Hairstylists shampoo, cut, style and chemically treat hair. They may also provide services such as scalp treatments, hair addition applications and barbering techniques. Hairstylists may work in hair salons, spas, barber shops, schools, hair replacement clinics, health care establishments, hotels, and in the tourism, fashion and entertainment industries. Some hairstylists specialize in areas such as cutting, hair additions, chemical services and gender-spectrum services. In addition, diversity across Canada may require further specialization in ethnic specific services.

National Occupational Classification (NOC): 63210

Designation Year: 1986

Designated Red Seal in: AB, BC, MB, NB, NL, NS, NT, NU, ON, PE, QC, SK, YT

Trade title: Hairstylist, in AB, BC, MB, NB, NL, NS, NT, NU, ON, PE, QC, SK, YT

Other titles used in provinces/territories: N/A

Red Seal Occupational Standard (RSOS)

View the most recent standard. This is the complete description of the activities of the Hairstylist trade. It is used as the basis for the Red Seal exams for this trade.

Essential Skills

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Job Market Reports

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Sample Questions

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Exam Information

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Ellis Chart

Consult the Ellis Chart for a full breakdown of apprenticeship data from across Canada for the trade of Hairstylist.