Careers in Hair and Beauty By Jodie Mickleburgh The Hair and Beauty industry in the UK employs around 250,000 people and is all about making people look good and feel good. It is also a very innovative and fast-paced industry, with many key looks changing on a daily basis according to which celebrity is in the headlines. Trends are often dictated by these celebrities appearing in magazines, on television or in films showcasing “looks” created by a team of stylists, hairdressers and make-up artists… “looks” which customers will want recreated in their local salon or beauty parlour. Hair and Beauty is an industry that often appears very glamorous and exciting. This can be true, although the realities are that it often involves hard work, long working hours (including weekend and evening work) and long periods of being on your feet, so can be physically draining. What jobs does this include? The Hair and Beauty industry covers a wide range of occupations, often allowing you to specialise within your field. Some examples of jobs within the industry would include: Hairdresser/Barber African/Caribbean Hairdressing Wig Maker Beauty Consultant Beauty Therapist Image Consultant Nail Technician Make-Up Artist Special Effects Make-Up (SFX) Theatrical/Film Make-up Tattoo Artist/Body Piercing Hair and Beauty Sales (including retail) What qualifications will I need? This is one of the few industries where recognised training is a standard for almost all positions, with the vast majority of young people starting their career as either a trainee or an apprentice. For example, around two-thirds of hairdressers and around 80% of Beauty Therapists are trained to NVQ2 standard or an equivalent recognised industry qualification. There are often no GCSE requirements to start your training within the industry. Employers By Jodie Mickleburgh searching for potential trainees and apprentices will look for personal qualities such as and Leonie Gordon motivation, good communication skills, artistic flair and the ability to get on with people. As a trainee, you will tend to learn on-the-job, with a day release to a local college. This is particularly true of sectors such as Hairdressing. In some sectors, for example Beauty and Holistic Therapy, you will often have to attend a full or part-time college course prior to being able to practice as a qualified therapist. Your experience is gained within the college on willing participants and classmates. There are also more unusual and growing sectors such as tattooing and body piercing which are extremely competitive, and you will tend to train as an Apprentice with an experienced artist. There is a huge commitment to this training as you will be expected to buy your own equipment at a cost of around £4000 to £5000, and your training can last from two to three years. Careers in Hair and Beauty The Hair and Beauty industry in the UK There are around 250,000 people employed in the Hair and Beauty Industry, although it is difficult to pinpoint which sector they all work in, the annual turnover of the industry and its impact on the UK economy. We know that hairdressing and barbering employs around 180,000 people and has an annual turnover of around £3.8 billion. We also know that Beauty Therapy employs around 35,000 and brings in around £500 million. This means that around 35,000 people are employed in the remaining sectors such as Nail Technicians and Tattooing/Body Art. It is fair to say that the Hair and Beauty Industry is growing significantly. New developments, techniques and products in the industry, along with trend changes and promotion of services in the media have meant that more and more people want more and more services! For example, the celebrity trends for hair extensions, tattoos and ’fake’ tans have increased the demand for trained professionals considerably in these sectors. Also, developments in technologies surrounding Skin Camouflage for example have meant that demand for the covering of scars, birthmarks and tattoos has increased radically, and therefore the number of professionals in these areas is rising. What’s happening in our area? There is very little information available locally on the numbers of people who work in this sector. The closest information would be that there are around 320 establishments listed in Bedfordshire on web directory www.yell.co.uk in Hair and Beauty. These range from Hair Salons and Barbers to Tattooing and Piercing Studios. Based on this information it is easy to see why training opportunities and apprenticeships within the sector are so competitive and scarce. Provision for training in the county is very good however, with many of the major colleges (Barnfield, Bedford and Dunstable Colleges) covering Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy courses Source: www.nomisweb.co.uk from NVQ Levels 1 to 3. And with High Schools and Upper Schools starting to teach Level 1 courses (including Lea Manor High School, Sandy Upper School and Vandyke Upper School), the foundations are there for many young people in Bedfordshire to excel in the industry. **Not Just Jobs for the Girls!** It is a popular misconception that the Hair and Beauty industry just has ‘Jobs for the Girls’. It is true that the industry does employ significantly more female than male employees. However some of the most well-known and famous faces in the sector are male. There are also sectors within the industry which do employ a predominantly male workforce. For example, the majority of Barber Shop workers are male, significantly more Tattoo Artists are male, and many top Special Effects Make-Up artists are male. Top names in the field include: Nicky Clarke (Celebrity Hair Stylist) Howard Berger (Top Special Effects Make-Up Artist, credits include From Dusk Till Dawn 1-3 and The Chronicles of Narnia) Charles Worthington (Celebrity Hair Stylist) Paul Starr (Beauty Make-Up Artist, clients include Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson) Lee Stafford (Celebrity Hair Stylist) Careers in Hair and Beauty Like many salon’s in the Bedfordshire and Luton area, Steven Hilliard Hairdressing (based in Luton and established in 1996) are very pro-active in the training and development of young people in the hairdressing industry. The salon provides a wide range of hair services from cut, colour and styling, to newer trends such as hair extensions and professional straightening. It