Hairdresser/Barber Kaikutikuti Makawe
Hairdressers/barbers cut, colour and style hair. Barbers also shave and trim hair, moustaches and beards.
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.
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 for hairdressers/barbers includes:
- work as a hairdresser's/barber's assistant
- sales or other work involving contact with people.
Hairdressers/barbers need to be:
- good at communicating and listening
- friendly and polite
- able to follow instructions
- accurate, with an eye for detail.
Hairdressers/barbers need to have:
- skill in different hairdressing and barbering methods, including cutting, styling, perming and colouring
- knowledge of current hair and barbering trends
- knowledge of hair and skin types, and how they react to chemicals such as colouring products
- knowledge of health and hygiene regulations
- creative and artistic skills
- basic maths skills.
Hairdressers/barbers who run their own businesses also need bookkeeping and management skills.
- usually work on week days, at least one weekend day, and some evenings
- work in hairdressing salons or barbershops, which can be very busy
- work with equipment that can cause cuts or burns.
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.
Hairdressers/barbers may progress to set up their own hairdressing/barbering business or move into management, training or education roles.
Years Of Training2-4 years of training usually required.
There are no specific requirements to become a hairdresser/barber. However, employers usually prefer people with either:
- New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing - Professional Stylist (Level 4)
- New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Barbering (Level 4).
You can gain a hairdresser/barber qualification by:
- completing an apprenticeship, which the New Zealand Hair and Beauty Industry Training Organisation (HITO) oversees
- applying to have your hairdressing experience recognised by HITO through the Qualification by Experience (QbyE) programme.