Hairstylists and Barbers 


Hairstylists style, cut, curl and perm hair and apply other hair and scalp treatments. Barbers cut and trim hair, and shave and style beards and moustaches. They may also wave or tint hair and provide other hair and scalp treatments.


Work: Suggest hair style compatible with client's physical features or determine style from client's instructions and preferences; Cut, trim, taper, curl, wave, perm and style hair; Apply bleach, tints, dyes or rinses to colour, frost or streak hair; Analyze hair and scalp condition and provide basic treatment or advice on beauty care treatments for scalp and hair; May shampoo and rinse hair; May train or supervise other hairstylists, hairstylist apprentices and helpers. , , Barbers perform some or all of the following duties: , Cut and trim hair according to client's instructions or preferences; Shave and trim beards and moustaches; May shampoo hair and provide other hair treatment, such as waving, straightening and tinting and may also provide scalp conditioning massages; May train and supervise other barbers and barber apprentices.

Title Examples: Barber, Barber Apprentice, Hair Colour Technician, Hairdresser, Hairdresser Apprentice, Hairstylist, Hairstylist Apprentice, Wig Stylist

Useful Secondary School subjects: English, Business, Math, Sciences

Degrees associated with this career: Certificate, Diploma, Post-diploma

Requirements: In general, you must have some high school education. , To be a hairstylist, you usually need a two- to three-year apprenticeship, or a college or other hairstyling program combined with on-the-job training. Certification/licences vary across the country. , To be a barber, you usually need a two-year apprenticeship or other barber training program. On-the-job training may replace formal education. Certification/licences vary across the country. , Interprovincial trade certification (Red Seal) is also available for qualified hairstylists/barbers. , Most recent entrants have a trade/vocational certificate or community college.

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