Are you friendly and good at talking to people?
Do you have good hand eye co-ordination, and practical skills?
Are you fit and can stand up all day long?
Are you interested in fashion trends and working with hair?
If so hairdressing could be for you?
- There are over 40,000 hair salons in the UK, employing over 200 000 people, with a turnover of more than £4.8 billion.
- 93% of businesses are small employing less than 10 people and over half of all hairdressers are self employed.
- As a qualified hairdresser you could be working in a salon, barbers, hotel, cruise ship or working as a mobile hairdresser visiting people at home.
- Hairdressing remains one of the most popular apprenticeship choices for young people. However, there are still skills shortages and lots of jobs available to train to be a hairdresser.
- In rural areas of the South West many hairdressing trainees choose to become mobile hairdressers, travelling to their customers in outlying towns and villages.
Routes into this sector
- GCSEs in English and maths would be useful for a career in hairdressing.
- At 16 you have two main options.The first is to do a vocational course at college and the second is to an apprenticeship.
- At 18 or 19 you could do an apprenticeship in hairdressing - these are offered by national companies such as Toni and Guy and smaller salons.
In hairdressing it is important to keep up with the latest trends, through further training. You will also have to combine your creative flair with customer service skills and business knowledge.
Self-employment is quite normal in this sector and many people also learn how to run their own business. Routes into hairdressing and barbering are mostly through work-based apprenticeships in salons, where on the job training is offered alongside study at college.
You can also choose to specialise in different areas such as hair colouring, bridal hair-dos or hair effects such as extensions.
You could supplement hairdressing with media makeup training to enable you to go into careers in media make up or fashion hair and makeup.
Use the Course Search
Use the relevant search options on our Course Search to find college and university courses as well as vacancies for apprenticeships.
More help finding Courses and Training
- To find out more about the qualifications needed in this sector visit the Hair and Beauty Industry Authority (Habia) and visit Skillset for hair and beauty positions in the TV and film industry.
- To find out whether there is an apprenticeship training course related to hair that might suit you (you still have to find a vacancy)
- To search for an apprenticeship vacancy available now related to hair, across England (you need a vacancy to be able to apply)
- To find apprenticeship vacancies near you. There are other ways to look for an apprenticeship too.
- To find a vocational course related to hair at a college (also check the college's website to get the latest list of courses)
- To find an university level course related to hair and beauty management.