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Hairdressing salon manager

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Hairdressing salon managers oversee the day-to-day running of a hairdresser's or barber's shop and cut and style hair.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter


£30,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends managing your own hours

How to become

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How to become a hairdressing salon manager

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly


You can complete a college course like a Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

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Apprenticeships relevant to this role include:

  • Level 2 Hair professional
  • Level 3 Advanced and creative hair professional

With salon experience and hairdressing qualifications, you could work towards management positions.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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You could move into salon management, after getting 1 or 2 years' experience as a hairdresser.

Direct Application

You may be able to apply directly for management jobs, if you've got experience of managing a beauty salon or spa.

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Further information

You can find out more about working in hairdressing through the Hair and Beauty Industry Authority.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • the ability to motivate and manage staff
  • the ability to work well with others
  • business management skills
  • administration skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You could:

  • cut, style and colour customers’ hair
  • supervise the salon team
  • set revenue targets for staff
  • advise customers about products and specialist treatments
  • stock take, deal with sales representatives and order supplies
  • manage salon costs and business accounts
  • recruit and train apprentices
  • hire outside services like cleaners
  • attend trade fairs to keep up-to-date with the latest products and trends

Working environment

You could work in a salon or at a client's home.

Your working environment may be physically demanding.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With training and experience you could branch out to offer related services like beauty or spa therapies.

You could become an area manager for a hairdressing chain or open your own salon.

You could also go into education as a trainer-assessor, teaching hairdressing students.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Hairdressing Apprentice

  • Wage: £160.95 Weekly
  • Location: Standish

Courses In England


  • Start date: 06 September 2021
  • Location: Waterlooville

Hairdressing Certificate

  • Start date: 01 September 2021
  • Location: Newport

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