- customer service skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- excellent verbal communication skills
- the ability to work well with others
- to be flexible and open to change
- the ability to work well with your hands
- active listening skills
- the ability to work on your own
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
As a junior hairdresser, you'll:
- welcome customers
- shampoo and condition hair
- cut simple styles
- make sure towels and hair products are well stocked
- keep the salon clean and tidy
- make appointments
As a more senior hairdresser, you'll:
- talk to clients about what they want
- suggest style ideas
- cut and style hair
- colour, curl or straighten hair
- give advice on minor hair and scalp problems
- take payments
- order stock and promote products to customers
- keep up to date with new trends, techniques and hair products
You could work in a salon, at a client's home, at a health spa, at a store, at an adult care home or on a cruise ship.
Your working environment may be physically demanding.
With experience you could become a senior stylist or salon manager. With further qualifications, you could also move into training or assessing student hairdressers.
You could also open your own salon.
Other options include wig making, training in make-up techniques and working in the theatre, film and television industries.
You can find out more about careers in hairdressing from the Hair and Beauty Industry Authority and National Hairdressers' Federation.