Hairdresser/Barber Kaikutikuti Makawe

Hairdressers/barbers cut, colour and style hair. Barbers also shave and trim hair, moustaches and beards.

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Qualified hairdressers/barbers can join the New Zealand Association of Registered Hairdressers. 

Hairdressers/barbers may do some or all of the following:

  • consult with clients about the style and cut they want
  • wash, cut, colour, style and blow-wave hair
  • shave and trim beards and moustaches
  • sell haircare products and products for hair and scalp problems
  • clean and sanitise equipment and their work area
  • promote their services on social media 
  • run their own business.

Physical Requirements

Hairdressers/barbers need to be reasonably fit and healthy and able to stand for long periods. They also need to have good hand-eye co-ordination and steady hands. Also, they should not be allergic to chemicals.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for hairdressers/barbers includes:

  • work as a hairdresser's/barber's assistant
  • sales or other work involving contact with people.

Personal Qualities

Hairdressers/barbers need to be:

  • good at communicating and listening
  • friendly and polite
  • organised
  • able to follow instructions
  • accurate, with an eye for detail.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for hairdressers/barbers includes:

  • work as a hairdresser's/barber's assistant
  • sales or other work involving contact with people.

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a hairdresser/barber. However, maths, science, English, visual arts, and design and visual communication (graphics) are useful. 

For Year 11 to 13 learners, trades academies and the STAR and Gateway programmes are good ways to gain relevant experience and skills.

These programmes may help you gain an apprenticeship, but do not reduce the amount of time it takes to complete it.

Hairdresser/Barbers can earn around $39K-$65K per year per year.

Hairdressers/barbers may progress to set up their own hairdressing/barbering business or move into management, training or education roles.

Hairdresser/Barber

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