63210 – Hairstylists and barbers



63210 – Hairstylists and barbers
Hairstylists and barbers cut and style hair and perform related services. They are employed in hairstyling or hairdressing salons, barber shops, vocational schools, health care establishments and theatre, film and television establishments. Apprentices are also included in this unit group.

Index of titles
Barber apprentice
Beauty salon operator
Hair colour technician
Hair dyer
Hair-care specialist
Hairdresser apprentice
Hairstyling specialist
Hairstylist apprentice
Men's hairdresser
Wig stylist


Main duties
This group performs some or all of the following duties:

Suggest hairstyle compatible with client's physical features or determine style from client's instructions and preferences
Cut, trim, taper, curl, wave, perm and style hair
Apply bleach, tints, dyes or rinses to colour, frost or streak hair
Analyze hair and scalp condition and provide basic treatment or advice on beauty care treatments for scalp and hair
Clean and style wigs and hair pieces
Apply hair extensions
May shampoo and rinse hair
May perform receptionist duties and order supplies
May train or supervise other hairstylists, hairstylist apprentices and helpers.

Cut and trim hair according to client's instructions or preferences
Shave and trim beards and moustaches
May shampoo hair and provide other hair treatment, such as waving, straightening and tinting and may also provide scalp conditioning massages
May book appointments and order supplies
May train and supervise other barbers and barber apprentices.


Employment requirements
Trade certification for barbers is compulsory in Ontario and available, but voluntary, in the Yukon.
Completion of secondary school education is required.
Several years of experience may replace formal education and training.
Employers may require applicants to provide a hairstyling demonstration before being hired.
Red Seal endorsement is also available to barbers, as qualified hairstylists, upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.
Completion of a seven-month to one-year apprenticeship or other barber program is usually required.
On-the-job training may be substituted for formal education.
Completion of a one- or two-year hairstyling apprenticeship program or completion of a college or other program in hairstyling combined with on-the-job training is usually required.
Trade certification for hairstylists is compulsory in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta, and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, British Columbia, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified hairstylists upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.
Completion of secondary school education is required.
In New Brunswick, licensing by the Cosmetology Association of New Brunswick is mandatory to use the titles “Hairstylist” or “hairdresser”.


Additional information
The Red Seal endorsement allows for interprovincial mobility.


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