Hairstylists and barbers (NOC 6341)

High demand occupation

About this job

Hairstylists and barbers cut and style hair and perform related services.

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People in this career work in hairstyling or hairdressing salons, barbershops, vocational schools and health-care organizations or they may  work in theatre, film and television.

Common job titles
  • barber
  • hair stylist, wigs
  • hair-care specialist
  • hairdresser / hair stylist / hairstylist
  • operator, beauty salon
  • technician, hair colour
  • barber
  • hair stylist, wigs
  • hair-care specialist
  • hairdresser / hair stylist / hairstylist
  • operator, beauty salon
  • technician, hair colour

Duties

Hairstylists:

  • suggest hairstyle that suits a 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
  • clean and style wigs and hair pieces
  • apply hair extensions
  • shampoo and rinse hair
  • perform receptionist duties and order supplies
  • judge in competitions
  • train or supervise other hairstylists, hairstylist apprentices and helpers

Barbers:

  • cut and trim hair according to client instructions or preferences
  • shave and trim beards and moustaches
  • shampoo hair and provide other hair treatment, such as waving, straightening and tinting
  • provide scalp conditioning massages
  • book appointments and order supplies
  • train and supervise other barbers and barber apprentices

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work generally takes place in a conventional indoor setting.
  • Work involves contact with water and hair products that may have strong odours.
  • Working with scissors can result in injury.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Red Seal trade certification allows for interprovincial movement.

Additional resources