An expert’s view on the hairdressing industry
Jane McGuire

An expert’s view on the hairdressing industry

How to get into hairdressing

First published date January 27 2016 Amended date January 27 2016

Suffering from the shock of a ‘New Year new me’ crop, hair has very much been the subject of the editorial desk recently. Much to Richard, Henry and Tom’s despair, on this side of the desk we have been talking styles, hair growth supplements and split ends for a few weeks now. However every cloud has a silver lining, and this got us looking back at some of the amazing advice we have on the site. If you dream of getting into the hairdressing industry, we’ve got some tips to help.


The pink products we all turn to

We kick things off with the man behind those bright pink products we all know and love – Mr Lee Stafford. His top tips for getting into the industry? Find a great mentor. ‘Look for someone who is really talented, that has got all the contacts and all the skills, someone you can work closely with and then just learn as much as you can.’ Hard work is never easy, but if you have the passion to succeed, you will stand out from the crowd.

As we got to the end of our chat, we had to ask the question we’ve probably Googled over a thousand times– just how do we make our hair grow? Lee laughs, telling us ‘get your Lee Stafford hair growth. You’ve got to be patient, it’s all about the treatment and getting that scalp in the bet condition you can I promise.’


The royal locks

Who would say no to a chat with Kate Mid’s hairdresser? Certainly not us. With clients such as Elizabeth Hurley and the Duchess of Cambridge herself, Richard Ward is an icon in the hairdressing industry. We asked Richard about the lessons he’d learnt over the years and he quickly told us his most important one was ‘to trust my gut instinct – it rarely fails me and I continually amaze myself that I even question it!’

A hairdresser fit for royalty (literally), we asked Richard what has kept him going in the industry for so long. After a short pause, he explains it’s the diversity – ‘one minute I’m looking at figures, the next I’m doing an appraisal, then I’m telly or a live shoot, or compiling trend predictions’ far more than just cutting hair! How do you get to be a princesses’ hairdresser? ‘Put the hours in, listen, learn, share and grab every opportunity given to you with passion.’


The apprentice

Starting out as an apprentice, Andrew Barton is one man who proves anything is possible with the right training. Over his 25 years in the industry, Andrew has won countless industry awards, been the resident hairdresser on ‘Ten Years Younger’ and stood as an ambassador for the British Hairdressing Fellowship and the British Hairdressing Council.

When we asked Andrew about his apprenticeship, he tells us the most important lesson he learnt was that ‘ok as a standard is not ok at all. If a client says its ok it means they are certainly not telling their friends how good you are.’ Again, Andrew stressed the importance of hard work and passion for those hoping to follow in his footsteps, telling aspiring hairdressers to ‘invest in your training early on and learn as much as you can.’

The thing he loves most about the ever competitive industry? ‘The hairdressing industry employs over 1% of the total UK workforce and is respected throughout the world as the world’s best. There is much passion, creative and knowledge in the industry that constantly evolves and changes.’


If you are ready to take your first steps into the hairdressing industry, why not have a look at the courses available and get practising? Be sure to send us your success stories (and bad hair day photos) – we love hearing from you! 


Jane McGuire

Jane McGuire received her BA (English) from the University of Loughborough. A yoga enthusiast with a sweet tooth, in her spare time you will probably find Jane in the gym or online shopping.