When you get your hair cut, coloured or style, there are a few things you want from a hairdresser, aren’t there? You want a hairdresser who has training, who has experience, who has a good haircut themselves so you know what to expect!
What is the difference between learning at home and learning at college?
There are online courses in hairdressing, but they won’t give you the training you need to become a fully adept hairdresser. At home, do you have all the equipment you need? Is there a trained professional guiding you? Are there lots of people volunteering to let you cut their precious hair?
An online course from home will teach you about the health and safety of a salon and about the industry itself, but you need more than that. In the current COVID-19 situation, however, gaining practical skills in a salon is hard to achieve. You need to be a bit more creative when it comes to developing your skills as a hairdresser. You need to make sure you comply with all the rules and regulations before you start practising on models at home. You need to make sure there’s always a professional (hairdressing tutor) guiding you when you carry out the treatment.
To be a hairdresser you need practical skills and experience.
The best way of developing excellent customer service skills is through meeting the general public. To wash a client’s hair and ensure they’re comfortable, you need salon chairs. The only way to learn how to perfectly layer shoulder-length hair is practise and guidance.
Hairdressing is a practical skill that takes human interaction and although you might be able to learn the theory of hairdressing at home, the only way to become a skilled hairdresser is through working in a salon environment.
CPBA offers free employment advice and guidance to their women’s hairdressing learners. We also offer free women’s hairdressing courses and work placements.