Duties and Responsibilities of a Hairdresser

Updated on April 2, 2018

Position Overview

Hairdressers use a variety of techniques to provide their clients with the desired color, texture and style. They work at salons and spas where they offer a range of other skin and hair related services such as wig fitting and hair extensions.

One of the major roles of a hairdresser is to cut and trim clients’ hair so that they fit their face structures properly. They confer with clients to determine what their hairdressing needs are. They also counsel clients on how they should groom their hair and even provide hairstyling tips that they can follow at home.

Typically, hairdressers perform routine tasks such as shampooing, drying and setting up stations during the initial part of their training. Training is usually provided on the job, and once the training is over, a hairdresser is required to work directly with clients. Another major part of a hairdresser’s work is to operate the cash register so that payment can be managed for rendered services. While many salons do have dedicated receptionists or cashiers who do this job, it is still essential to possess the knowledge of handling cash and managing simple accounting work.


Most states in the US require hairdressers to be certified in the state that they intend to work in and to have attended a state-approved cosmetology program.

Duties and Responsibilities of a Hairdresser

• Greet clients and speak to them about their specific reasons for coming into a salon
• Comprehend each client’s individual demands regarding hair and skins problems and attempt to devise solutions for them
• Advise clients about what they need in terms of hairstyling and skincare solutions
• Mix the appropriate amount of hair coloring or bleaching chemicals by following safe practices
• Perform coloring, perming, straightening, cutting, trimming and styling activities
• Shampoo and dry hair before or after treatment and style it using brushes, hair irons, and combs
• Block, shape and trim wigs and extensions according to each client’s specific instructions
• Style clients’ hair in accordance with the event that they need to attend
• Take telephone calls and schedule appointments
• Provide clients with hair treatments such as oiling, masking, and mudding
• Advise clients about what skin or hair care treatments they can employ at home to achieve good results
• Provide clients with information on skin and hair problems and advise them of possible solutions or refer them to a cosmetologist
• Take payments for services rendered and handle light bookkeeping duties