A hairstyle is often the hallmark of a person. For some it remains unchanged for years, for others, it is an indicator of changes in their personal life. Some people try to cut and style their hair themselves, but the vast majority go to a hairdresser.
A hairdresser can work in a variety of settings: in a larger or smaller salon, at their point or a client's home, sometimes in production companies, in the theatre, on a film set, as well as in wig companies or the development of hair care products.
Some hairdressers specialise in men's hairdressing, women's hairdressing or colouring. However, they all share the same competencies: communication skills, excellent manual dexterity, precision, repetitive movements, good workplace organisation, ability to analyse the condition and type of hair. The hairdresser must also be familiar with current fashion trends and innovations in technology or cutting techniques. The hairdresser should also advise on what hair care products the client should use daily. Occupational health and safety are crucial, and failure to comply with the rules can be a health risk for clients.