Are the hairdressing professions still in the wind?

Are the hairdressing professions still in the wind?

Brushing, sweeping, highlights, colors, bob cuts and shampoo, the hairdressers and hairdressers of France are above all hair professionals. Aesthetic and hygienic treatments that require expertise and a dose of creativity, always at the service of customers. Despite certain preconceived ideas, the profession is far from being a siding. Overview.

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The figures leave little room for doubt: hairdressing occupies second place on the podium of French craftsmanship, with 98,000 establishments, 178,000 workers, including 109,000 employees (work-study students included) and 17,700 apprentices. Even if the profession suffered during the health crisis, it is clear that it continues to generate vocations.

Scissors or scalpel?

If it has existed since Antiquity, hairdressing had to wait for Louis XIV to exist “officially”, after the Sun King had separated the corporation of barber-surgeons! Yes, you read that right… From 1691, the barber abandoned the scalpel for steamer and wigmaker missions. A few centuries later, at the end of the 19th century, the first hairdressing salons were born, initially reserved for men. Today, the hairdresser and the hairdresser remain essential professionals in our daily life… Much more than simply cutting hair and performing treatments, they contribute to the beauty and well-being of everyone, sometimes even embodying real “shrinks”. Proximity. Skillful with their hands, rigorous, creative and empathetic, these craftsmen must also have a developed sense of shapes, colors and harmony. Standing hours, they often work late, on weekends and during holidays. Hat !

A shaky future?

As long as there is hair, hairdressers and hairdressers will be useful. Moreover, the profession continues to hire with a vengeance… Not without certain developments, specific to our time, such as a notable transition from salaried employment to micro-entrepreneurship (more than 26,000 micro-entrepreneurs in France). A choice often applied after having studied in a traditional salon and having gone through the different levels of qualifications and specializations (assistant, colorist, permanentist, etc.). Among the changes in the profession? Since 2016, the re-emergence of the barber, with a 26% jump in the number of salons for men. A return that is no stranger to hipster fashion! At the same time, home hairdressing has exploded over the past twenty years and now accounts for 25% of activity in the sector.

Without tearing your hair out

Does this handicraft appeal to you? Do you like human contact? Do you have an attraction for aesthetics, personal care and a certain taste for fashion? Besides, you don’t have a hair in your hand? Be certain: you can flourish as a hairdresser or hairdresser. First choose your training, from CAP to bac +2 (master’s certificate, BTS in hairdressing, etc.). Then take the time to learn on the job and gain experience, before perhaps opening your own salon. But there are many paths… Why not one day specialize in the artistic world, as a wig maker, hairstylist or artistic director for cinema and television? Or as a hairstylist or stylist. Without forgetting the related fields, such as cosmetics, well-being, fitness, etc. If you like to transmit, the role of trainer is also an option.

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