How long does it take to train to be a hairdresser?

It can take anywhere between 6 months and 2 years to train as a hairdresser in the UK. There are different paths that you can go down to get into the hairdressing industry. At Omni, this can be done with privately funded courses or apprenticeships.

With our private Level 2 Hairdressing course you can become a fully qualified women’s hairdresser in just 6 months! During this time, you will learn everything from different cutting styles and techniques, a range of colouring skills and prepping and styling the hair.

What qualifications do you need to be a hairdresser?

To become a hairdresser in the UK you will need, as a minimum, a Level 2 Qualification. Our VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Women’s Hairdressing gives you all the skills and knowledge you need to start working in salons, or as an independent hairdresser. The skills you are taught are also buildable with further training to specialise, or through experience and time working these skills will naturally deepen.

How much is a hairdressing course?

Our VTCT Level 2 Hairdressing costs £2,622 (Including VAT and Exam fees).

You are required to buy your own hairdressing kit, which is yours to keep and use at home for practise or when you start working. This makes it a great investment into your future. This costs £162.50.

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Is it difficult to get employed once you have the hairdressing qualification?

Once you have gained the Level 2 Qualification you will be able to work in a salon or freelance and can gain the relevant insurance with any insurance provider.

There are many different career paths that you can choose to go down depending on what your goals are. Working within salons will give you great experience and a team of colleagues to continue to learn from. Equally, working as a freelance hairdresser this gives you the freedom and flexibility to become your own boss! You could choose to work from your own home or in a garden studio for example. You could also work as a mobile hairdresser travelling to clients’ houses. Working for yourself can keep your overheads lower, allowing you to price your services more competitively. 

Should I specialise in a certain area?

Once you have the starting qualification, there is the opportunity to specialise in specific areas, such as colouring or cutting. This will most likely be something that would be done further on into someone’s career, once they have built experience and discovered what they enjoy most and find they are best at.

You can develop your skills with additional training with specific brands to learn different techniques and products which will also allow you to hone your specialisms and help you stand out against your competition.

The next start date for our Level 2 Hairdressing Course is September 26th, 2023. There are still a few places remaining and plenty of time left to get booked on. Give us a call on 01932 232322 to find out more.