Would you enjoy helping people to look and feel good? Are you interested in developing your practical and creative skills? If so, this career area may be what you’re looking for.
There are 287,000 people working in this industry in the UK, across some 41,000 businesses.
Fashion trends and the development of new cosmetic, beauty and hair care products are important factors for change in the industry. Recent trends include an increase in male customers (in some areas), and increasing demand for anti-ageing treatments and products.
This career area includes: hairdressing, barbering, salon management, beauty therapy, nail therapy, spa therapy, aromatherapy, reflexology, make-up artistry and body art (tattooing and piercing).
Related work is also available in other areas such as: reception (although online booking is growing in popularity in larger salons and salon chains), sales, marketing, and hospitality and tourism (in health spas and holiday resorts).
Possible employers include:
This industry is dependent on how much money people have to spend once they have paid for the ‘essentials’, such as food and fuel bills.
57% of people working in hairdressing and barbering are self-employed, and in beauty it is 54%.
1,247 people started a hairdressing and barbering apprenticeship in 2015/16 in Scotland.
You will find useful information on careers and qualifications in the industry on the Hair and Beauty Industry Authority (Habia) website. Habia is now part of the SkillsActive Group.
SkillsActive is the Sector Skills Council for Active Leisure, Learning and Well-being.