Choosing a career in hair and beauty is something that appeals to many people, and it’s a pathway that more and more youngsters are exploring in today’s jobs market. Hairdressing offers quite an array of benefits, so it’s easy to see why this career is seeing such high levels of interest from new entrants. Let’s take a look in detail at just what makes hairdressing such a good bet, career-wise.
Few things are as certain in life as the fact that we all need regular haircuts. For the hair stylist or salon owner, that can only mean one thing - a regular stream of customers. Stylists that continue their professional training, keep up with the latest trends, and work hard to build long-standing relationships with their clients are likely to find it easy to attract and keep a strong customer base.
Payment for those working in the hair care industry is attractive, with salon managers typically earning around £35,000 a year. The most sought-after hairdressers working in high-end city-centre salons can expect to earn over £70,000 across the same time period, making this a potentially very well-paid profession indeed-and making those years spent undertaking hairdressing apprenticeships
or courses well worth it indeed!
Many hairdressers work on a freelance basis, either operating a mobile salon where they visit clients in their own homes, or renting a chair in a local salon. Both of these options offer a great deal of flexibility in terms of how many hours per week are worked, or how many days per week. This flexibility can allow hairdressers to fit a fulfilling career around other commitments, such as family life.
Few people are lucky enough to have a job where they get to practice their skills and express their creativity every single day. Surveys have shown that hairdressing is regularly featured as one of the happiest professions to work in, as hairdressers get to do something creative and new with every client. With an overall goal of making each client happy through a good haircut or treatment, hairdressers find themselves working in an environment that is fundamentally cheerful and upbeat.
Becoming a hairdresser
will be made far easier if you have a friendly and outgoing personality, as being a hairdresser involves meeting new people all day, every day. Hairdressers discuss all sorts of things with their clients, as they work on the client’s hair. Building relationships in this way, and giving people a genuine reason to smile, is a very rewarding aspect of the job. In addition, a hair salon usually operates as a friendly, tight-knit team, so there is always a great environment in the salon, with friendly colleagues all working hard together.
Whilst many hairdressers are more than happy working in a salon close to where they live, there are plenty of more unusual opportunities available for the more adventurous stylist. Hairdressers typically find it relatively easy to find work overseas, for example, especially in English-speaking locations such as in hotels or on cruise ships, or in areas where there is a large ex-pat community. There are also opportunities to become a brand ambassador, representing a major hair care brand at events and exhibitions all around the country, and even abroad.
For anyone who is evaluating their career options, hairdressing is very definitely something to explore in more detail. If you are creative and have an eye for detail, and enjoy working as meeting lots of new people, it might just be the career you’re looking for.