Thursday, 1 December 2011

I'm a hairdresser...no, I'm a hairdresser

When I was little I remember a girl in my class snipping a friend's fringe. We were in primary school, it was done with a pair of craft scissors and it left my friend with a fringe missing a 2" chunk.
When asked what she was doing she replied "I was being a hairdresser"
Now, I'm sure as she is now grown up she wouldn't dream of getting scissor happy on someone's hair, but apparently some seem to think holding some scissors or a bowl of colour makes them a stylist.
Tory MP David Morris, who has in the past managed salons, proposed The Hairdressers Registration (Amendment) Bill, meaning that all hairdressers would need to be registered the same way as doctors and dentists are. I think this idea is fantastic, as a qualified stylist I would be more than happy to register on a database and receive accreditation from an official body that is recognised by clients. I do feel that whilst a charge would no doubt need to be applied, the fee should be kept as low as possible. For hairstylists starting out in the industry, a large licence fee along with liability insurance if they are freelance would definitely be a negative - and whilst many would ensure they were registered it criminalises hairstylists who may struggle financially if the fee was large.
If you went to salon or had a mobile hairdresser for your hair cut or colour you'd want to make sure they were sure on what they were doing. But do you ask? You may think it will sound silly or rude, but it's definitely something I'd recommend. Many won't mind if you ask if they are City & Guilds or NVQ Level 2 qualified, and if they do have a problem it may be worth asking if they are the right person for the job.
Unfortunately, Mr Morris was unsuccessful and the bill was defeated by 4 votes. Incredibly close, and it show's that in time something will need to be organised to ensure the safety of people who put their hair in a stylists hands. I find it incredibly scary that ANYONE can just say "I'm a hairdresser" and use some serious chemicals on hair. When you are training you feel proud receiving your qualification and even more so when you help give someone a great cut or colour - I don't want the industry tarnished by cowboy colourists or a foiling frauds.
I'm really interested in hearing your thoughts on this. 
Do you think that hairdressers need to be regulated with stronger guidelines and rules? 
And if you are a stylist, would you be happy applying for a licence?

7 comments:

  1. I would be willing to apply for a licence, I am already a state registered hairdresser though so thats always something good to have as its approved by the hairdressing council. I think too many people get away with saying they are hairdressers when really we both know the amount of knowledge it actually takes to be one, with all the chemicals that are used on just a daily basis its not something that should be left in the hands of people who just claim to be. Great post! xxx

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  2. In theory it sounds like a great idea however would that mean that us ordinary mortals would no longer be allowed to buy hair dye off the shelves of Boots as we don't have a relevant licence? x

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  3. Couldnt agree more that there needs to be guidlines in place. You sit in that seat and trust them to know what they are doing and yet how do you actaully know!! xx :o)

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  4. Vix, home colourants wouldn't be under the licence, as they are for your own use (taking your own risk!) Just the hairdressers carrying out hair services on people that trust them and need to make sure they are qualified. You'll be ok. :)
    Thanks for the comments guys. xx

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  5. I think it'd be a good idea, I don't like going to the hairdressers because of a one time disaster. x hivenn

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  6. I think it's a really good idea, although I'd be a bit nervous to ask if someone was registered in fear of insulting them!
    xx

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