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Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists Career Video

About This Career

Provides beauty services, such as cutting, coloring, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp. May shampoo hair, apply makeup, dress wigs, remove hair, and provide nail and skincare services.

This career is part of the Human Services cluster Personal Care Services pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Keeps work stations clean and sanitize tools, such as scissors and combs.
  • Bleaches, dyes, or tints hair, using applicator or brush.
  • Cuts, trims and shapes hair or hairpieces, based on customers' instructions, hair type, and facial features, using clippers, scissors, trimmers and razors.
  • Schedules client appointments.
  • Updates and maintains customer information records, such as beauty services provided.
  • Demonstrates and sells hair care products and cosmetics.
  • Analyzes patrons' hair and other physical features to determine and recommend beauty treatment or suggest hair styles.
  • Shampoos, rinses, conditions, and dries hair and scalp or hairpieces with water, liquid soap, or other solutions.
  • Operates cash registers to receive payments from patrons.
  • Orders, displays, and maintains supplies.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Beautician
  • Hair Dresser
  • Hair Stylist — Specializes in dressing hair according to latest style, period, or character portrayal, following instructions of patron.
  • Hairstylist
  • Stylist


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