Pay for hairdressers / barbers varies depending on experience and how many clients they have.
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 :
Skills and knowledge
Hairdressers / barbers need to have :
Hairdressers / barbers who run their own businesses also need to have bookkeeping and management skills.
Hairdressers / barbers :
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).
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.
Hairdressers / barbers need to be :
Experience in hairdressing or work as a hairdresser's / barber's assistant is useful, as is any work involving contact with people.
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.