How to become a hairdresser?
Hairdressing is a hands-on job, meaning both in-salon training and traditional learning are needed to shape your skills. UK hairdressers typically follow a path similar to the below – but don’t be put off if you’d like to do things differently! Some providers, like Hair Ministry, offer bespoke training in line with your needs:
Education: Start with your GCSEs/National 5S. Some courses and salons will require you to have base-level qualifications in English and maths.
Training: Enrol in a hairdressing course at a college or training academy. This could be an NVQ (National Vocational Qualification), SVQ in Scotland, or a City & Guilds Diploma. Your choice should ultimately come down to your personal preferences and learning style – if you’d like to get hands-on experience in a salon environment whilst learning, an NVQ could be for you. If you go the classroom learning route, you’ll likely start your career as an apprentice or assistant.
Further Qualifications: After completing your initial training, you might wish to do some more advanced courses like an NVQ level 2 or 3.
Continued Learning: Hairdressing is an ever-changing industry. Stay on top of your training with continued learning in the form of specialised courses or learning new techniques as they come into fashion.