Job description of a hair colorist

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Job description of a hair colorist
Cosmetology classes are offered at community colleges and vocational schools. (Hair stylist image by Nina Hergarten from

A hair colourist is a cosmetologist licensed to perform a variety of beauty-related services including shampoos, cuts and styles, but mainly focuses on colouring hair. The job outlook for hair colourists is expected to grow 20 per cent between 2008 and 2018, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Colouring Hair

A hair colourist bleaches, frosts, and colours hair according to the client's wishes.

Consultation Services

Sometimes clients are unsure about exactly what they want. A colourist can discuss different options and provide colour samples for a client to choose from.

Educational Requirements

To become a hair colourist, you must have a high school diploma or a GED. You must also graduate from cosmetology school, which usually takes between nine and 24 months to complete. After graduation you must take a state-based examination to become licensed. The requirements vary by state.

Work Sites

Hair colourists are most often employed by hair salons. Some hair colourists offer in-home services, while others open their own businesses. They may also find work in the movie or television industries.


The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that in May of 2008, hair colourists earned between £5.50 and £13.2 per hour.

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