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63210 – Hairstylists and barbers

Hairstylists and barbers cut and style hair and perform related services. They are employed in hairstyling or hairdressing salons, barber shops, vocational schools, health care establishments and theatre, film and television establishments. Apprentices are also included in this unit group.


Example titles

  • Barber
  • Barber apprentice
  • Hair colour technician
  • Hairdresser
  • Hairdresser apprentice
  • Hairstylist
  • Hairstylist apprentice
  • Wig stylist

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
    • Suggest hairstyle compatible with client's physical features or determine style from client's instructions and preferences
    • Cut, trim, taper, curl, wave, perm and style hair
    • Apply bleach, tints, dyes or rinses to colour, frost or streak hair
    • Analyze hair and scalp condition and provide basic treatment or advice on beauty care treatments for scalp and hair
    • Clean and style wigs and hair pieces
    • Apply hair extensions
    • May shampoo and rinse hair
    • May perform receptionist duties and order supplies
    • May train or supervise other hairstylists, hairstylist apprentices and helpers.
    • Cut and trim hair according to client's instructions or preferences
    • Shave and trim beards and moustaches
    • May shampoo hair and provide other hair treatment, such as waving, straightening and tinting and may also provide scalp conditioning massages
    • May book appointments and order supplies
    • May train and supervise other barbers and barber apprentices.

Employment requirements

  • Hairstylists
  • Completion of secondary school education is required.
  • Completion of a one- or two-year hairstyling apprenticeship program or completion of a college or other program in hairstyling combined with on-the-job training is usually required.
  • Several years of experience may replace formal education and training.
  • Employers may require applicants to provide a hairstyling demonstration before being hired.
  • Trade certification for hairstylists is compulsory in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta, and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, British Columbia, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
  • In New Brunswick, licensing by the Cosmetology Association of New Brunswick is mandatory to use the titles “Hairstylist” or “hairdresser”.
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified hairstylists upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.
  • Barbers
  • Completion of secondary school education is required.
  • Completion of a seven-month to one-year apprenticeship or other barber program is usually required.
  • On-the-job training may be substituted for formal education.
  • Trade certification for barbers is compulsory in Ontario and available, but voluntary, in the Yukon.
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to barbers, as qualified hairstylists, upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Additional information

  • The Red Seal endorsement allows for interprovincial mobility.


Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
6 – Sales and service occupations
3 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of less than two years; or more than six months of on-the-job training
Major group
63 – Occupations in sales and services
Sub-major group
632 – Occupations in services
Minor group
6321 – Hairstylists and estheticians
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