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The Mawson&Company Guide to Hairdressing

Want to be a hairdresser but don’t know where to start?

Perhaps you are currently taking your GCSE's and thinking about your next step after School, or alternatively perhaps you are looking for a career change? Whatever your background - we have compiled this guide to help explain the different routes into hairdressing and to also provide you with information about our training industry.

The Hairdressing Industry

The common perception of hairdressing is that you work in a salon and the pay is poor. However, the reality can be very different. Fully-trained hairdressers can earn between £14,000 and £20,000 a year, with Top professional hairdressers earning around £30,000 a year or more! *

So, if you are naturally creative and have a passion for fashion, enjoy hair-styling, meeting new and different people, and have a willingness to learn new skills, this could be the perfect job for you!

You can start you career in hairdressing by studying at college or learning on the job in the salon.

  • Route 1: Approaching a training provider directly

You can either train full-time or part-time at a college, or you can also work as a trainee/apprentice, where you would learn on the job and go to college on day release to obtain your hairdressing qualification.

Hairdressing courses are widely available at many local further education colleges to us, so why not check them out for more details on the courses they currently offer:

Once you have enrolled on a course, institutions will typically put you in touch with salons local to you and pair you up with a suitable work based placed placement to support your training.

  • Route 2: Approaching the Salon

If however, you don't know which is the best route for you to go down. Then you can always approach a salon directly. The majority of salons would be happy for you to drop in a CV demonstrating your enthusiasm and passion for the subject, as most salons deem this more important than formal qualifications.

Salon owners would then be happy to take on an appropriate applicant and arrange on-the-job and off-the-job training for you. This is traditionally known as an 'Apprenticeship', and this is what we currently offer here at Mawson&Company. However, we are also happy to accept applicants that may wish to fund their training themselves, on an evening or part-time course, in addition to working with us here in the salon.


A hairdressing apprenticeship combines training towards qualifications at levels 2 and 3 in Hairdressing, while working at the same time. To find out which schemes are available in your area and to find out more, visit the Apprenticeships website or alternatively check out our Career page for our current vacancies.

What we offer?

  • Our apprenticeship scheme offers you four days a week in the salon and one day a week at college to obtain your NVQ Level 2.

  • We have established strong relationships with all the local training providers and colleges.

  • As an apprentice at Mawson&Company you will also be given opportunities to attend training at the AVEDA academy up in London, you will also receive weekly In-salon training with our Aveda Ambassador and In-Salon Educator. We also have a qualified NVQ assessor onsite, so your assessments can take place in the salon as well as at college, which will only support and increase the speed of your learning.

  • We have support from a luxury global haircare brand, which has a strong focus on the importance of education and innovative approaches to learning.

  • You will also have the opportunity to receive 1-1 training, as your training progresses.

What we look for:

  • An individual that is fun and outgoing, who is passionate about becoming a hairdresser and enjoys being part of a creative team, and who is also passionate about delivering great customer service.

  • Someone who is willing to learn and attend training.

  • Strong communication and customer service skills, and someone who is comfortable with advising clients on aftercare and products.

Alternatively, feel free to contact us directly to arrange an informal chat, to discover more about this possible career path or even starting your career with us here at Mawson&Company. We are at present currently recruiting for our next intake of 'Apprentices'.

You can also find more information about hairdressing as a career by visiting these additional resources, which have been used heavily to support this post:

*depending on who you work for and the salon location. These figures are only intended as a guide/benchmark.

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