Hairdressers cut and style hair.

What does a hairdresser do?

A hairdresser cuts and styles hair. There’s a variety of things you may end up doing or specialising in: you could be shampooing and cutting hair, styling wedding or formal occasion hair, or inserting hair extensions.

You need to be friendly and have a good eye for style. You’ll often be working with a variety of clients from small children to the elderly. 

What do I need to do to become a hairdresser?

There are a number of different routes to becoming a hairdresser. You may choose to train on the job, or you could follow a vocational course like a BTEC or NVQ.

There are a wide range of hairdressing courses offered by colleges, some combine beauty treatments. Another route into this job is through an apprenticeship scheme. 

Related skills

  • Patience
  • Time management
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Business management
  • Attention to detail
  • Customer service
  • Interpersonal skills

Related subjects

  • Art
  • Design technology

Desirable qualifications

  • Level 2 qualification in hairdressing

Where could I be working?

Some hairdressers work for themselves while others are employed directly either by smaller independent hairdressers or by big chains. 

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