Hair Stylist

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Hair stylists shampoo, cut, colour, curl and style people's hair. They may specialise in particular services, techniques or client groups.

The Work

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting pay is often based on the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or the National Living Wage (NLW).

As of 1 April 2022 the National Minimum Wage is £4.81 an hour for workers aged 16 to 17, £6.83 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and £9.18 an hour for workers aged 21 to 22. The National Living Wage is £9.50 for workers aged 23 and over.

After experience this could rise to £9.50 an hour, or higher in large salons.

At present the apprentice rate, for those aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship, is £4.81 an hour (1 April 2022).

Tips from customers, and possibly commission from products you may sell in the salon, can boost your income.


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Getting In

Job prospects in the industry are steady. There are jobs for hair stylists in salons big and small throughout the UK.

What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to have:


Getting On

More Information

Choose Hair is an initiative set up to help inspire young people into the industry. For further information, visit their website.


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Habia (Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority)
Tel: 08452 306080
Twitter: @Habia_SSB

Hair Council
Tel: 020 8760 7010
Twitter: @hairbarbcouncil

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