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Hairdressers cut, colour, shape, style, straighten, perm with chemical solutions and provide clients with hair and scalp treatments. They talk to their clients about what they require and make suggestions about styles that would suit a client’s face, lifestyle and personality. When they have finished creating the hair FutureGrowthModerate style, the hairdresser may also suggest products such as shampoos, conditioners, gels, moose or wax products that will help in maintaining the cut. They may also perform minor administrative duties, such as taking bookings and payment for services.


ANZSCO description: 3911: Cuts, styles, colours, straightens and permanently waves hair, and treats hair and scalp conditions.

Alternative names: Hair Stylist

Knowledge, skills and attributes

Hair dressers need:

  • a keen eye for detail
  • good eye-hand co-ordination
  • excellent people skills, with an ability to listen and follow instructions
  • stamina to stand on your feet for long periods of time
  • punctuality and reliability
  • the ability to work under pressure and handle difficult clients
  • good personal presentation and hygiene.
  • good health with no skin allergies
  • pleasant personality
  • good communication skills
  • patience
  • some creative flair
  • able and willing to follow instructions

 

Duties and Tasks

Hairdressers may perform the following tasks:Hairdressing

  • 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, straightening and tinting
  • dry and style hair 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.
Working conditions

Hairdressers tend to work in hairdressing salons with other hairdressers, in beauty salons or in retail beauty stores with salons attached. Their work environment is frequently very busy and quite noisy. Some hairdressers choose to work solo, either from their own home, or visiting people at their homes. Hairdressers can also be employed to work on location, and film or television sets.

Hairdressers should be prepared to work on weekends and evenings. They spend a lot of time dealing with clients and the public. Since it is important for hairdressers to be up to date with new trends and styles, they may also attend extra training and seminars. 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. Washing hair

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.

Tools and technologies

Hairdressers use a wide array of tools and materials to style hair. They use scissors and razors to cut hair, and brushes, combs, clips, hairdryers, straightening irons, hair rollers and curling tongs to shape and style hair. Often, hairspray, wax, moose and gel is used to help the hair keep its shape.

Hairdressers care for hair with shampoos, conditioners and treatments. They use chemicals and dyes to temporarily or permanently colour, straighten or curl hair, which they mix and apply with brushes and other tools. Since they work with a lot of chemicals, they are often required to wear gloves and aprons. If hairdressers work freelance, they may require a car to visit clients. They also have to carry various cutting and styling tools.
 

Education and training/entrance requirements

To become a qualified hairdresser, you usually have to complete an apprenticeship in hairdressing. The apprenticeship usually takes 36 months to complete.

You may improve your prospects of gaining an apprenticeship by completing a traineeship as a salon assistant. The traineeship usually takes 12 months to complete and is available as a school-based apprenticeship.

You may also improve your prospects of gaining an apprenticeship if you complete a Certificate II in Hairdressing offered at TAFE Colleges and other registered training organisations throughout  Australia.

Did You Know?

That the longest hair in the world belongs to a Thai medicine man named Hoo Sateow? In 1998 it reached 5.15 metres!

That is about the same length as a mini bus!

 

In 1929, if you purchased an "Air-Way Sanitary System" hair-dryer you also received an operator's manual outlining the many ways the system could be used around the house. Not only could you blow dry your hair, the manual boasted that the system could also be used for vacuming rugs, cleaning furniture, and ventilating rooms.

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