A Hairdresser in the UK
Are you thinking of becoming a hairdresser when you are finished at school? Would you consider working abroad in an English-speaking country after your apprenticeship is completed? If so the interview below will give you an idea of what it is like to work as a hairdresser in England.
Before listening, use the dictionary to check that you know the meaning of the following words: manic, appointment, client, consultation, confident, event, occasion, variety, blow dry, chart
Listen to the following interview with a hairdresser in the UK and find out:
- Where she works. (type of company - large/small, etc)
- Where about in the UK she works.
- Why she chose this profession.
- What type of tasks she has to do on a typical day at work.
- What personal qualities she suggests are needed by a hairdresser.
- Does she describe any work processes or services that she provides?
- What she likes best and least about her job.
- How she thinks this line of work will change in the future.
- Where she sees herself in 5 - 10 years' time.
Apprenticeship and Training
- Find out about becoming a hairdresser in the UK. Make a table with 3 columns: What does the job involve, the salary and the qualifications and training required. Below, you will find some useful links.
- Now compare a hairdresser's job and education in the UK with a hairdresser's job and education in Norway.
After you have practised, add more dialogue for some of the following situations:
- The customer rejects the hairdresser 's suggestions and asks for the opposite treatment.
- The telephone rings, the hairdresser excuses herself/himself to answer it.
- The customer is male not female.
- The hairdresser sees that the customer has dandruff and suggests a treatment.
- After the customer has had her hair cut etc. ask if she would like blow drying, hairspray, etc.
- The customer is going to pay, tell her how much it cost and ask if she would like any hair products, such as conditioner, shampoo, hairspray, styling foam, etc.