Real World Experience

Nothing beats the advice from a person who has walked in your shoes, so we asked some of our subscribers to give a little information about their thoughts and insights into what life really is like to be a hairdresser or stylist in Australia. Here is what they have to say:

“My day starts with setting up the salon, I put the music on and get the atmosphere going, I make myself a morning coffee and go through the appointment book to see what’s on for the day and plan my schedule, I’ll see on average thirty clients a week as opposed to our third year apprentice will see about ten per week.”
Kate – Perth WA

“I was pretty surprised to discover that being a hairdresser required a lot more skills than just cutting and colouring. I had to build up my clientele as well as work on my social skills as I’m chatting with clients all day long”
Felicity – Melbourne VIC

My best advice for anyone pursuing a career in hairdressing is to stick With It and never give up on your dreams. My apprenticeship was hard at first and I wanted to leave so many times but I kept with it and it finally paid off for me in the end. Now I have just started in a new salon that recently opened, I’m so happy and doing really well.
Olivia – Bankstown NSW

We would love to hear from you, so please become part of our community and share your experiences with our other readers. Your insights can be a valuable tool for others starting out in the industry and looking to hear from industry insiders, so don’t be shy, drop us a line today!

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Hairdressing FAQs

How do I become a qualified hairdresser in one year?
You will need to study a Certificate III in Hairdressing at a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) such as Tafe which is a public institution or through a private establishment.

My employer has just fired me. What should I do now?
If you have just been terminated by your employer you should get in touch with the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider on 13 78 73 to advise them and discuss other possible options that may be available to you.

What if my traineeship or apprenticeship is cancelled, could I continue it with an alternative employer?
Yes you can resume your traineeship or apprenticeship with an alternative employer. You and the new employer will be required to sign a new contract through a Registered Training Organisation however you will have to restart the probation period with the new employer.

How to become a hairdresser quickly?
You will need to study a Certificate III in Hairdressing at a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) such as Tafe which is a public institution or through a private establishment.

Am I too old to become a hairdresser?
You are never too old to become a hairdresser, wither your 30, 40 or more if that’s you dream and passion then make it happen. Read our article on Mature Age Hairdressing Study to find out more.

 

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