Think of what people spend their money on. Most of the time it depends on several factors. How much they make, where they live, what they’re interested in and what they’re responsible for. Yet no matter how much you have in the bank, how much you’re working, or how much you’re trying to save, every once in a while almost all of us will have to head into the town and spend some money on getting a haircut.

Even in a low economy, or at a time when people are personally a bit short on cash, people will always need their hair cut, and will even tend to be willing to pay quite a lot to do so, be it out of simple necessity, or something they see as a suitable luxury expenditure. Hairdressers will always be needed, and the job security that comes with this is just one reason why it’s a great career.

For many people that get into it, a career in hairdressing is fulfilling a lifelong ambition which started with a childhood passion; for others, it’s a change of career, based on something they’ve always been interested in, and want to explore further. Having a pre=existing passion like this means that when they do get into the job, they’re in an environment they enjoy and can be creative in – it’s something they’re qualified in, but also genuinely want to be doing. There’s also the added bonus of generally being in a friendly, relaxed environment where people skills are usually paramount – it’s no surprise that hairdressing is considered one of the happiest jobs in the world!

Hairdressing also has the appeal of being an independent business.

There are no real hairdressing franchises. Whereas trying to make it in most high street industries, such as cafes, restaurants or even fashion shops, includes the always difficult challenge of overcoming big name franchises, hairdressing doesn’t. Big international companies can make it hard for local newsagents or independent coffee shops to survive, but hairdressers don’t face such a dominant figure. It’s a career path that encourages independently owned businesses and local success.

Similarly, working in a salon is no longer the only way or place to be a hairdresser. Weddings and major events, and even celebrity clients mean people hire hairdressers to come to different venues and even into their own homes. Celebrity clients add a certain glamour to the profession, but these weddings and big events can also give you flexibility and room for creativity in your working schedule.

The nature of the hairdressing industry, which involves training, apprenticeships and natural learning on the job, means that it’s a profession where people tend to look out for one another and support younger people coming through. No matter how you decide to get into the industry – and local colleges are always a good place to start – you’ll be working with lots of experienced people around you. As such, there are plenty of opportunities for anyone entering the profession, and there’s no shortage of examples on how to make your way in the business.

Finally, as if that’s not enough, as well as people investing in you, there’s also the chance that if things work out for you in hairdressing, you will have the chance to invest in yourself. After all, for many hairdressers, the prospect of opening your own salon or shop is the ultimate goal, meaning that it’s a career that offers plenty of reasons to get into it, and plenty of room for ambition when you do!

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