How to become a Mobile Hairdresser

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: August 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

Mobile hairdressers provide services such as cutting, colouring, perming, blow-drying and styling and other hair treatments, usually at their clients' homes. This includes residential care homes and sheltered housing complexes, at hotels and in health spas. Others rent a chair on an occasional basis by the day or part-day, for example in beauty or hairdressing salons.

Some hairdressers also provide specialist treatments, such as chemical straightening (also known as relaxing), and wig cutting. Traditionally, hairdressers have served a predominantly female client base, but are increasingly providing colouring and styling services for men.

Mobile 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 hair extensions, and many offer packages and discounts on a selection of hair styling services for the bride/groom, 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 a mobile 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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