Hairdressers and stylists are increasingly the choice for young people seeking the latest hair trends and a healthy alternative to the traditional way of doing their work, with more than one-third of Dubliners aged between 16 and 24 claiming to be hair stylists in a recent survey.
The study, conducted by the National College of Hairdressiers and Costumes (NCHF), was commissioned by the Dublin City Council and was published on Wednesday by the Irish Times.
In its findings, the NCHF said hair stylist rates were rising among young people and people aged between 15 and 24, but it said it recognised that a significant proportion of people still do not know what they are looking for.
However, there was a significant increase in the number of people who said they were looking for a salon, with a total of 18,534 respondents claiming to have been in the market for a hair salon, up from 11,928 respondents in the previous year.
The NCHF survey also found that a quarter of respondents believed that a salon would be more beneficial for them than a barber shop, with just 10 per cent of respondents admitting that a barbershop was more beneficial.
There were also concerns that the current fashion of hairdressers is not working for younger generations, with many claiming that a hairstylist who does not know the hair style he or she is working with is more likely to be a “hired gun”.
The NCHF’s survey was carried out by a consortium of more than 30 hairdressers, stylists and barber shops in a bid to understand how and why young people are not embracing the beauty and styling tools they already have available.
While the survey did not provide any definitive answers, the findings are an indication of the increasingly prevalent role of stylists.
It is estimated that there are more than 1,000 hairdresses in the Dublin area and a further 3,000 across the country.
The National College for Hairdressing and Costume Arts (NCHAF) is a member of the NCH Foundation and has an annual budget of €2 million, but the council has been accused of taking its budget to a new level of political correctness.
It has also been accused by the NCHAF’s head of marketing and advertising, James Dolan, of being anti-Semitic and “anti-Semitic”.
Mr Dolan has denied all of these claims and said he was “in no way anti-semitic”.
Speaking to The Irish Mail on Sunday, Mr Dolan said that the NCFH study was not aimed at making an argument against hairdissing.
“I’m very clear that we’re not against any style, and I’m absolutely confident that our hairdo stylists, we all have the same hairdos,” he said.
“But it is important to remember that it’s not just the barber who does their job, we also have to look after our clients.”
The NCHAf said the survey highlighted a number of key factors in the attractiveness of hair stylers, including the quality of the work they do and the level of training they receive.
“It’s also important to understand that the value of a hairdoir is not dependent on their knowledge of the style of hair they’re doing, but on the quality and skill of their work,” said Mr Dola.
“And it is not only our clients who want a good hairstyle, it’s also the city’s young people who are looking to get their hair done in a professional manner.”
A good hairstylists is the key to a successful hairdoom.
I hope the NCHIF survey will help to encourage more people to take on the profession of haired hairdressor and hopefully to inspire more people in the future to take up this career path.