Job Description

A Hairdresser cuts, colours, straightens, perms, treats and maintains their clients’ hair. They also take care of other requests, such as blow drying and styling.

Careers Ladder


Hairdressers can begin their careers as apprentices in a salon. Apprenticeships generally take three to four years to complete. Alternatively, you can become a qualified hairdresser by completing a hairdressing course such as the Certificate III in Hairdressing (SHB30416) at a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).


  • Self-Motivation
  • Interpersonal
  • Communication
  • Team Work
  • Reliability
  • Integrity
  • Willingness to Learn
  • Autonomy
  • Talkative

Key Skills

  • Creativity
  • Good teamwork
  • Barbering
  • Maintaining a tactful, friendly manner
  • Openness to learning new ideas and techniques
  • Attention to detail
  • Cleanliness and good personal grooming

Future Prospects

Progress in the hairdressing field to become a colourist, stylist, senior stylist and or salon manager. You may choose to complete a Certificate IV in Hairdressing (SHB40216).

Home business - Hairdressing is a service industry, so keep a detailed client database to ensure you can always provide the highest level of customer service to complement your hairdressing skills.