career possibilities. For example, Southampton Solent University offers degrees in Make up and Hair Design - for fashion styling, and for music, film and photography.
  • In rural areas of the South West many hairdressing trainees choose to become mobile hairdressers, travelling to their customers in outlying towns and villages.

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