Hairdressers & Barbers


Hairdressers and barbers shampoo, cut, colour, style and treat hair.


Discusses customer requirements, analyses hair condition and other relevant features to define and advise on hair style

Washes, conditions, bleaches, tints or dyes hair and provides any necessary basic scalp treatments

Cuts and trims hair using scissors, clippers, razor and comb

Combs, brushes, blow-dries or sets wet hair in rollers to style or straighten

Shaves and trims beards and moustaches

Collects payment, arranges appointments and cleans and tidies salon

Maintains client records and keeps up-to-date with new products, styles and techniques

Ensures hair products are stored and used appropriately and observes relevant health and safety factors

Demonstrates, sells and recommends hair care products to clients and advises them on hair care.

Educational Requirements

There are no minimum academic requirements for entry, although some colleges require candidates to possess GCSEs/S grades. Training is provided off- and on-the-job and lasts up to three years leading to the awarding of NVQs/SVQs at Levels 1, 2 and 3. Apprenticeships leading to an NVQ/SVQ at Level 3 are also available.