Hairstylist

WHAT YOU DO

Were you the first of your friends to rock ombre locks or the first guy in school to reclaim the side part? If you follow fashion trends closely, love experimenting with new hairstyles and colours, and absolutely refuse to leave the house when you’re having a bad hair day, maybe a career in hair is for you.

As a Hairstylist, also referred to as a cosmetologist, you need to be friendly and fast on your feet as you whisk clients from station to station wielding sharp scissors and razors. Hairstylists are the ultimate multitaskers. With a comb in one hand and a pair of scissors in the other, they’ll snip your hair into shape—all while keeping one eye on the next client, their mind on the conversation and a smile on their face.

Program details


WHAT YOU LEARN

  • How to cut, trim, perm, straighten and style hair
  • How to colour hair, including bleaching, tinting, dying and streaking
  • How to apply hair extensions
  • How to analyze a client’s hair and scalp and recommend treatments and care
  • How to recommend hairstyles and colours that suit a client’s features and preferences

WHO YOU WORK FOR

As a Hairstylist, you could work in a salon or barbershop, start your own business, or apply your skills on the set of a TV show, movie or theatre production.

Types of Workplaces

  • Salons and Spas
  • Barber Shops
  • Self Employed

WHO YOU’LL WORK WITH

When you need a confidence boost or a bit of relaxation we often head to a salon. Hairstylists (Cosmetologists) are the ones we trust with our hair and and nails. You will be paired with an experienced Hairstylist who will show you how to cleanse, cut, trim, wave or dress your hair to impress.

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Artisans are

ATTENTIVE, CREATIVE, EXPRESSIVE, INVENTIVE, PRECISE

Critical Skills

  • Hygiene, sanitation and disinfection
  • Use and maintenance of tools and equipment
  • Client Service and business management
  • Hair cutting, styling and colouring
  • Chemical waving and relaxing of hair

Earn

$11K - $33K annually
$10.25 - $23.00 hourly

Work

  • 20-40
  • hours per week
    weekdays and weekends

A day in the life of a trade apprentice

An Artisan's Story

Shanna Shirey, 20

Baker

Terrace, BC

How to get started

ITA Youth Trade Programs let you get started in a trade while you’re still in high school. That means you could be working in your field, learning from experts and earning a paycheque — all before you graduate.