Skip to main content
 
 

Hairdressing

A hairdresser generally works in the commercial sector, offering a range of services and treatments to the hair for individual clients. There is a direct relationship between the nature and quality of the service required, and the payment made by the client. Therefore the hairdresser has a continuing responsibility to work professionally and interactively with the client in order to give satisfaction and thus maintain and grow the business. Hairdressing is closely associated with other parts of the service sector, and with the many products that support it, normally for commercial purposes.

Hairdressing also has an important therapeutic role in supporting individuals’ self- esteem and confidence. It also helps to relieve the effects of illness, and can aid recovery.

The hairdresser works in diverse environments including large, medium, small, or mobile salons, client homes and in product companies and training institution, film and television productions, theatre, wig work, hair replacement, technicians, session stylists and product research and design. He or she may offer a wide range of services, including cutting, colouring, styling, chemical reformation and special hair treatments. Alternatively, the hairdresser may specialize, for example by becoming either a men’s or ladies’ hairdresser, or a colourist. Irrespective of this, work organization and management, communication and client care, the ability to analyse hair types and conditions, and to work safely and to manufacturers’ instructions, are the universal attributes of the outstanding hairdresser. In a mobile labour market, the hairdresser may work in teams, or alone, or in both from time to time. Whatever the structure of the work, the trained and experienced hairdresser takes on a high level of personal responsibility and autonomy. From safeguarding the health and wellbeing of the client through scrupulous attention to safe working, to achieving exceptional effects for special occasions, every treatment matters and mistakes are largely irreversible.

With the globalization of visual imagery, the worldwide market in hair and beauty products, and the international mobility of people, the hairdresser faces rapidly expanding opportunities and challenges. For the talented hairdresser there are many commercial and international opportunities; however, these carry with them the need to understand and work with diverse cultures, trends and hair types. The diversity of skills associated with hairdressing is therefore likely to expand, with the WorldSkills Competition reflecting the skills and attributes of the most outward looking and talented entrants to the sector.


Standards Specification

The WorldSkills Standards Specification specifies the knowledge, understanding and specific skills that underpin international best practice in technical and vocational performance. It should reflect a shared global understanding of what the associated work role(s) or occupation(s) represent for industry and business.

WSC2017_WSSS29_Hairdressing.pdf


Recent medals

WorldSkills São Paulo 2015

Gold
Feng Nie
China


Silver
Justine GAUBERT
France


Bronze
Su Gyeong Kim
Korea


Bronze
Airul Firham Che Amran
Malaysia


Bronze
WEN-TI YANG
Chinese Taipei


WorldSkills Leipzig 2013

Gold
Antoine KOEHLER
France


Silver
Yixue Hu
China


Bronze
Jin Hee Kweon
Korea


WorldSkills London 2011

Gold
Caroline SCHMITT
France


Silver
Won Jeong Lee
Korea


Bronze
Alexis Scott
Australia


Bronze
Kerttu Johansson
Finland


Latest photos

View all Hairdressing photos on Flickr.

WSC2015_Skill29_BB-3191

WSC2015_Skill29_BB-3177

WSC2015_Skill29_BB-3170

WSC2015_Skill29_VF_202

WSC2015_ClosingCeremony_MM-7611

WSC2015_ClosingCeremony_MM-7613

WSC2015_Skill29_BB-3190

WSC2015_Skill29_BB-3188

WSC2015_Skill29_BB-3186

WSC2015_Skill29_BB-3184

WSC2015_Skill29_BB-3179

WSC2015_Skill29_BB-3182

WSC2015_Skill29_BB-3174

WSC2015_Skill29_BB-3167

WSC2015_Skill29_BB-3166

WSC2015_Skill29_VF_166

WSC2015_Skill29_VF_105

WSC2015_Skill29_VF_123

WSC2015_Skill29_VF_118

WSC2015_Skill29_VF_213

WSC2015_Skill29_VF_211

WSC2015_Skill29_VF_209

WSC2015_Skill29_VF_204

WSC2015_Skill29_VF_207

WSC2015_Skill29_VF_200

WSC2015_Skill29_VF_198

WSC2015_Skill29_VF_196

WSC2015_Skill29_VF_193

WSC2015_Skill29_VF_191

WSC2015_Skill29_VF_189

Latest videos