Hairdressing salon manager

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Hairdressing salon managers oversee the day-to-day running of a hairdresser’s or barber’s shop and cut and style hair.

Salary range: £18,000 to £30,000

How to become a hairdressing salon manager

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly

College

You can complete a college course like a Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

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Apprenticeship

You could work your way up to management level after completing an advanced apprenticeship in hairdressing. Another option is to do a creative hair professional advanced apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Work

You could move into salon management, after getting 1 or 2 years’ experience as a hairdresser.

Direct application

You may be able to apply directly for management jobs, if you’ve got experience of managing a beauty salon or spa.

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Further information

You can find out more about working in hairdressing through the Hair and Beauty Industry Authority.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • administration skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • cutting, styling and colouring customers’ hair
  • supervising the salon team
  • setting revenue targets for staff
  • advising customers about products and specialist treatments
  • stock taking and ordering supplies
  • managing salon costs and business accounts
  • recruiting and training apprentices
  • hiring outside services like cleaners
  • attending trade fairs to keep up-to-date with the latest products and trends

Working environment

You could work in a salon or at a client’s home.

Your working environment may be physically demanding.

Career path and progression

With training and experience you could branch out to offer related services like beauty or spa therapies.

You could become an area manager for a hairdressing chain or open your own salon.

You could also go into education as a trainer-assessor, teaching hairdressing students.

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