Career Advice
E.g. nurse, resume, interview, sales...
🔍
🔍

Hairdresser

A creative career for those who enjoy developing client relationships.

What's it like to be a Hairdresser?

A Hairdresser cuts, colours, straightens, perms, treats and maintains their clients’ hair. They also take care of other requests, such as blow drying and styling.

Hairdresser

Tasks and duties

  • Shampooing, conditioning and providing hair treatments.
  • Styling clients’ hair with scissors, razors and clippers.
  • Keeping utensils and the premises clean and sanitary.
Read less

Hairdressers generally work in salons alongside other Hairdressers. After completing their general training some Hairdressers choose to specialise in a particular field, for example, as colourists or barbers.

What can I earn as a Hairdresser?

All
NSW
VIC
WA
QLD
TAS
SA
NT
ACT
The most common annual salary in AUS for a Hairdresser is between $50k and $60k
Close salary comparison
info
Source: SEEK job ads

How to become a Hairdresser


SEEK Learning
Hairdressers can begin their careers as apprentices in a salon. Apprenticeships generally take three to four years to complete. Alternatively, you can become a qualified hairdresser by completing a hairdressing course such as the Certificate III in Hairdressing (SHB30416) at a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

  1. Find an Apprenticeship Network provider or Group Training Organisation in your area to help you find a host employer and start your apprenticeship. Alternatively, complete a Certificate III in Hairdressing (SHB30416) at a Registered Training Organisation.
  2. Progress in the hairdressing field to become a colourist, stylist, senior stylist and or salon manager. You may choose to complete a Certificate IV in Hairdressing (SHB40216).
  3. Hairdressing is a service industry, so keep a detailed client database to ensure you can always provide the highest level of customer service to complement your hairdressing skills.

Explore related qualifications

SEEK users who have worked as a Hairdresser have studied these qualifications.

All
NSW
VIC
WA
QLD
TAS
SA
NT
ACT

Certificate III in Hairdressing

This certificate provides the technical skills needed to provide hairdressing services to clients.

Compare institutions
Certificate III in Hairdressing provider logo
Certificate III in Hairdressing provider logo
Certificate III in Hairdressing provider logo
Certificate III in Hairdressing provider logo

Certificate IV in Hairdressing

This certificate will provide you with the technical skills and knowledge needed for senior roles in hairdressing.

Compare institutions
Certificate IV in Hairdressing provider logo
Certificate IV in Hairdressing provider logo
Powered bySEEK Learning

Skills and experience employers are looking for

Hi there, have any of these? Add your skills directly to your SEEK Profile.

Skills listed in your SEEK Profile

Sign in or register to add skills to your SEEK Profile

Based on your skills, here are some roles to explore

Roles where your skills are commonly valued by employers.
Sign in and add skills to your SEEK Profile, to see roles that match your skill-set
info
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data

Upskill with an online short course

Get instant access to online training for these in-demand Hairdresser skills

Next

How do Hairdressers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 31 Hairdressers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.6
Job satisfaction
4.0
Career progression opportunities
3.8
Job security
3.7
Pay / Salary
3.1
Variety of work
3.7

Latest reviews

All
Positive
Negative
Nov 2018
Hairdressing intense, but rewarding seeing the next generation achieve their goals
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Business Management
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Hairdressing
The good things
Lot of diversity, both on the floor and administratively
The challenges
Being able to mange the complexities of the younger generation
Read more
Aug 2019
Hairdressing is worth the lows, it’s irreplaceable
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Hairdressing
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Hairdressing apprentice
The good things
The opportunity to learn new things and grow daily is something that’s offered. Mentoring and guidance by senior leaders is also offered and followed through
The challenges
The first year is always the hardest, but it’s because the lack of experience is there. Once you gain more knowledge you are able to do more
Read more
info
Source: SEEK Role Reviews

What are the job opportunities for Hairdressers?

Find out how the job market is trending

All
NSW
VIC
WA
QLD
TAS
SA
NT
ACT

Job opportunities

Hairdresser jobs on SEEK
496
Jobs on SEEK right now
Source: SEEK

Projected job growthAlert

National increase over next 5 years *
8.6%
2019
2024
Source: LMIP. Hairdressers

Latest Hairdresser jobs on SEEK

Next
info
Source: SEEK job ads

Browse related careers by interest

See careers related to Hairdresser by field of interest.