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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.

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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.

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How to become a Hairdresser


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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.

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Certificate III in Hairdressing

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

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Certificate II in Business

This certificate gives you the skills and knowledge required for a range of junior administrative roles.
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Certificate IV in Hairdressing

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

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Is Hairdresser the right role for me?


How do Hairdressers rate their role?
Average ratings calculated from 56 Hairdressers surveyed on SEEK
Work-life balance
3.7
Job satisfaction
4.0
Career progression opportunities
3.8
Job security
3.8
Pay / Salary
3.1
Variety of work
3.7

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Latest Hairdresser reviews

Latest reviews from 52 Hairdressers surveyed on SEEK
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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
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May 2021
You need to be passionate about helping people.
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Hairdressing
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Manager / Senior stylist / Colour specialist
The good things
Hairdressing is instantly rewarding, due to helping people feel good about themselves
The challenges
This job is largely self sacrificing, you work long hours, you often don’t receive breaks, you never receive overtime pay whilst you almost always are expected to work overtime daily. Your expected to...
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