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Hairdresser

Job Zone

Education
Most occupations in this zone require job specific training (vocational training) related to the occupation (NFQ Levels 5 and 6 or higher), related on-the-job experience, or a relevant professional award.

Related Experience
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, electricians typically complete four years of training in order to perform the job.

Job Training
Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognised apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

Job Zone Examples
These occupations usually involve using communication and organisational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include restaurant managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, hairdressers, and web developers.

€15k > 24 
Hairdresser
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€15 - 24 
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Last Updated: June, 2013

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Occupational Category

Hairdressers & Beauticians, etc.

Also included in this category:

Barbers; colourists (hairdressing); hair stylists; beauty therapists; nail technicians

Number Employed:

22,800

Part time workers: 51%
Aged over 55: 4%
Male / Female: 10 / 90%
Non-Nationals: 19%
With Third Level: 31%
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At a Glance... header image

Works in a hairdressing salon, washing, cutting and styling hair.


The Work header image

Hairdressers working in salons talk to their clients to find out what they would like to have done to their hair. They also suggest suitable treatments. Hairdressing may involve shampooing, conditioning, cutting, styling, blow-drying and setting hair. Hairdressers may also perm, colour and bleach hair, or diagnose problems with the hair and scalp.  
 
Men's hairdressers also trim beards and moustaches. Some specialist hairdressers fit wigs. Hairdressers also advise customers about products on sale in the salon and may carry out reception duties. Hairdressers, especially trainees, sweep the floor and dry towels.  
 
In a small salon, hairdressers may do all the tasks on their own. In larger salons, where there are several members of staff, a trainee or a junior may assist the hairdressers.  
 
Hairdressers should be aware of new trends in hairdressing, new techniques and treatments. Qualified hairdressers are responsible for their own clients. They try to establish a good relationship with clients in order to maintain their business. They need to know the various techniques in carrying out such tasks as cutting, perming or colouring. Different products are used, some of which contain chemicals. Hairdressers need to know the effect that these can have on the clients' hair.  
 
Some hairdressers go to peoples' homes (e.g. for brides on the morning of their wedding), they may also visit hospitals and residential care institutions.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Keep work stations clean and sanitize tools such as scissors and combs.

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Cut, trim and shape hair or hairpieces, based on customers' instructions, hair type and facial features, using clippers, scissors, trimmers and razors.

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Analyze patrons' hair and other physical features to determine and recommend beauty treatment or suggest hair styles.

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Schedule client appointments.

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Bleach, dye, or tint hair, using applicator or brush.

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Update and maintain customer information records, such as beauty services provided.

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Shampoo, rinse, condition and dry hair and scalp or hairpieces with water, liquid soap, or other solutions.

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Operate cash registers to receive payments from patrons.

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Demonstrate and sell hair care products and cosmetics.

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Develop new styles and techniques.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Provide Consultation and Advice to Others:  Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Assisting and Caring for Others:  Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Chemistry:  Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Education and Training:  Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Instructing:   Teaching others how to do something.

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Learning Strategies:   Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Persuasion:   Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You need to be friendly, polite and able to talk to customers easily. You should work quickly and well with your hands, doing detailed work. A creative, artistic sense and an eye for colour and form is needed, along with an interest in fashion. Self-presentation is important. You should be well groomed.  
 
You need to be fit and able to stand for long periods. The use of treatments that contain chemicals may affect you if you have sensitive skin. In some cases, the treatments can cause problems for people with allergies.


Entry Routesheader image

There are three possible routes to a career in hairdressing in Ireland:

Salon Training – doing an apprenticeship in a hairdressing salon. Training in a salon should follow a definite structure and a student should be familiar with the content of the programme they are following, what they have completed and what is left to complete. Under the National Minimum Wage Act an apprentice should receive 10% of their training off the job i.e. from an external source. An apprentice may also combine their in salon training with more formal structured training available in either Private and Governmental schools.

Private Training Schools – There are a large number of private training schools in various locations around the country. They cater for the complete beginner through to the advanced stylists. The duration and cost of courses together with the qualifications on offer will vary from school to school for various reasons. It is important that you make a well informed decision. Talk to the course co-ordinators in the schools that interest you. Chat with past students. Discuss job opportunities on completion of the course. It is important to research all options in advance of making your final decision. Many of these schools are affiliated to the Irish State Commission through Fetac, International City & Guilds, The World Hairdressing Federation and the OMC World Hairdressing Association.

Governmental Training – Solas (Formerly FáS) is the new Further Education and Training Authority in Ireland. It is responsible for funding, planning and co-ordinating training and further education programmes. The State Examination Commission (SEC) provide the Junior and Senior Trade Certificates in Hairdressing certified by the Department of Education and Skills. These qualifications are available through many private school and Governmental Training locations. These are basic qualifications in the industry that every apprentice should complete during their training. (The Junior and Senior trade in Hairdressing are the only State Examination programme).

Note: The Apprenticeship system in Ireland is currently under review towards restructuring and expansion.

To become an apprentice you must be a minimum of 16 years-old and have a D in five Junior Certificate subjects, or the equivalent.

If you don’t meet the minimum requirements, you may still be able to register as an apprentice with an employer if you satisfactorily complete an approved preparatory course. You can also be eligible if you are over 18 years-old and have three years of relevant work experience.

For more information look at the SOLAS page on eligibility and assessment.

It’s worth noting that employers may require additional minimum qualifications to those specified by SOLAS.

Last Updated: December, 2014


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Organisation: Irish Hairdresser's Federation
  Address: Seskin South, Ballyragget, Co. Kilkenny
  Tel: (056) 8833808
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