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Hairdressing CV Template (Text Format)

PERSONAL STATEMENT

Talented licensed hairdresser with 7+ years of experience styling hair for all ages in industry-leading salons. Highly skilled and creative with a passion for bringing a vision to life and helping clients achieve their hair goals. Friendly and enthusiastic stylist with proven ability to take initiative, thrive under pressure, and put clients first. Hold a diploma in Hair Services.

WORK EXPERIENCE

RUSH HAIR, Wimbledon, London
Junior Stylist, December 2020–Present

  • Provided personalised consultations and hair services that were attentive to clients’ individual hair and scalp needs
  • Recommended relevant hair products and treatments to clients using upselling techniques, leading to a 15% increase in sales in 2020
  • Built a base of 40+ regular, committed clients mostly via word-of-mouth, cementing a reputation as a friendly, reliable stylist
  • Maintained an inventory of hair products and tools, and restocked workstation daily
  • Revamped and streamlined the salon’s cleanliness guidelines to boost overall productivity and align with official health codes

TONI & GUY, Richmond, London
Assistant Stylist, May 2018–November 2020

  • Assisted with 8+ different hair treatments, including application of hair colour, keratin treatments, shampooing, and scalp massages
  • Attended to 60+ calls a day and managed online appointment system
  • Upheld high standards of sanitisation and sterilisation practices, and established a new cleaning system to increase efficiency by 10%
  • Managed the salon’s social media accounts, generating a 30% increase in new customer leads

ELECTRIC HAIRDRESSING, Brighton
Hair Salon Apprentice, May 2016–March 2018

  • Performed front-of-house duties, greeting 25+ clients per day and managing the appointment book
  • Attended weekly training sessions to acquire new technical skills
  • Shampooed and blow-dried clients’ hair
  • Oversaw inventory and sent weekly reports and requests to management
  • Liaised with suppliers and managed stock delivery

EDUCATION

Kingston College, London (2014–2015)
Diploma in Hair Services (Level 2 and Level 3), upper second-class honours (2:1)

Key modules studied: Health and Safety Practices in the Salon, Creative Hairdressing Design Skills, Human Resource Management, and Colouring Hair

Feltonfleet School, Cobham (2006–2014)

A-Levels: Art and Design (A), English Literature (A), Sociology (A)
GCSEs: 10 A–C, including Art and Design, English Language and Literature, and History

KEY SKILLS

  • Technical hair care skills and services including cutting, balayage, Brazilian blow-dries, hair extensions, colouring, and tinting
  • Excellent client-facing and communicative skills with an outstanding customer service record
  • Hard worker who enjoys a fast-paced environment and working with a diverse team
  • Up-to-date with the latest trends in hair colour and styling
  • Keen marketer with a special interest in social media promotion
  • Impeccable organisational skills, familiarity with sanitisation practices, and efficient time management

HOBBIES & INTERESTS

  • Part-time Bhakti yoga instructor
  • Volunteer for a local food bank
  • Avid reader of historical fiction
  • Experienced traveller with a loved for exploring new cultures
  • Regular at pub quizzes with a reputation for extensive general knowledge

How to write your hairdressing CV

Before you begin writing, make sure you know how to write a CV in a way that best emphasises your strengths.

While hairdressers are always in demand, the hair and beauty industry can be tough to break into. To land a job in a top salon, you’ll need to impress a recruiting manager with a well-written CV.

Put the same thought and care you would into styling a client’s tresses into making your hairdressing CV. It should be targeted and well-rounded, showcasing your unique personality and technical haircare skills.

Here are 3 tips to style a hairdressing CV that lands your next job interview (or cut a long job hunt short and rapidly build your application using an online CV maker):

1. Showcase your hairdressing skills

One reason hairdressing is so challenging is that it demands you to use many different skills at once. Here are just some of the hard skills and soft skills employers expect to see on your hairdresser CV:

  • Hair colouring, perming, straightening, and blow-drying
  • Creativity and artistry
  • Customer service skills, including politeness, patience, and active listening
  • Product sales and upselling techniques
  • Physical stamina and energy
  • Time management and organisational skills

Fill the skills section of your CV with a mix of these skills. Also, sprinkle these abilities throughout your CV in sections for your work experience and education.

But don’t just list these skills on your CV. Instead, show how you’ve applied your skills by using hard numbers and examples. Adding this real-world data proves to an employer that you can apply your skills on the salon floor and get measurable results.

Here’s an example from a hair and beauty CV that uses a specific percentage to prove sales skills:

Recommended salon-approved hair products to clients, resulting in a 23% increase in sales

But what if you’re writing a hairdressing apprenticeship CV and don’t have any salon-specific skills yet? Here’s what you can do:

Highlight any relevant skills you’ve picked up via education or volunteer work on your CV. Also, show your soft skills — like clear communication, teamwork, and approachability — to increase your chances of getting an interview.

As a hairdresser, it’s important to use a modern CV template made for the UK when creating your application. This signals to employers that you have impeccable taste and will be able to create modern hair styles for your clients.[rg_tip]

 

2. List hair and beauty certifications in your personal statement

If you have a hairdressing licence or certification, say so in your CV’s personal statement. This section is the first part of your CV an employer will see, and showing your official haircare qualifications right away helps ensure the recruiter reads the rest of your application.

And as you write the rest of your personal statement, only mention your most job-relevant qualifications. You can add any additional hair and beauty certifications that are indirectly related to the role to the education section or a dedicated certifications section later in your hairdressing CV.

[rg_tip]Include any ongoing professional development in the beauty industry, such as courses on wig styling, makeup, or cosmetology.

While much of hairdressing is about learning on your feet, extra qualifications show that you keep your knowledge and skills current. And expanding your skills beyond hairstyling makes you a more appealing candidate and can help you negotiate a higher salary if you get a job offer.

3. Target your hairdressing CV at a specific job advert

To maximise your chances of getting a job interview, tailor your hairdressing CV to the job description to show an employer that you’re a perfect fit for the role.

Recruiting managers often scan applications for skills-based keywords from the job advert. If your CV doesn’t include these keywords, it can get rejected before it even gets a full read-through.

So read the job description and underline key phrases. Then incorporate those phrases into your CV to show you’re a great match.

Below is a real-life example of a hairdresser job description. The underlined words are keywords to include in a hairdressing CV targeting this position:

An example hairdressing job advert
Your hairdressing CV should include keywords from the job ad.

If you were targeting this job, you should prioritise the styling techniques the salon is looking for, plus any experience you have working with children.

You’ll also need a cover letter to complete your job application — use a cover letter creator to build a cover letter in the time it takes to make a cup of tea.


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Aaron Case

Aaron Case is a CPRW & Senior CV Expert at CV Genius with 8+ years of experience in writing and career resource spaces. Job seekers around the world and in various stages of their vocational journeys have landed fulfilling work thanks to his thoughtful career advice, which has also been showcased in publications like Forbes, MSN, CareerAddict, Ladders, Best Colleges, Ivy Exec, Capitalism.com, and vidIQ. Aaron has a BS in English & Communications from Liberty University bolstered by a professional credential from UC Berkeley. He’s collected practical experience while following various career paths, and he enjoys sharing the resulting insights with everyone. You can contact him through his LinkedIn profile or on Twitter. Please note, we don’t accept guest posts, and all such requests will be ignored.