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Hair Stylist

Hair stylist cutting a client's hair

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:

Pay

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 2024 the National Minimum Wage is £6.40 an hour for workers under 18, £8.60 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20. The National Living Wage for those aged 21 and over is £11.44 an hour.

After experience this could rise to £15.00 an hour, or higher in large salons.

The apprentice rate, for those aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship, is £6.40 an hour (1 April 2024).

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

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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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.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2024
7055
1.2 %
RISE
2029
7138
  United Kingdom
2024
99059
3.3 %
RISE
2029
102328

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to have:

Training

Getting On

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Habia (Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority)
Tel: 08452 306080
E-mail: info@habia.org
Website: http://www.habia.org
Twitter: @Habia_SSB
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HabiaUK

Hair Council
Tel: 020 8760 7010
Website: http://www.haircouncil.org.uk/
Twitter: @hairbarbcouncil

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