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Hairdressing salon manager

Hairdressing salon managers oversee the day-to-day running of a hairdresser’s or barber’s shop and cut and style hair.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £18,000 to £30,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll need industry experience and a college qualification in hairdressing to become a salon manager.

Previous experience of managing a beauty salon or spa could be helpful.

You could work your way up to management level after completing an advanced apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • excellent customer care skills
  • management and motivation skills
  • good number skills for cash handling and accounts

3. What you'll do

  • You’ll be:  
  • cutting, styling and colouring customers’ hair
  • supervising the salon team
  • setting revenue targets for staff
  • advising customers about products and specialist treatments
  • stock taking and ordering supplies
  • managing salon costs and business accounts
  • recruiting and training apprentices
  • hiring outside services like cleaners
  • attending trade fairs to keep up-to-date with the latest products and trends

4. Salary

Starter: £18,000 to £24,000

Experienced: £25,000 to £30,000

Highly Experienced: £30,000 or more

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work up to 40 hours a week, including Saturdays.

The job can be physically demanding as you’ll be on your feet most of the day.

You’ll be based in a salon, but may travel to visit wholesalers or if you offer mobile hairdressing services.

6. Career path and progression

With training and experience you could branch out to offer related services like beauty or spa therapies.

You could become an area manager for a hairdressing chain or open your own salon. 

You could also go into education as a trainer-assessor, teaching hairdressing students.

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Last updated: 08 December 2016