Hairdresser

Hairdressers render a service to clients by washing, cutting, perming, colouring, tinting, curling and styling their hair.


Hairdressers cut and style hair according to customer requests. The tasks differ according to the requirements of their clients. They may first have to study a client’s face, hair and scalp before deciding on a style and treatment. They also trim, shape, shampoo and tint or bleach hair. They give scalp treatments and massages, and permanent waves.

They also trim and style beards and moustaches and sometimes advise customers on personal grooming and cosmetic aids available. Some hairdressers fit and style wigs. Hairdressers need to keep up-to-date with the latest trends in hairstyles and cutting techniques.

Hairdressers work indoors in salons that must meet certain sanitation codes. Hairdressers who manage or own salons have the responsibility of ordering supplies, keeping records, receiving clients, hiring employees and keeping the salon clean. Hairdressers’ tools and accessories include: scissors, clippers, razors, combs, brushes, tweezers, towels and hairdryers, various solutions, bleaches and tints, cleaning and sterilising equipment.

Hairdressers who own or manage salons also work with appointment books, employee schedules and various financial and clerical forms. Hairdressing salons are usually pleasant and attractive so as to appeal to the public. Normally each hairdresser is assigned to a work area, which has a customer chair and an area where equipment such as combs, rollers and hairdryers are kept.


Employment


  • hair salons

  • hotels and departmental stores

  • film and television industry

  • unisex styling salons for Performing Arts Councils

  • self-employment, with enough experience and capital, can start own business


Getting Started


  • try to obtain Saturday morning, part-time or vacation work at a hairdressing salon

  • courses in Art, Chemistry, Life Sciences and Sales Techniques would be helpful

  • consult the Registrar of Manpower Training concerning learnership programmes that may be available in your area

  • speak to a hairdresser about this type of career


Programmes

Coastal KZN TVET College, College of Cape Town , Ekurhuleni West TVET College, Mauritius Institute of Training and Development, Motheo TVET College, Okakarara Vocational Training Centre, Tshwane North TVET College


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