Hairdressers cut, style, colour, straighten and permanently wave hair with chemical solutions, and provide clients with hair and scalp treatments.
In most salons, the senior hairdressers and the apprentices who are in the later stages of their apprenticeships cut and style hair. Apprentice hairdressers undertake routine tasks in the initial stages, assisting senior hairdressers with client preparation, shampooing, application and removal of simple hairdressing treatments, and sterilisation and maintenance of equipment. As apprentices gain experience they carry out more complex tasks under supervision.
Although creative skills are utilised in this job, essentially hairdressing is a learned trade. Something which should encourage more males to take up apprenticeships! ''Sometimes the changes we make as hairdresser are not so much cosmetic as engineering ones,'' says the owner of a local Hair & Beauty Salon.