Hair and Beauty

Hair and Beauty

With over 45,000 hair and beauty businesses in the UK, the sector is estimated to be worth over £8 billion, and it’s an area that’s seen significant growth over the past few years. Ever changing trends and new methods of creating unlimited styles mean that the industry is fast paced and offers lots of opportunity for those with creative flair.

Gaining qualifications is essential in this sector, which you can do full-time or part-time whilst also working in a salon to gain on the job experience. Once qualified, you can work as an employee within a salon, become self-employed or even run your own business. 

Related industries you may also be interested in

  • Media Make-up

Skills required

  • Customer service skills
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills

Example career options

  • Hairdresser
  • Hair Stylist
  • Salon Manager
  • Salon Owner

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What our students say

“An apprenticeship offered me the opportunity to acquire the qualifications that I needed to work as a hairdresser, but most importantly, it allowed me to gain them in a real-life industry environment.”

Karolina Lewandowska Hairdressing Apprenticeship

“I enjoy coming to college and learning new skills to further my hairdressing career.”

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Ellie Reek Level 2 Hairdressing Former student at Swinton Academy

“I have made new friends on my course and love how many opportunities there are to get involved in a variety of extra-curricular activities while at college”

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Chelsea Smith Level 2 Hair and Media Make-up Former student at the Laurel Academy
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