Hairdresser/​Barber
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
2d ago

Pay for hairdressers / barbers varies depending on experience and how many clients they have.

  • Apprentices can expect to start on the training wage.
  • Hairdressers / barbers not signed into a training agreement (an apprenticeship) earn at least the minimum adult wage.
  • Hairdressers / barbers who are qualified and have built up a good client base can earn more than $50,000 a year and often work on a bonus system.
  • Hairdressers / barbers' wages increase as they progress through their training, learn more skills and service more clients.

    Self-employed hairdressers / barbers may earn more depending on the success of their business.

    Employers may also provide incentives to staff, such as commission on retail sales and a percentage of client sales.

    Source : NZ Hair and Beauty Industry Training Organisation Inc (HITO), 2016.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Hairdressers / barbers may do some or all of the following :

  • consult with clients about the style or cut they want
  • cut and blow-wave clients' hair
  • wash and colour hair
  • style hair
  • shave and trim beards and moustaches
  • sell haircare products
  • treat and recommend products for hair and scalp problems
  • clean and sanitise the equipment and the work area
  • help train other hairdressers / barbers
  • run their own businesses.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Hairdressers / barbers need to have :

  • skill in different hairdressing methods, including cutting, styling, perming and colouring techniques
  • knowledge of past and current hairstyles and trends
  • an understanding of hair and skin types, and how they react with different types of chemicals such as colouring products
  • knowledge of health and hygiene regulations
  • creative and artistic skills.
  • Hairdressers / barbers who run their own businesses also need to have bookkeeping and management skills.

    Hairdressers / barbers :

  • usually work on week days and may work one day at the weekend and some evenings
  • usually work in hairdressing salons or barbershops, which can be very busy.
  • Entry requirements

    To become a hairdresser you need to complete an apprenticeship and gain a New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing - Professional Stylist (Level 4).

    To become a barber you need to complete an apprenticeship and gain a New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Barbering (Level 4).

    Secondary education

    NCEA Level 1 is recommended to start a hairdressing apprenticeship. Useful subjects include maths, science, English, art and design.

    Gateway offers a pre-apprenticeship hairdressing or barbering programme for secondary school students. You can gain a range of unit standards, and it is a useful way to get background knowledge of hairdressing.

    Personal requirements

    Hairdressers / barbers need to be :

  • good at communicating and listening
  • friendly and polite
  • organised
  • able to follow instructions
  • accurate, with an eye for detail
  • able to do basic maths.
  • Useful experience

    Experience in hairdressing or work as a hairdresser's / barber's assistant is useful, as is any work involving contact with people.

    Physical requirements

    Hairdressers / barbers need to be reasonably fit and healthy, and able to stand for long periods. They also need to have good hand-

    eye co-ordination and steady hands.

    They should not be allergic to chemicals, although gloves are used for protection.

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