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How to become a Hairdresser in 2024

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Hairdressing is still one of the most popular professions to go into in the hair and beauty industry. So you may be wondering just how to become a hairdresser in 2024?

Hairdressing is a popular and rewarding career that millions of people have enjoyed over the generations. The job allows you to be creative and socialize and there is always a demand for talented professional hairdressers and barbers! And because there are always new hairstyles and fashions, you will always be learning and developing your skills!

Keep reading to find out what it takes to get into this industry.

Why should you Become a Hairdresser?

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  • Great Job Satisfaction – You’ll have a chance to be creative every single day and face new challenges as different clients walk through the door.
  • Excellent Job Security – No matter how much technology develops and society changes, people will always need haircuts!
  • Great for Social Butterflies! – New people with new stories will talk through the door every day – much better than locking yourself in front of a computer screen for hours with no one to talk to!
  • Constant Challenges and Chances to Learn – As fashion and beauty are constantly evolving, so will your skills as you learn how to cut new styles to keep up with the latest trends.
  • Great Flexibility – You can choose between renting a chair in a salon, getting a job in a hairdressers, being full or part-time, and visiting people in their homes. In terms of flexibility, hairdressing is hard to beat!
  • Fantastic Earning Potential – Although you shouldn’t expect money to be thrown at you from the first day of your hairdressing apprenticeship, as your skills and reputation grow you can develop your career to begin reaping the financial rewards!

How to Become a Hairdresser

To give yourself the best foundation for your career you will need some professional training and nationally recognized qualifications.

The Importance of Hairdressing Qualifications

Hairdressing is such a popular industry, so you will need to stand out from the crowd when you apply for jobs in salons. One way to prove your skills, commitment and knowledge to potential employers is getting a hairdressing qualification or completing an apprenticeship. You will again a working knowledge of the industry and put yourself in the best position to get a great job in a fantastic salon when you begin your career.

Option A - Become a hairdresser by doing an apprenticeship

A hairdressing apprenticeship will give you the chance to get on-the-job training as you work in a salon and help professionals in styling hair, cleaning up, and preparing clients by shampooing and conditioning before a cut. And you’ll be gaining a nationally recognized qualification along the way.

You’ll also be paid the National Minimum Wage (https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates) for apprentices, which is:

National Minimum Wage
National Minimum Wage 2024 from gov.uk
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If you are under 19 or in the first year of your apprenticeship, you will be paid the national minimum wage for an apprentice. However, if you are 19+ and in the second year of your apprenticeship, you’ll be paid the minimum wage for your age group.

There are a variety of different apprenticeships available which can range from 12 to 18 months. We offer the following:

Option B - Become a hairdresser by completing a Hairdressing NVQ or VRQ Course

An NVQ or VRQ Diploma will give you a nationally recognized qualification that proves your completion of a professionally led course that has given you all the skills, knowledge, and abilities you need to get started on your professional hairdressing career.

What essential skills do you need to become a hairdresser?

  • You Need to be a People Person
  • Work well as Part of a Team
  • Be Eager to Learn and Develop
  • You need a high level of attention to detail.
  • Great Communication Skills
  • Flexibility and ability to work in busy environments.
You may also be worried about your English and Maths skills, but don’t worry, you can still study functional skills English and functional skills maths alongside your hairdressing training.

How much can you earn after becoming a hairdresser?

According to the National Career Service, the average salary ranges from £14,000 for a starter to £30,000 for UK Hairdressers. Of course, the earning potential is unlimited depending on what route you decide to take with your hairdressing career, your experience, skills, and qualifications.

Summary - How to become a hairdresser in 2024


Hairdressing is an incredibly fun, social, creative and challenging profession which has great employment prospects long term. You first step on this continual learning journey will be to secure an apprenticeship or complete an NVQ course. This professional training and development will give you the perfect foundation to begin you career. You will gain a working knowledge of the industry and prove to employers that you already have the skills, knowledge and experience required to contribute to their salon.

For more information about Hairdresser Apprenticeships UK and Hairdresser NVQ Qualifications, contact Central Training Group today to talk to one of our advisors and discover which choice is best for you when learning How to Become a Hairdresser in 2024.

Whatever you decide, we want to help. You can contact us today by mail, phone us or via our website to speak to one of our friendly team, who will help you make a decision about your next steps.

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