The NVQ Level 1 in Hairdressing is the entry level course and you will be expected to gain the basic skills within a hairdresser environment. There are no entry exams, but you may need at least 3 GCSEs grade E or above.

Recommended book:

S/NVQ Level 1 Introducing Hairdressing (S/Nvq Level 1 Hairdressing) (S/NVQ Hairdressing for Levels 1 2 and 3)

We have found this book to be very helpful in the introduction of hairdressing. The book covers important information such as health and safety in the work place, hair salon duties, how to shampoo and cut hair and how to deal with different hair types. The book is fully illustrated and gives practical advice as well as theory.


As with most NVQ courses, you will need to get a placement within the field of work i.e. working in a salon.

NVQ Level 1 HairdressingFor this course, you will be expected to demonstrate the ability to perform the following tasks:
– Be aware of health and safety within the workplace
– Ability to shampoo/condition hair
– Maintaining work areas
– Maintaining salon treatment work areas

Most NVQ providers will expect you to choose additional units, some of which are shown below:

– Blow drying hair
– Assisting with hair dye
– Basic techniques of plaiting hair
– Removing hair extensions
– Reception duties

After an NVQ Level 1 in Hairdressing?

You can seek employment within a hairdressing salon or work towards your NVQ Level 2 in Hairdressing.

The course usually lasts 1 year and will typically start in September.


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