How to become a hairdresser: Jasmine's story

Meet Jasmine, 22, from London, and find out more about life as a hairdressing apprentice. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

"If you want to do something, you have to work really hard at it."

What is a typical day in your job?

In my job, I speak to clients, answer the phone, and prepare dye for hair colour and tinting. When a customer comes in, I greet them, take their coat, and make them a drink. I give them a gown and either give them a head massage or a hand massage. I also wash and blow dry their hair.

What skills do you use in your job?

I use time management, IT, and communication skills. As part of my job, I also have to take payments and handle cash so maths also helps because I need to be good with numbers.

When did you know you wanted to be a hairdresser?

I met my boss when I was younger and when she opened up her own salon I knew that I wanted to be a hairdresser. She gave me the chance to do a hairdressing apprenticeship, which is giving me experience of learning and earning money at the same time.

Jasmine is doing an apprenticeship to train as a hairdresser.

Top tips

  • It's fine to not know what you want to do by the time you leave school
  • Try new things – it will help you decide the right path for you
  • Once you know what you want to do, you have to be dedicated and work hard towards your goals.

What to expect if you want to become a hairdresser

  • Hairdresser salary: £14,000 to £30,000 per year
  • Hairdresser hours: 37 to 40 hours per week (usually including weekends)

What qualifications do you need to be a hairdresser?

  • Typical entry requirements: You can take a Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Hairdressing at college and you may be able to combine these courses with other subjects like beauty, make-up, and nails. Intermediate or advanced apprenticeships are available in hairdressing. You’ll usually need some GCSEs (or equivalent), including English and Maths. You may be able start work as a trainee hairdresser in a salon and learn on the job. Your employer would expect you to take part-time qualifications, either at a college or in their own training school.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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