Job type

Hairdressing salon manager

£18k - £30k

Typical salary

38 – 40

Hours per week

Hairdressing salon managers oversee the day-to-day running of a hairdresser's or barber's shop and cut and style hair.

More info

  • Combine hairdressing skills with business management to run a hairdressing salon
  • You'll learn to manage people and finances, as well as industry skills and knowledge
  • This could be a route into running a chain of salons, managing a spa or teaching hairdressing

As a hairdressing salon manager, you'll be responsible for ensuring the smooth running of a hair salon, as well as being hands-on with the styling of clients' hair.


  • Cutting, styling and colouring customers' hair
  • Supervising the salon team
  • Setting revenue targets for staff
  • Advising customers about products and specialist treatments
  • Stock taking and ordering supplies
  • Managing salon costs and business accounts
  • Recruiting and training apprentices
  • Hiring outside services like cleaners
  • Attending trade fairs to keep up-to-date with the latest products and trends


The job can be physically demanding as you may be on your feet most of the day. You'll be based in a salon, but may travel to visit wholesalers or if you offer mobile hairdressing services.

You'll need

This role would be ideal for someone with customer service skills, administration skills, the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure, knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses, and sensitivity and understanding.

To apply directly for management jobs, you would usually need previous experience of managing a beauty salon or spa.

You could move into salon management after 1 or 2 years' experience as a hairdresser.

You can complete a college course in Hairdressing, or work your way up to management level after completing an advanced apprenticeship in hairdressing.


With training and experience you could branch out to offer related services like beauty or spa therapies. You could become an area manager for a hairdressing chain or open your own salon.  

You could also go into education as a trainer-assessor, teaching hairdressing students.