How to become a Afro-Caribbean Hairdresser

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: September 2015
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • What are the main trading issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Afro-Caribbean hairdressers provide a range of specialist hair services for afro hair, including cutting, styling, colouring and blow drying for both men and women. They also offer specialist techniques and treatments, including services such as relaxing, braiding, cornrows, dreadlocks, twists, plaits, weave extensions and lace wigs.

Afro-Caribbean hairdressers usually provide their services on a mobile basis at their clients' homes. Others rent a chair on an occasional basis by the day or part-day, for example in beauty or hairdressing salons.

Afro-Caribbean hairdressers often offer bridal packages, which include additional beauty treatments such as manicures, pedicures and facials. Some also specialise in a certain type of styling, such as weave extensions, and many also offer packages and discounts on a selection of hair styling services for hen parties and birthday pamper packages.

Hairdressing is not subject to statutory regulation. However, individual hairdressers must meet minimum qualification requirements needed for registration as a State Registered Hairdresser with the Hair Council. The Council was set up under the Hairdressers (Registration) Act 1964, which applies in England, Wales and Scotland and provides for the voluntary regulation of the hairdressing profession.

This profile provides information about starting up as an Afro-Caribbean hairdresser. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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