What is a Hairdressing Apprenticeship?

A hairdressing apprenticeship is the means of starting your career by working as a junior hairdresser in an established hair salon while studying for a certificate III at a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

The apprentice term is from three to four years after which you will be a fully qualified hairdresser.

Specific duties will vary from salon to salon, a list of general duties are listed below:

  • Taking bookings, dairy management and processing payments.
  • Offering advice on styling, colouring and maintenance.
  • Shampooing, conditioning and treatments.
  • Permanently straightening or waving hair.
  • Styling your clients with scissors, razors or clippers.
  • Braiding, adding hair extensions, weaves and dreadlocks.
  • Cut or style weaves or hair pieces.
  • Shaving or trimming beards and/or moustaches.
  • Keeping your utensils as well as your premises clean and sanitary.

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Audible Books Worth a Mention

As aspiring hairdressers, you’re rapidly trying to absorb as much information about the your new career as well as trying to juggle all the other day to day activities you already have. This is why audio books are fantastic way to take in all the great info while on the go. You can throw them on your phone or iPod and listen while you’re on the bus, train, car, gym etc. and easily pick up whenever you get the chance.

Although there are many platforms for grabbing audiobooks, the best one of these is Audible. And the best part is you can get one free book just by signing up! There’s absolutely no need to continue a subscription. The hardest part is deciding what to grab for that first free book. Good thing is we’re here to help you get the most out of your choice.

The following suggestions are a great way to inspire and motivate yourself while studying, and help open your mid to what’s possible in the world of hairdressing:

Million Dollar Stylist – Marquetta Breslin

Million Dollar Stylist

Million Dollar Stylist is a self narrated audio book by Marquetta Breslin. It’s a very empowering listen for both new and seasoned hairdresser’s alike providing quality insight into what’s truly possible. At it’s heart the book is about is about freedom and taking your skills and passion for hairdressing and inspiring to the next level. It’s a great realisation that in the hairdressing profession it’s possible to have the ultimate flexibility to not only spend time with family and friends, but while also being able to enjoy a career in hair on your own terms.

While the audiobook is mainly for stylists unsure of how to transition to the next phase in their career, it is equally as good for new hairdressers to enable them a fast track to success. Breslin shares her insights on how to build successful businesses, gain the freedom they deserve, and live life on their own terms. Say goodbye to the days of constantly chasing new clients and relying on a single stream of income from standing behind the chair for hours on end. You were made to create and do more! Million Dollar Stylist teaches you a new way to look at being a stylist. It shows you that doing hair is just one way to create income and freedom for yourself.

The audiobook expands on the concept of success and flexibility through hard work and provides a clear roadmap beyond the standard salon chair for those seeking stability and opportunity on their own terms. At the core of all of this is the notion that true success is not a just a dream, but it is possible with planning and hard work. It’s about developing a completely new way of thinking and a new way to approach being a hair stylist. This truly is a fantastic audiobook and well worth a listen as it will change the way you attract clients, how you think about your career, and how you apply your skills as a stylist.

Hairstylist: How To Reach The Top :Your Success Is More than Cutting Hair – Peter Rosas

HairStylist How to Reach the Top

Hairstylist is a great guide on how to achieve success as a hair professional. It’s written by Peter Rosas, a stylist with over thirty five years’ experience in the hairdressing industry. Peter’s real world success can be attributed to hard work, dedication and some amazing relationships with some of the top stylists. During his career Peter has excelled in his field and through this audiobook shares his secrets and discoveries on the best ways of getting to the top.

This is a fantastic audiobook and insight on how to become a successful entrepreneur within the hair industry. The book discusses the fact that starting out can sometimes be difficult and discouraging for many, and you may go will go through many different highs and lows as a hairdresser. It then proceeds to show the way forward.
More importantly it shows that there are many lessons that you will learn outside of the classroom on your road to success. Finishing your qualification is only the first step in the exciting journey of becoming a hairdresser. It also shows that there is more to building a thriving business, than just cutting hair; you have to have confidence and know how to market yourself and your services to get your ideal job.

However what’s really great about the book is the way that Peter gives a great inside look on the salon industry. As well as being a fantastic insight into the hairdressing industry, the book is very well written with just the right amount of humour. It’s a great no nonsense how to succeed book, with a lot of valuable information and food for thought. Furthermore there’s some excellent dialogue around marketing yourself as a stylist and the importance of social media for hair professionals.

There something here for all hairdressers. It is as much inspirational as it is educational and entertaining, making it the perfect balance of topics for anyone needing guidance in the hair industry. Especially for these who are determined to find their way to success. Whether you’re new to hairdressing or already an established hairdresser, this is a great grab for any stylist on the go.

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Teaching & Training Hairdressers

Learning to teach and train hairdresser can be fulfilling challenging career move. If you have your qualification and spent a good few years on the job gaining industry experience and you are feeling like you want more out of your career it may be time to move on and assess where your strengths lie. Most people will naturally be drawn to a particular area within their industry, for hairdressing it can range from styling to colouring to managing a salon, however keep in mind that there are many other options available in the world of hairdressing and one of those options is training!

If you are a born leader and have an passion to inspire others then perhaps you should think about passing on your professional expertise to others by becoming a trainer and down the track with enough ambition and get go you could eventually start your own training company.

