What does a Hairstylist (332A) do?

Hairstylists shampoo, cut, perm, shave, and style hair. With appropriate training, they also perform more complex tasks incuding colouring/frosting hair, weaving, and adding hair extensions.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Using and maintaining a variety of tools including scissors, razors, and combs
  • Working with personal tastes and fashion trends to design hairstyles that will please customers
  • Using a variety of hair care beauty products to best achieve a particular style or look
  • Training or supervising other hairstylists, hairdressers, and assistants
  • Ordering supplies, keeping records and accounts, and other administrative tasks

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Secondary school diploma, followed by 2-3 year apprenticeship program or college hairstyling program with on-the-job training
  • Apprenticeship is 3,020 on-the-job hours plus two 8-week in-school sessions
  • Graduates of 1,500-hour college program must complete 2,000 hours of on-the-job training
  • Exam to obtain Certificate of Qualification

What's Your Future as a Hairstylist (332A)?

  • Steady demand for hairstylists; most work full-time but many work part-time
  • May be employed by hair salon; some salons rent chairs to self-employed stylists
  • Need good physical stamina to be on feet all day; exposed to variety of chemicals
  • Employers include barber and beauty salons, hotels, hospitals, prisons, and private clubs

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified stylists earn an average of $17.19-$29.63 per hour; those with large clientele can earn significantly more.


Hairstylist (332A)

Ask Yourself: Yes No
Do you have good hand-eye coordination? Are you a creative person?
Are you comfortable working with measurements, ratios, and performing calculations?
Are you detail-oriented? Do you consider yourself a perfectionist?
Are you able to follow Health & Safety guidelines? Are you comfortable standing or sitting for long periods of time?
Are you comfortable working with chemicals?
Do you have excellent reading, writing, and communication skills?
Are you reliable, a self-starter and able to work with minimal supervision?

If you checked YES to the majority of these questions, a career as a Hairstylist (332A) may be for you!

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  • Aesthetician
  • Salon and Spa Attendant
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  • Horticultural Technician
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