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How To Become A Hairdresser

Leaving the comfort and security of high school and venturing out into the big, wide world can be a frightening time. You don’t know what you want to do, who you want to become, or what career will entice you to be the success you know you’re born to be.

Hairdressing allows you to express your creativity, work with like-minded people, and advance your career in many ways. If you haven’t yet looked at hairdressing courses, and you’re unsure how to become a hairdresser, then read on.

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Step 1: Assess yourself – why do you think Hairdressing might be for you?

Choosing a career path is not a decision that should be made lightly, which is why it’s a good idea to think long and hard about what you want and how you hope to achieve it. Decide what it is that attracted you to hairdressing as a career choice. Have you become the designated hairstylist amongst your friends? Are you creative? Has someone you know completed a hairdressing course or are in the industry? If you’re continuously experimenting with new hairstyles, then you might have a natural affinity for hair.

Servilles Academy’s hairdressing courses could be more of a natural next step than you first thought. Like with any decision, it’s important to do some research. Explore what will be covered within the programmes to get a gauge if it’s for you. If you like what you see, book in for a free tour of the academy below or contact our recruitment team on 0800 SERVILLES or 09 308 0690.

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Step 2: Enrol in the Salon Support (Level 3) programme

While you might be keen to jump into hairdressing and learn everything there is to know at once there is still a way to go. After deciding to study hairdressing, you have to start with the basics. We offer the New Zealand Certificate in Salon Support (Level 3), which covers the very foundations of a lifelong career in hairdressing.

Our 34-week Salon Support course content includes; hairdressing theory, current and past fashion trends and product knowledge. This programme also covers colouring and highlighting, long hair styling, shampooing, blow waving, as well as health and safety, salon systems and client care. Servilles’ point of difference is the 4-week module dedicated to scissor cutting during the first 12 weeks, enabling your cutting skills to progress for the course duration.

The Level 3 qualification is both a stepping stone into hairdressing and a taste of what’s to come. You can then prepare for the next hairdressing course available or broaden your skillset by delving into barbering or makeup. In addition to our hairdressing programmes, we offer the NZ Certificate in Barber Skills (Level 3), the NZ Certificate in Makeup and Skincare (Level 3) and the NZ Certificate in Makeup Artistry (Level 4).

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Step 3: Begin the Emerging Stylist (Level 4) programme

Upon completion of the Salon Support certificate (whether that be at Servilles Academy or another provider), you may find yourself chomping at the bit to move onto the next stage. Why stop at Level 3? Our Level 4 Emerging Stylist course is for students who have previously completed Salon Support and are ready develop their skills further.

In this 34-week programme, which runs from Tuesday to Friday, students will learn about consultations, advanced cutting techniques, wet and dry styling, hair for fashion and editorial, and advanced chemical services. You’ll have the chance to get creative with a variety of cuts and colours, plus learn about salon operations, such as Salon Performance Indicators.

In addition to in-class learning and external events, during your training you’ll get to partake in our Workbase programme. This enables students to work within salons across Auckland to really immerse themselves in the salon life, furthering preparing for employment in the hairdressing industry.

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Step 4: Enter the real world of Hairdressing

The hard work is done and now it’s time to turn your training and passion into a career. Create a fabulous CV, where your hairdressing training and opportunities from Servilles Academy will to stand out from the crowd. You now have the chance to join a salon team you love and trust, start your own salon or explore the different areas where you can put your abilities to use. The world is your oyster!

Think hairdressing is a pathway for you? Apply now for our upcoming Salon Support programme! If you’ve completed the level 3 programme, enrol now for our next Emerging Stylist intake. Book your free tour of the academy below or give us a call on 0800 SERVILLES or 09 308 0690 to find out more.