Hairdressing Apprenticeships: What To Expect And Why You Need To Do One

So, you’ve got your sights set on a career as a hairdresser. Fantastic! This is a highly creative and rewarding career path if hairstyling is something you’re passionate about. But you’re probably wondering how best to get started, are we right?

The first thing you’re going to need is experience! We have a range of fully-funded training opportunities that will give you a chance to see if this really is the career for you. If you complete some hands-on experience and love it, the next step is to complete a hairdressing apprenticeship. But what exactly is involved, and why do you need to do one?

Here’s everything you need to know…

Why Complete A Hairdressing Apprenticeship?

If you really want to hit the ground running in your hairdressing career, an apprenticeship is the right way to start. This is the best way to begin training in a specialised way. While you may get a salon to hire you as a junior on weekends without the apprenticeship, the quality of training you receive will depend entirely on the whims of the salon. And while they may be happy to advance you in your career after a couple of years, if you need to change salons you may find yourself back at the bottom of the proverbial ladder.

What Qualifications Are Needed To Do An Apprenticeship In Hairdressing?

While there are academic requirements for the apprenticeship, and you’ll finish with a formal qualification, a great premium is placed on personality. If you’re a highly motivated person with a keen eye for detail and great people skills, you’ll find this hugely beneficial.

As with any qualification, you’ll also want to ensure you’re presentable, professional, and employable in order to do well in your apprenticeship. You will also need proficiency in Maths and English, as well as an understanding of your employment rights and responsibilities.

The only other things you will need to complete a hairdressing apprenticeship is eligibility to work in the UK, and time to complete your training (so not in full-time employment or education). You’ll also need to be at least 16 years old. 

What To Expect From Your Apprenticeship…

As part of your apprenticeship, you’ll find yourself working as a junior in a hairdressing salon. You can expect to work for at least 30 hours per week while completing your apprenticeship. This will consist of theory-based learning as well as practical work in a salon. 

Your responsibilities while working will cover a range of things, from working on the backwash shampooing and conditioning hair to drying and styling hair, perming, mixing up colourants and dyes, and of course, booking customers in for appointments.

Part of your training will include learning all the principles involved in colouring hair, as well as the effect the chemicals used can have on skin. Your salon will also teach you about their range of products, the benefits of each, and how best to promote them. 

Interested? Signup here for more information about our free open days, where you can learn all you need to know to start your hairdressing apprenticeship…

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