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Hairdresser Courses

Hairdressers style and cut hair as well as carry out a range of hair treatments like perming, tints and colouring, straightening, and adding extensions. Working in a hair salon you’ll begin your career washing hair and preparing customers for their treatments, then and as your skills increase you’ll be mixing chemicals and carrying out advanced styling techniques.

Hairdressers don’t just cut hair though. Even beginners will be making appointments, selling retail products to clients (shampoos, conditioners, and take-home treatments), conducting cash sales, plus cleaning and sanitising equipment in between customers.

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Popular Hairdresser Courses

There are 3 courses available for people who want to become a Hairdresser.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much do Hairdressers earn?

In Australia, a full time Hairdresser generally earns $1,025 per week ($53,300 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience can you expect a higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for Hairdressers?

Opportunities for Hairdressers in Australia are expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years as more than 31,000 new jobs open up around the country. Hairdressers mainly work in hair and beauty salons, but there are also opportunities to work in day spas, cruise ships, fashion houses, hotels and resorts, theatres and production studios.

Source: Australian Government Labour Market Insights

How do I become a Hairdresser?

Hairdressers usually get started by completing an apprenticeship with a qualified hairdresser. To prepare yourself for an apprenticeship try completing a VET qualification such as the certificate II in Salon Assistant or the Certificate III and IV in Hairdressing. A hairdressing apprenticeship can take 3-4 years to complete.

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Job Pathways

Here are some potential career pathways within hairdressing. Click on an occupation to learn more about the role and the qualifications that can help you get started in this industry.

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