Hairdressing has changed a lot in the past 10 years. Gone are the days when you spent all day in the salon cutting hair. In 2023 it’s a hugely exciting and rewarding career, where you can own your own business, go independent as a freelancer, work in fashion as a session stylist, specialise in colour or education or work alongside other creatives in TV, film, music and theatre. Or all of the above!
People wrongly assume that hairdressing is a low-pay career. That, too, has changed. Not only do UK consumers spend a staggering £5.5bn* in UK salons and barber shops annually, a swing towards self-employment has meant many stylists are now building their own brands, juggling clients with creative projects and landing lucrative roles as brand ambassadors in their own right – a six-figure salary by the age of 30 is not uncommon.
Hairdressing has shown 45% growth in the past five years*
Hair salons have a better five-year survival rate than most other high street businesses**
*National Hair & Beauty Federation
**Office for National Statistics
We created our Not ‘Just’ A Hairdresser campaign to allow you to step inside the hairdressing industry, meet some of the people, hear about the different jobs they do and see the places they work. We think you’ll be surprised. Take a look…
Session stylists are hairdressers that work on photoshoots, which could be for a magazine story, brand or advertising campaign, on set for TV, film and stage, backstage at fashion shows and with high-profile names for red carpet appearances, press junkets and music videos. Join session stylist and Afro hair specialist, Michelle Sultan, as she gives a glimpse into life working on set.