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Job Description Hairdresser

Hairdressers cut and style hair and offer other hair-related services. The work with clients to trim or alter their existing hairstyle, creating new looks to match a customers request. A Hairdresser typically works in a hair salon or a barbershop, where it is common for a Hairdresser to rent a chair. Combining artistry with technical skill, it is a client-focused profession with much of their successes depending on the satisfaction of their clientele.

5 Requirements to be Hairdresser

  1. Be a registered apprentice of the provincial trade school or organization
  2. Attend and graduate from a certified training school
  3. Complete an apprenticeship, typically lasting for 1-2 years
  4. Correctly and safely know how to use chemicals, dyes and relaxers
  5. Be comfortable standing for long periods of time

What does a Hairdresser do ?

A Hairdresser works with clients to cut and style hair to their specifications. Many clients will be willing to differ to a Hairdressers expertise, but Hairdressers must be prepared to follow a client’s wishes. A Hairdresser uses their artistic eye and technical training to create hairstyles that are flattering and help a client feel positive. There are many different techniques that can be used, depending on the type of hair and the style desired by a client. Typical duties of a hairdresser include:

  • Consult with a client regarding potential styles
  • Trim and cut hair to match an existing style
  • Wash and rinse hair to ensure cleanliness
  • Dye and highlight hair
  • Use chemicals to treat, relax and curl hair per clients wishes
  • Advise client on proper care and maintenance
  • Recommend products to ensure healthy hair
  • Maintain a clean and sterile work environment
  • Build a strong relationship with clients
  • Schedule appointments and place orders

How to become Hairdresser

Hairdressers typically complete a training program at a college, vocational school or other learning institution, combined with an apprenticeship under an experienced hairdresser to gain hands-on experience. Trade certification for hairdressers is required in many provinces, including Ontario and Alberta, but not all. Aspiring hairdressers should join the regulatory organization of their province or territory, such as the Ontario College of Trades or the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia.

Sectors of activity that are recruiting a Hairdresser

Hairdressers are recruited by businesses in the personal care industry.

Outlook and career development as a Hairdresser

The long-term employment outlook for hairdressers is considered to be fair across the country. While there are predicted to be 25,000 available job roles over the next ten years, there will be 30,000 jobseekers looking to fill them, leading to increased competition.

Where does a Hairdresser work

A hairdresser works in a hairdresser salon, beauty parlour or barber shop. It is common for hairdressers to rent a chair from an established business, and work with both walk-ins and long-term clients. Hairdressers can also open their own location, or even provide in-person hairdressing services as freelance contractors.

Other names of the profession Hairdresser

According to the CNP code (national classification of occupations), here are the additional titles for a hairdresser:

  • Barber
  • Barber apprentice
  • Hairdresser apprentice
  • Hairstylist apprentice
  • Barber
  • Hair colour technician
  • Hair stylist

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Hairdresser Salaries

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