So you want to be a hairstylist but don’t have any experience? Then the first thing you should do is get some! If you are still in school, most salons will be happy to hire you as a junior for weekend, evening, or holiday cover work. Consider a hairdressing apprenticeship if you wish to study as an apprentice, particularly if you already have some experience in this sector and have concluded that it is the perfect career path for you.
How does a hairdressing apprenticeship work?
A hairdressing apprenticeship is the most specialised way to begin your training. First, you must be at least 16 years old, legally authorised to work in the United Kingdom, and not engaged in full-time school. Although academic qualifications are essential, personal characteristics such as attention to detail, excellent people skills, and an understanding and sense of style are highly valued.
There are several industry-recognised certifications for hairdressing and barbering that may be achieved full-time, part-time, or “on the job.” Accreditations include certificates, diplomas, and an apprenticeship programme will allow you to work while simultaneously getting NVQ2 and level three certifications. For more information on apprenticeships and what programmes are available in your area, visit the GOV.UK apprenticeship page.
Apprenticeships are divided into three types:
- Level 2 – Intermediate Level Apprenticeship
- Level 3 – Advanced Level Apprenticeship
- Levels 4 or 5 – Higher Apprenticeships
In addition, the following criteria are part of the apprenticeship programme:
- A minimum of 30 hours of combined work and study every week
- One component is based on knowledge, while the other is based on competence.
- Understanding of employment rights and responsibilities
- Personal Learning and Thinking
- Skills Math and English Proficiency Evaluation
As a junior in a salon, you will be responsible for assisting senior team members. Booking appointments, washing and conditioning hair, drying and styling hair, mixing and applying dyes and colourants, and perming and relaxing different hair types are all responsibilities. You will learn the fundamentals of hair colouring and the impact that chemicals may have on the skin, what an allergic reaction is, and why a skin test is required. You will also learn about the many things available for purchase, their benefits, and how to market them to clients.
Apprentices may further their skills and knowledge by participating in advanced cutting and colouring programmes. Some may even want to create their salon based on their apprenticeship knowledge, capabilities, and professional experience.