Mel is a hair colourist who came to the UK to "follow a dream". Her family were very supportive of her and actually moved house to support her in her career. She talks of the importance of self-belief: "it doesn't matter where you're from or how small the town that you've been brought up in you can achieve your dream if you work hard."
More information about Hairdressers and barbers
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The UK average salary is £28,758
There are 37.5 hours in the average working week
The UK workforce is 47% female and 53% male
DescriptionHairdressers and barbers shampoo, cut, colour, style and treat hair.
QualificationsThere are no minimum academic requirements for entry, although some colleges require candidates to possess GCSEs/S grades. Training is provided off- and on-the-job and lasts up to three years leading to the awarding of NVQs/SVQs at Levels 1, 2 and 3. Apprenticeships leading to an NVQ/SVQ at Level 3 are also available.
- Discusses customer requirements, analyses hair condition and other relevant features to define and advise on hair style;
- Washes, conditions, bleaches, tints or dyes hair and provides any necessary basic scalp treatments;
- Cuts and trims hair using scissors, clippers, razor and comb;
- Combs, brushes, blow-dries or sets wet hair in rollers to style or straighten;
- Shaves and trims beards and moustaches;
- Collects payment, arranges appointments and cleans and tidies salon;
- Maintains client records and keeps up-to-date with new products, styles and techniques;
- Ensures hair products are stored and used appropriately and observes relevant health and safety factors;
- Demonstrates, sells and recommends hair care products to clients and advises them on hair care.