What is the best course for me to become a well-paid, successful hairdresser?
It has become difficult to study for hairdressing at home, but you can still study for salon management. You can take a hairdressing course full-time or part-time from home, at a college, or study as a trainee, learning on the job and attending college on a day-release. Whichever option you choose, the following qualifications are available for you to study:
- NVQ levels 1, 2 and 3 in Hairdressing
- NVQ levels 2 and 3 in Barbering.
NVQ Level 1 course covers all the introductory skills you would need to learn as an assistant hairdresser. NVQ Level 2 adds the essential skills you would need to study to become a hairdresser. NVQ Level 3 teaches you the skills needed for more senior roles.
Visit Open Study College to learn about the excellent hairdressing courses that you can study at home. This option is ideal if you need to fit your studies around your lifestyle, for example if you have children or a job already.
You may be able to study hairdressing through an Apprenticeship scheme. The range of Apprenticeship courses available in your area will depend on the local hairdressers or barbers that may subscribe to the scheme.
What further courses can I study once I’m working as a hairdresser?
Once you have trained and are working as a hairdresser, you will want to keep learning about new trends, techniques and hairdressing products. Product manufacturers sometimes run short courses to introduce their hairdressing products, which can be a useful, free source of hairdressing courses.
Once you are a qualified hairdresser, you will be able continue to study more advanced hairdressing courses such as colouring courses and perming courses. There is a NVQ Level 4 in Salon Management which could be a useful course if you want to progress further to manage your own salon or become a self-employer hairdresser.
As an experienced hairdresser, you could also develop your career by completing higher level hairdressing courses, including:
- City & Guilds Level 4 Higher Professional Diploma in Salon Management
- BTEC HNC/HND and foundation degrees in hairdressing. This is often combined with salon management
- Beauty therapy and hairdressing course. Home beauty therapy courses are available here.