Hairdressers cut, style, colour, straighten and permanently wave hair and provide clients with hair and scalp treatments.
In most salons, the senior hairdressers and the more advanced apprentices cut and style hair. Apprentice hairdressers undertake routine tasks in the initial stages of employment, assisting senior hairdressers with preparing clients, shampooing, applying and removing simple hairdressing treatments, and sterilising and maintaining equipment. As apprentices gain experience they carry out more complex tasks under supervision.
Duties & Tasks
Hairdressers may perform the following tasks:talk to clients about their requirements
cut hair using clippers, scissors or razors
shampoo, condition and rinse hair
provide services such as colouring, bleaching, applying treatment, permanent waving (with chemical solutions), straightening and tinting
dry hair and style it using brushes, combs, straightening irons and other equipment
shave and trim beards and moustaches
advise clients on hair care
block (shape), clean, colour, adjust, curl and cut wigs and hairpieces
attend hairdressing seminars and training in order to keep up to date with new products and techniques
operate a cash register and computer
perform reception duties such as answering telephone calls and making appointments
sell retail products
maintain client records
clean the salon, work areas and equipment.
Hairdressers may be employed in women's, men's or unisex salons. They spend most of the day on their feet and are usually required to work staggered shifts to fit in with salon business hours. They have a high level of public contact, so they need to be well presented.
no allergies to hair products
good communication skills
able to work under pressure
good hand-eye coordination
some creative flair
attention to detail
able and willing to follow instructions.