Hairdresser Job Description
A hairdresser is person whose job is to cut, color, and style hair. A hairdresser performs tasks such as shampooing, cutting, shaping, braiding, dyeing, perming and/or straightening of hair to create a desired look.
A hairdresser should be creative, confident, Level-headed, caring, friendly and helpful, and have the ability to work quickly and accurately with their hands. They should be physically fit and healthy, as they may stand for long periods while working.
What does a Hairdresser do?
Hairdressers may do some or all of the following:
- discuss with clients to understand their requirements
- follow clients instructions
- cut, shape and style hair
- shave and trim beards and moustaches
- braid hair
- fix artificial hair extensions and weaves
- apply chemical treatments to hair
- color and dye hair
- market hair products
- keep the saloon clean and tidy
- build and maintain customer relationships
- teach and advice clients on hair care procedures and hair care products
Where does a Hairdresser work?
Hairdressers usually work normal business hours, but may also work evenings and weekends or by shifts or appointments. They work in hairdressing salons and barbershops.
What is Required to Become a Hairdresser?
To become a hairdresser, you need to complete an apprenticeship with a skilled and professional hairdresser. You can also gain more knowledge and training by studying hairdressing in a vocational or technical school.
Knowledge, Skills and Attributes
Hairdressers need to have:
- manual dexterity
- physical stamina
- imagination and creativity
- self confidence and assertiveness
- good personal hygiene
- good hand-eye co-ordination
- good judgment
- good communication skills
- business management skills
- time management and organizational skills
- analytical and problem solving skills
- the ability to listen to their clients and anticipate their needs
- the ability to visualize which hair style will suit a client’s desire
- the ability to use hair dressing equipment
- the ability to be friendly and polite
- the ability to improvise
- the ability to follow instructions
- the ability to concentrate for long periods
- the ability to work independently
- the ability to relate to people from different cultural backgrounds
- the ability to accept and respond well to criticism
- the ability to work well under pressure
- the ability to be comfortable working in close physical proximity to their clients
- knowledge of cutting techniques
- knowledge of hair and skin types
- knowledge of hairdressing equipment and products
- knowledge of various hair treatment procedures and techniques
- knowledge of trending hair styles
- knowledge of health and hygiene regulations
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