Am I too old to train as a hairdresser?

You know that saying, ‘Age is just a number?’ We believe that too.

There are many reasons why hairdressing is considered one of the world’s happiest and most rewarding professions and we’d guess the fact it’s a career that welcomes everybody regardless of age, race, sexuality or gender would be one of the main reasons why.

If you’re passionate about hairdressing but worried that you’re too old to train as a stylist, don’t be. If you’ve got the commitment to learn and the drive to succeed, you can become a successful hairdresser regardless of how old you are.

Here are three reasons why:

#1 Your life experience means you’ve already developed many of the skills you need

Becoming a hairdresser isn’t just about learning technique, it’s about working hard, not being afraid to make mistakes, and understanding the importance of precision and close attention to detail. It’s also about having excellent communication skills, knowing how to deliver great customer service, and being able to interact confidently with everybody you meet. You can learn those skills at any age, but the chances are that you’re already expert in many (if not all) of them. That could give you an advantage over some of our younger students. 

#2 Style is timeless

Here’s another old saying, ‘What goes around comes around’.

That’s especially true in the world of hairdressing and fashion.

If you’ve always had an interest in the hairdressing industry, and especially if you’ve kept yourself aware of changing styles, trends and colours, you’ll be surprised by how much you already instinctively know. Of course, you’ll need to learn the all-important technical skills (that’s what you’re here for, after all!) but there’s a lot you may already recognise, which means your innate understanding of cutting and shaping and how one style evolves into another is already there. That kind of experience won’t just help you during your training, it will also stand you in good stead when you’re a working stylist too.

#3 There’s no age limit to the clients you’ll meet

People of all ages go to the hairdressers for a regular cut. So, there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t find customers who are very happy to have a stylist who is older. In fact, there are plenty of salons that older people prefer to visit because they want their hair cut by somebody closer to their own age. That’s a big market that only an older hairdresser will be able to corner.

Oh, and there’s one other thing to think about: when you consider the celebrity hairdressers that everybody looks up to, most of them are in their forties and beyond – and it hasn’t stopped people flocking to their salons, has it? True, all those hairdressers have been working in the industry for a long time and have established themselves after decades of hard work, but if age was a negative factor then they wouldn’t be as influential as they are. But the truth is, it’s those older hairdressers who are setting the trends that everybody else follows. What’s stopping you from working hard and setting some trends too?

If you’re keen to start a new career as a hairdresser at the LHAA, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We welcome people of all ages onto our courses and will make sure you get the best training in the business. Just head over to our Open Days page and arrange a visit or call our friendly expert team to find out more.

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