We surveyed 5,661 hairdressers to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical hairdresser. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a hairdresser?

Low

High

Working as a hairdresser typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a hairdresser?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a hairdresser typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a hairdresser?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically not very difficult to find a job as a hairdresser. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for hairdressers.

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Do hairdressers work full-time or part-time?

70% of hairdressers work in full-time roles while 30% work part-time.

Is being a hairdresser stressful?

Low

High

Stress is very commonplace for hairdressers, contributing negatively towards career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as a hairdresser?

Low

High

Some level of organization is generally required to be a hairdresser.

How competitive is the workplace for hairdressers?

Low

High

Hairdressers tend to see lots of competition in the workplace, with desire to get ahead of co-workers being common.

Does being a hairdresser require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Hairdressers will see frequent time pressure on the job, likely contributing to an occasionally stressful work environment.

Are hairdressers allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Creativity is intrinsic to being a hairdresser, and a highly valuable part of the career.

Do hairdressers have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Hairdressers have high flexibility in the direction of their work, allowing them a lot of freedom in how they accomplish their goals.

Is being a hairdresser physically demanding?

Low

High

Being a hairdresser requires significant physical work, and is not a career for those unable to perform continuous and/or strenuous physical activity.

Are hairdressers exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

The workload of a hairdresser changes frequently, with their day-to-day rarely being the same.

Does being a hairdresser require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail is a vital skill for hairdressers, as small mistakes can make or break one's ability to succeed in the career.

Does being a good hairdresser require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Strong compassion and empathy are critical to success as a hairdresser.