Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+10.9% (faster than the average)


What Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists Do

Provide beauty services, such as cutting, coloring, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp. May shampoo hair, apply makeup, dress wigs, remove hair, and provide nail and skincare services.

Other Job Titles Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists May Have

Cosmetologist, Hair Stylist, Hairdresser, Hairstylist

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Hair Stylist ,

I see people coming into my salon trying to feel better about themselves.

Makeup and Hair Artist ,

Yvette Beebe Cosmetics

It changes all the time since I get to travel the world and work with many different artists. For shows, I usually go in to work at about 1 or 2PM to set up my room before things start at around 8 or 9PM. I do makeup before the show and touch-ups throughout and I also help with costumes. When I do music videos, I get to put together a team and work with the choreographers and director to talk about my vision. All of that is so exciting and I just really love the creative process.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Keep work stations clean and sanitize tools, such as scissors and combs.
  • Bleach, dye, or tint hair, using applicator or brush.
  • Cut, trim and shape hair or hairpieces, based on customers' instructions, hair type, and facial features, using clippers, scissors, trimmers and razors.
  • Schedule client appointments.
  • Update and maintain customer information records, such as beauty services provided.

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