Make others feel better about themselves

Working in the hair and beauty industry provides a real opportunity to touch the lives of the people you work with. Looking and feeling good is a great motivator in life. The social aspect of hair and beauty is another great reason to enter the industry as you will meet many people each day, and working in a team environment can be a lot of fun.

Hair, beauty and nail therapy are diverse professions that can take you virtually anywhere and you could find yourself working in some unusual locations besides a high street salon. Many hairdressers and beauty therapists operate as self-employed freelancers, running their own businesses and visiting clients in their own homes; others find themselves working in spas, health farms, holiday resorts, film and TV sets and even the theatre. Some airlines offer in-flight hair and beauty treatments and most cruise liners will have a hair and beauty salon on board.

Hairdressing services are also required in prisons and on military bases, and both hairdressers and beauty therapists are required in hospitals and care homes to work with people who may be very ill, especially those who are losing their hair through cancer treatment or who need make-up to cover scars, burns and other injuries. You could go on to work in sales, marketing, public relations and photography, or choose to concentrate on the business aspects of running a salon rather than performing treatments.

The apprenticeships in this sector offer routes into hairdressing, beauty therapy and nail services.

The Apprenticeship Guide sector head

Advanced and creative hair professional

Deliver hair fashion-forward trends, using creativity, individual flair, imagination and interpretation Advanced and creative hair professionals provide a quality service, while working to the highest standards and continuously developing personal

Advanced beauty therapist

Provide, design and implement bespoke treatment plans to clients An advanced beauty therapist can be employed within the beauty industry, travel, leisure and health sectors, in a variety of salons,

Beauty and make-up consultant

Demonstrate, promote and recommend the use, benefits and application of a range of retail beauty products A beauty and make-up consultant works in a department store or other retail environment.

Beauty therapist

Complete treatments as a key part of a beauty business Beauty therapy is one of the largest, trusted, professional and continually expanding industries within hair and beauty. The work environment

Hair professional

Provide hair cutting, styling and grooming services for men and women The hair professional apprenticeship covers the distinctly different roles of hairdresser and barber. As an apprentice hairdresser, you’ll train

Nail services technician

Offer a range of services for clients’ nails A nail services technician offers a range of services for clients’ nails. In this role, you’ll work independently or as part of