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Hairstylists and Barbers  (NOC 6271)
Ottawa Region
Description |  Titles |  Duties |   Related Occupations

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.

barber, barber apprentice, hair colour technician, hairdresser, hairdresser apprentice, hairstylist, hairstylist apprentice, wig stylist.

Hairstylists perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Suggest hair style 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 judge in competitions
  • May train or supervise other hairstylists, hairstylist apprentices and helpers.
Barbers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • 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.
Included Cities in Region | Service Canada Offices

Ottawa, Gloucester, Nepean, Brockville, Cornwall, Vanier, Carleton Place, Clarence-Rockland, Gananoque, Hawkesbury, Mississippi Mills, Perth, Prescott, Smiths Falls, Bourget, Buckham's Bay, Clarence, Constance Bay, Embrun, Hazeldean, Kars, Old Stittsville, Richmond, Rockland, Rockland East, Russell, South March, South March Station, Stittsville, St-Onge

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Outlook & Prospects for Hairstylists and Barbers in Ottawa Region

The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.

Local Employment Potential Information

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Table on the employment potential for Hairstylists and Barbers in Ottawa Region as well as in the rest of the Ontario.
Location Employment Potential Release Date
Ottawa Region <Not assigned> 2012-11-27

Compared to other occupations, this is not a significant occupation in this region.

In Ontario, the outlook for hairstylists and barbers is expected to be fair over the period 2012-2013. At the time of the 2006 census, there were nearly 34,000 hairstylists and barbers in the province, a slight increase from the previous census.

There is a steady demand for skilled hairstylists and barbers, however some salons and barbershops hire only those who are experienced and who bring an established clientele with them. An increasing number of professionals rent chairs in salons while others choose to work out of their own homes. Those who work out of their homes often provide services at a slightly lower cost. Employment prospects are best for those who possess a broad range of experience. This occupation is sensitive to economic downturns. As disposable income declines, individuals often delay going to a hairstylist or barber, or resort to do-it-yourself products. Less than 20% of workers in this occupation were aged 55 and over at the time of the 2006 census. As a result, most employment opportunities will be created by replacement and turnover needs rather than retirements.

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