also caters for a range of budgets so you can have a graduate stylist work on your hair for around half the price of the director of the company. When looking for trainees, the salon tend to take on Saturday Staff who are in Year 11. The salon begin their training at this stage, with a view to them starting full training at Barnfield College when they finish school. This means that trainees tend to have a head start on their peers when they reach College. Trainees receive 3 hours a week practical instruction in the salon after school to prepare them for their course. The salon also offers a wide range of techniques for colouring, cutting and extending, which would allow potential trainees the opportunity to specialise in a certain field. So progressive is the salon when it comes to the training of their staff, that one of their Saturday Staff recently won an award for completing her NVQ Level 1 in Hairdressing whilst still at school! The 15-year-old was presented with the ‘Increased Flexibility Learning Trophy’ from the Bedfordshire Education Business Partnership for her ‘exceptional’ level of skills and commitment to her training and career. For budding Trinny and Susannah’s who wish to change people’s lives (and wardrobes), you may consider a career in Image Consultancy. There are several large Image Consultancy groups in the UK, but Europe’s leading Image Consultancy is called Colour Me Beautiful, which has around 250 consultancies across the UK, three of which are based in Bedfordshire. Colour Me Beautiful was established in 1983 with a vision to help women and men with ‘personal image makeovers’. The service does not just concentrate on clothing alone, but also on personal grooming, make-up, colouring, body shape and personality. It is all about making the client feel confident and teaching them to make the most of themselves. Being a long established brand, Colour Me Beautiful has a comprehensive training programme to arm its Consultants with the skills and tools for the industry. It also enables you to run your own business and work flexible hours to suit your lifestyle. It is worth noting however, that whilst you would have the support that comes with working as part of a multi-national company, as you work for yourself, your success, and ultimately, your earnings will be down to your level of ambition and self-promotion. There is no basic salary—so if you don’t work, you don’t earn. Your income is generated from the fees for your services and sales of Colour Me Beautiful products (such as cosmetics and books), so you need to work hard to build up your reputation and your business in general. Careers in Hair and Beauty Earn While You Learn! What kind of salary can I Apprenticeships are an increasingly popular way expect? to get training and qualifications whilst you are As with most industries, salaries depend greatly earning money. More than 250,000 young people on the kind of job you do and the level at which in England are on an Apprenticeship Scheme. you work. For example, working as a An Apprenticeship involves training on-the-job Hairdresser or Barber, you will tend to start along with learning Key Skills, which will not only on around National Minimum Wage, rising to gain you a Technical Certificate in your chosen between £10,500—£16,000 when you are career, but will also increase your chances of fully-trained. Top stylists can sometimes earn finding a job in that field, as you have been gaining in excess of £30,000 per annum. Beauty experience whilst working for your qualification. Consultants (often working in large salons and department stores) can start at around £9,500 There are many benefits to Apprenticeship per annum, rising to around £13,000. As a training… not least the fact that you are not newly-qualified Beauty Technician, you will accruing debt whilst you study as you are likely to start on around £13,500, and rise to around do if you study for a Degree. It also increases your £16,500 with experience. confidence in working with others at an earlier age and provides you with valuable on-the-job The Connexions Bedfordshire & Luton Salary experience that many of your competitors will not Survey (Jan—Sep 2007) found that the have, thereby making you more employable to average starting salary in this sector tended many companies. to be a training wage of £80 per week. Habia (Hairdressing and Beauty Association of Nail Techni- Industry Authority) cians Oxford House, Sixth Avenue PO Box 226 Sky Business Park Sidcup Robin Hood Airport Kent DA15 0BY Doncaster, DN9 3GG Web: Tel: 08452 306080 Bedford College www.professionalbeauty.co.uk Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Cauldwell Street Web: www.habia.org Bedford, Beds, MK42 9AH British Association of Beauty Tel: 0800 074 0234 Therapy & Cosmetology Barnfield College Email: email@example.com Meteor Court, Barnett Way New Bedford Road Web: www.bedford.ac.uk Barnwood, Gloucester, GL4 3GG Luton, Beds, LU2 7BF Tel: 0845 0659000 Tel: 01582 569600 London Academy of Radio, Web: www.babtac.com Web: www.barnfield.ac.uk Film & TV Hairdressing 1 Lancing Street The Guild of Professional Beauty & Holistic Therapies London, NW1 1NA Beauty Therapists (GPBT) Contact: Sharon Hunt Tel: 0208408 7158 Guild House, 320 Burton Road Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.media-courses.com Derby, DE23 6AF Tel: 0870 000 4242 Dunstable College Freelance Hair & Beauty Web: www.beautyguild.com Kingsway Federation (FHBF) Dunstable, The Business Centre National Association of Screen Beds, Kimpton Road Make-Up Artists & Hairdressers LU5 4AG Luton, Beds 68 Sarsfield Road Tel: 01582 477776 LU2 0LB Perivale Email: email@example.com Tel: 01582 431783 Middlesex, UB6 7AG Web: www.dunstable.ac.uk Web: www.fhbf.org.uk Web: www.nasmah.org.uk Acknowledgements—Information for this factsheet was gathered from the following sources: • www.habia.org (Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority) • www.imdb.com (Internet Movie Database) • www.media-courses.com • www.stevenhilliardhairdressing.co.uk • www.connexions-direct.com/jobs4u • www.yell.com • www.connexions-direct.com/wibeautyandhair • www.tfic.org.uk (Federation of Image Consultants) • Connexions Bedfordshire & Luton Salary Survey (Jul-Dec 2005 • www.cmb.co.uk (Colour Me Beautiful Image Consultants) Factsheet updated in March 2008. 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