You will need to study for a certificate IV in training and assessment which is the national requirement after which you will be a licensed trainer. Upon completion of this course you will then be eligible to teach any other course that you have previously completed, for instance if you hold the Certificate IV in Salon Management, you can become a trainer and assessor for the Cert IV in Salon Management .

Not only does Australia need more hairdressers but we need the people to train them so take your first step by completing a formal qualification such as the Diploma of Salon Management, then go on to the certificate IV in training and assessment. On completion of this qualification you will have gained the necessary skills, knowledge and competencies required to deliver training and assessments in the hair industry. As always, ensure you thoroughly research which school best suits your requirements before committing to a course.

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The Right Pathway For You

Knowing what you want to do with your life can be one of the hardest dilemmas you can face, especially as a young adult. But what can be truly overwhelming is knowing what you want but not knowing how to achieve it and how you will manage along the way.

Once you have read through all the information on the courses available to you, you can then evaluate your own personal situation so to determine which pathway suits your lifestyle and situation.

You may be keen to take on full or part time study to realise your dreams quicker, which is often the case for people making a career change or with mature age students. Or are you ready to jump straight in and start an apprenticeship where you will be given on the job training as well as attending a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

If you are you looking to fast track your training and take on full time or part time study you may need to think about the duration of the course and how you will manage financially while you study. Be sure to look into possible financial aid, incentives and payment plans options for course fees and carefully vet the organisations you are thinking of attending.

Either way money and time can be a huge factor in your decision. You will need to take into consideration wages, equipment, course fees and living expenses to name just a few.

But there is financial help out there that you may be eligible for while studying, for more information on this topic please here.

Click here to read about cert II in hairdressing.
Click here to read about cert III in hairdressing via an Australian apprenticeship.
Click here to read about cert III in hairdressing via full time study.
Click here to read about cert IV in hairdressing.

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Hairdresser, Hairstylist & Barber, What’s the difference?

As a client, when you require the services of a hair professional, you instinctively know what type of place you should go to, and have a set expectation out of the service it should provide. You can visualise what you want out of the appointment including range of services, prices, time taken, and overall atmoshphere of the experience.
However it can be equally useful as an asprinng hair professional, to understand the difference between a haridresser, hair stylist and barber. As it will help you evaluate which of the options suits your style and personality, and customer expectations.
There is a lot of crossover between each style, however there are some clear differences.

The word “barber” comes from the latin word “beard” and is someone who cuts hair, gives shaves, and trims beards. Barbers are men and their clients are men. They work in what is called a barber shop, which typically features the traditional white, red and blue barber pole on the outside.
Barbers focus on giving customers simple, low maintenance traditional cuts that usually shorter in style. They also are trained at maintaining facial hair. Men will regularly visit barber shops to have their beard or moustache expertly trimmed or to get a clean hot lather face shave. Some barbers also work with artificial hair replacement products eg. toupees or providing basic colouring services.
For clients, the main appeal of seeing a barber, is that you can can expect a good hair cut at a reasonable price usually without the need for an appointment, or the time commitment going to a salon requires. It also provides a unique atmosphere and conversation that is very appealing to men.

As hair professionals, hairdressers have a very diverse skillset and are usually more suited to longer and more complex hair styles. They are familiar with the newest trends and can help find the best style choice for their clients. A hairdresser is someone who cut or styles hair in order to change or maintain a person’s image. The main task performed by hairdressers is the cutting of hair, which is done using using scissors, clippers or razors.
Hair dressers will work with their clients, to make sure they have a clear understanding and expectation of the desired look. This consultation may even begin by looking through magazines or style books to work out what the customer truly wants. The hairdresser will advise on what is practical and immediately achievable. If a style goes beyond the scope of a single visit, they hairdresser will help work out the best approach to achieving the desired look and how long it may take to finally get there.
Once this is decided, the hairdresser will first shampoo, condition and rinse their clients hair, then use a combination of hair cutting, hair colouring, and hair texture techniques to get the desired look.
They may also use bleaching, conditioning, permanent waving, straightening and tinting techniques if the style calls for it.
Once the cutting and colouring is complete, hairdressers will also dry and style hair using brushes, combs, straightening irons and other equipment. Hairdressers area also trained on recommending styling products and hair care routines to clients.
Some hairdressers may even shave and trim beards and moustaches but this is not typical of most salons.
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Hair Stylist
Sometimes the terms hairdresser and hairstylist are used to generally describe hair proffessionals. While there is definetly some overlap in what both do and offer, there are also some key differences.
Higher end hair salons will have both hairdressers and hair stylists. A hair stylist is someone who actually designs and arranges hairstyles. Stylists typically are involved most heavily in the initial stages of a hair appointment and are the ones who will complete the look by blow drying, arranging and applying products.
Through consultation with the client a hair stylist will come up with an overall vision for the hair style . They will work collaboratively with the hairdresser and colour specialist to oversee each aspect of the processes to ensure that the are able to achieve the final look.
Hair stylists can also work independently. For example some top hair stylists actually prefer to be in control of the entire processes themselves, to ensure that everything is executed exactly as the envisioned. The approach is determined by the stylist’s or salon’s preference.
Being a hair stylist requires a great deal of technical proficiency, attention to detail and creativity. Hair stylists, will have typically started out as a hairdresser and apply their knowledge of technique, colour theory, trends and even personal style to create amazing looks.

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