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 requirementscut hair using clippers, scissors or razorsshampoo, condition and rinse hairprovide services such as colouring, bleaching, applying treatment, permanent waving (with chemical solutions), straightening and tintingdry hair and style it using brushes, combs, straightening irons and other equipmentshave and trim beards and moustachesadvise clients on hair careblock (shape), clean, colour, adjust, curl and cut wigs and hairpiecesattend hairdressing seminars and training in order to keep up to date with new products and techniquesoperate a cash register and computerperform reception duties such as answering telephone calls and making appointmentssell retail productsmaintain client recordsclean 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 pleasant personality good communication skills able to work under pressure good hand-eye coordination patient some creative flair attention to detail able and willing to follow instructions.