I can’t believe it guys I have finally reached the last final issue of More Magazine tips 😦 Enjoy!
Three insiders reveal what it takes to make the cut in the hairdressing world…
YOUR ROUTE IN Bethan Mannings*, 23, is a senior designer from Cardiff
‘I started off as a saturday girl in my local salon when I was 13 and worked whenever I could in the school holidays. By the time I turned 16 I had a real passion for hair, so I decided to leave school and work full-time. However, you can’t become a qualified hairdresser without completing NVQ levels 1 and 2. Each level takes a year to complete, but I also decided to do level 3, an advanced qualification that allows you to expand your talents and go on to teach others. As I had a full time job in the salon, I went to college once a fortnight for a day of theory. The rest of it was practical work with someone coming in to assess you. You can study full time, but it’s better to gain on-the-job experience – plus you earn money, too. I worked my way up from junior stylist to senior designer. Now I also specialise in wedding and evening hair.’
A DAY IN THE LIFE Vicky Coles, 23, is a senior stylist and manager from the Vale of Glamorgan
‘I’ll get into the salon at 9am and get everything ready for the day. I need to make sure all the equipment is clean and the customers report cards are out. From then on I’ll see between 10 and 15 clients, who come in every half an hour. I’ll make them a drink, wash their hair, cut it, then dry it before taking their bill and seeing the next person. If I’m really busy, I won’t have any time for lunch and can go the whole day without eating. Appointment times can also run over and the next client can be sat waiting for you. When the last customer leaves, I’ll tidy and clean the salon, then cash up before going home. On Mondays and Tuesdays I’ll try to leave earlier as I do colours the rest of the week. and won’t finish until about 8pm. But work doesn’t stop there – as I run the place, I have a lot of admin to do. In the evenings I need to sort out bills, pay my staff, put in product orders and advertise the salon. There are busier periods when I can often work from 9am until 9pm seven days a week – it can be exhausting.’
WHAT THE JOB AD WON’T TELL YOU Amy, 22, is a senior stylist from London
‘I know a lot of salons have a “bitchy” stigma attached to them, but I’m lucky enough to get on really well with the people I work with. Customers put a lot of trust in us and you often find they will treat you like a therapist. We get told so many things that even people’s best friends don’t know! From relationship problems to fallouts with friends, even their sex lives, we’ve heard it all. You want to die inside when they’re telling you intimate details, but you have to smile and nod. Sometimes people arrive at the salon and their hair is gross. The most common problems are grease and dandruff, but I’ve also seen people with nits. I’ve had to deal with a few hissy fits, too. It’s always a difficult situation, especially if you’ve done exactly what they said they wanted. This usually happens when I’m doing dyes, as the condition of their hair determines the outcome of the colour, so it may not be what they pictured. I do get nervous sometimes, especially if you’re making a dramatic change. You have to learn to hide that from a client – that’s when you have to trust your training. You can meet some demanding people. Some customers you really look forward to seeing, but others constantly fuss and won’t let you get on with your job. Another problem is that no two people picture something the same way, so it’s often a challenge understanding what the client is asking for when they don’t bring any photos. Hairdressing puts a big strain on our feet as we’re standing up for 10 hours a day, and our hands are chapped from constantly being in products or water. It’s not as glam as you might think.’
STARTING SALARY: £14,000 to £20,000
AVERAGE SALARY BY 30: £20,000
WHAT’S THE MOST I COULD EARN: Top professionals earn £30,000 +
KEY QUALITIES: Creative, fashion aware and good with people
QUALIFICATIONS: NVQ level 2/3 in hairdressing and barbering.
WHERE DO I FIND OUT MORE?: Go to nationalcareerservice.direct.gov.uk and search for ‘hairdresser’
(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘So you want to be a hairdresser’ in Issue 29th April 2013, I did not write this!)
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