What's it all about?
The hair and beauty sector is well established with a lot of people self-employed, owning a salon, running their own freelance business, working overseas or on cruise ships. Recently, holistic therapists (like aromatherapists and reflexologists) have joined the business. Don’t forget there are support staff as well – jobs such as receptionists or bookkeepers.
There are three main areas in the hair and beauty sector – Hairdressing, Beauty and Make-up.
There are many different jobs across a wide area. The Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority (HABIA) has some useful information on careers, including leaflets you can download.
Visit Skillset for hair and beauty positions in the TV and film industry.
You could ask your careers adviser for more information.
Hairdressing covers careers including stylists, barbers, mobile hairdressers, salon owners and junior hairdressers.
You could work in a variety of places, ranging from salons in shopping malls and on the high street to health spas, cruise ships and hotels. Hairdressers need a good understanding of health and safety as well as a technical understanding of the products used.
Hairdressers are highly skilled and it can take years to achieve the highest standards.
Hairdressing training will give you practical experience in skills such as stock control, styling, cutting, shampooing, neutralising, colouring, perming, and blow-drying. In most areas of hair and beauty you’ll also cover reception duties and how to deal with customers, as well as ordering stock and maintaining records and accounts.
Beauty therapists nowadays have a wide job role. Everything from massage to manicure, aromatherapy to electrolysis!
They can be trained to do face and body massage, leg waxing, eyebrow plucking, pedicure and even ear piercing. They can work in a salon, spa, health club, hotel, holiday centre, shopping malls, health spas, cruise ships and hotels. They may also work in these places as a nail technician, holistic therapist, beauty consultant or in sales.
This profession requires a good understanding of health and safety as well as a technical understanding of the products used.
Beauty care involves learning about facial care, manicures, cosmetics, health and fitness and good grooming. In most areas of hair and beauty you’ll also cover reception duties and how to deal with customers, as well as ordering stock and maintaining records and accounts.
Make-up artists mainly work for TV, film or theatre companies. They have a varied role. They can work with models doing fashion shows or with actors to produce realistic wounds for TV or film; with music artists to help produce videos, or help people learn to use make-up to camouflage scars and birthmarks. They can also advise customers in stores on which products are best for them. Wigmakers make wigs and hairpieces for people in theatre, TV/film, for judges and barristers or for medical use.
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Is this a predicted growth area in the South of England?
The Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) have been asked to predict which job sectors will grow. This information could help you develop your skills and gain qualifications for specific job roles, sectors or particular places where there are likely to be opportunities. No growth doesn't mean there are no jobs but growth does mean there are likely to be more jobs!
The Local Enterprise Partnerships do not identify this sector as an area for growth. However there are still opportunities in this sector as the demand for skilled workers in Hair & Beauty is expected to remain high. Be aware though most hair and beauty salons are small, employing less than 10 people. This means that people are often self-employed and need commercial as well as Hair and Beauty skills. Good interpersonal skills are also important as this is a ‘people’ industry. Some of the jobs are physically demanding. To succeed you will need business sense as well as creative flair.
Oxford and Thames Valley - There are no predictions or priorities from the local LEPs regarding this sector.
Solent - There are no predictions or priorities from the local LEP regarding this sector.
South West - There are no predictions or priorities from the local LEPs regarding this sector.
Find out more about growth industries in the South of England.