Hairdresser

Hairdresser

Hairdressers cut, colour and style their client’s hair to make them look good. As well as excellent people skills, they need know about the biology and the chemistry behind the products they use to achieve the look they want.

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From salons and barbers to fashion shows and film sets, hairdressers can work in lots of different places. Often, what keeps a client coming back is the way their hairdresser understands their hair, and the best ways to style it.

What’s cool about being a hairdresser?

Meeting lots of different people, and using your creativity to get the style they want

Keeping up-to-date and experimenting with the latest styles, trends and products

Using your talent to make people feel good about themselves and the way they look

Subjects you'll need

There are no set subjects to take if you want to be a hairdresser. Chemistry and biology can help you look after your client’s hair. If you want to run your own salon or mobile business, an understanding of maths can help you balance your books.

Fun fact

The world’s longest hair belongs to the Xie Qiuping from China. She has been growing it since she was 13, and it’s over five and a half meters long!

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