How to fulfil your dreams of becoming a hairdresser

22 February 2023

Becoming a hairdresser in the UK can be a really fun and rewarding career, but it does take some hard work and dedication to get there. It is a field that encourages both creativity and self-expression, as well as the potential to enter into entrepreneurship or self-employment if that is what you dream of. If the thought of working with a diverse range of clients, helping them all to look and feel their best, excites you, then hairdressing is certainly a career to consider.

Below are some of the best tips to help you on your journey to becoming a successful hairdresser in the UK.

Get the right training

The first step to becoming a hairdresser is to get trained. You can either attend a college or a private education centre, like us at RJL, to get the necessary education and skills. We offer learners a really unique, hands-on experience, which means that you leave with both the theory knowledge and real life experience. Working on real models can make a huge difference to your skills.

If you are starting with no experience, take a look at our NVQ Hairdressing Level 2 Course now. If you are ready for a more specialised level of training, our NVQ Hairdressing Level 3 course is also an excellent option, where you can learn more advanced skills such as asymmetric cuts, root fades, and more! 

Start to specialise 

One of the best things about hairdressing is that there is such a huge scope for opportunity, and within the sector there are so many avenues to go down, depending on your experience and your passions. At RJL, we understand that your interests might sway from learning the basic skills, which is why we also teach highly sought after services such as hair extensions, curly blow drys, and bridal & occasion hair training.

Get the right experience 

Once you have completed your training, it is important to gain some hands-on experience in the industry. You can do this by looking for work experience opportunities at local salons, or by starting off self-employed and delivering your services to friends and family. For example,  RJL offer exclusive experience and training at the Wella Academy in Manchester, providing our learners with exposure to some of the best in the industry. 

Build a portfolio

As you gain experience, you should start building a portfolio of your work. This can include pictures of haircuts and styles you have done, as well as any certificates or awards you have received. This will be a really valuable tool for when you start looking for jobs as a hairdresser, as your accolades will be easy for potential employers to see and appreciate.

Start networking 

Networking is an important part of any industry, and hairdressing is certainly no exception. Attend industry events, join local hairdressing associations, and connect with other hairdressers on social media. This will help you stay up to date with the latest trends and techniques, and give you the opportunity to meet potential employers. 

Keep learning 

One of the best parts of the hairdressing industry is it’s constantly evolving, so it’s important to keep learning and developing your skills. Look for workshops, seminars, and classes that can help you stay up to date with the latest trends and techniques. When you complete a course with RJL, you get lifetime access to our online learning portal which is constantly updating with fresh and new techniques for you to learn, as well as refreshers for older skills if you need some practice.

Start your dream career now 

Confidence is key when working in the hairdressing industry. Remember that you have the skills and qualifications to be a great hairdresser, so don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Believe in yourself and your abilities and you will be successful! Make sure to check out our range of hairdressing courses if you want to start off your career in the best position, or if you want to develop existing skills in a supportive learning environment.