Learn about the types of people who become hairdressers. This page goes into detail about the ethnic and gender ratio of the workplace.


Ethnic Minority Mix, 2019

The largest ethnic group of hairdressers are White, making up 72% of the population. The next highest segments are Black or African American and Other, making up 9% and 7% respectively.


Employment Type Mix, 2019

71% of hairdressers work in full-time roles while 29% work part-time.


Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2019

This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming a hairdresser. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.

More women than men are interested in becoming hairdressers at a ratio of 2.77 to 1.


Actual Gender Mix, 2019

93% of hairdressers are female and 7% are male.


Gender Bias, 2019

This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being a hairdresser and the actual gender mix of people in the career.

If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming a hairdresser and those who end up becoming one.

In this case there are more men interested in becoming a hairdresser than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.