How to become a Hairdresser


Hairdressing is a very lucrative and exciting business to pursue. Depending on your career goals, you can run your own salon, work from home or freelance for someone else. If you have the passion and drive to become successful, then this guide is for you. Here, we will cover everything from the qualifications needed to start your journey, to the benefits of being a hairdresser in Australia.

Step 1: Get the right training

Requirements for being a hairdresser vary by State, but to become a hairdresser you’ll usually complete a Certificate I, II or III in Hairdressing. Many people choose to complete an apprenticeship while they work in the industry. This provides practical on-the-job training alongside formal studies and assessments that must be passed to gain full certification as a qualified hairdresser. You can look up the various courses easily, including online courses, community college classes and private institutions such as TAFE (Technical and Further Education).

Step 2: Stay informed of the latest trends

There are many workshops and seminars held throughout the year by leading experts in the industry that give aspiring hairdressers valuable insight into the profession and help them hone their skillset. With hair trends, techniques and technology constantly changing, it’s important you keep across what is happening in the industry. Your clients will also expect that you know about the latest styles, so it pays to read fashion magazines and follow the latest celebrity trends.

Step 3: Register with your local council

Most councils across Australia have a requirement for you to register your business with them. This allows them to stay informed about what businesses are operating in the area and to ensure health and safety guidelines are being applied. To find out more, just google ‘Register my hairdressing business’ and search for the links related to your local community.

Step 4: Complete continuous professional development

In order to renew your hairdressing registration, you will need to complete continuing professional development (CPD) activities/ CPD activities can include attending workshops, seminars, and courses; reading industry-related publications; or completing online learning modules. To work as a hairdresser in Australia, you will also need to obtain a police check and working with children check (if applicable).

Step 5: Get business insurance

As a hairdresser, you’ll want to ensure you have the right insurance to protect your business in the event something goes wrong. You can find specialist hairdresser insurance online, and firms like Salonsure are a good place to start.

Being a hairdresser has many benefits such as job satisfaction, creativity, flexibility and financial rewards. As a contractor, you have control over your own schedule which allows for greater work/life balance than other professions may offer. You also have more freedom when it comes to choosing clients and setting rates, which helps with career growth and stability. With hard work and dedication, we’re sure you’ll have what it takes to make it as a successful hairdresser in Australia.

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