How to become a Mobile Hairdresser

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: October 2017
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal 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, also hotels and 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 had a predominantly female client base, but are increasingly providing colouring and styling services for men.

Mobile hairdressers often offer bridal packages, and some also specialise in a certain type of styling, such as hair extensions. Many offer discounts on a selection of hairstyling 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 is the voluntary regulator for the hairdressing profession.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading 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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