Regulating the hairdressing industry has been discussed many times over the years, but as more young people are encouraged to take ‘fast tracked’ hair courses the standards are declining faster than ever.


Errol Douglas MBE, an ambassador for standards within the industry, actively supports the Hairdressing Council's proposition.

“State Registration is a must for making sure this industry stays at the very top by pulling together, so not any Tom, Dick or Harry can open and operate a hairdressing salon or barbers".


A letter of support from Brian Plunkett M.I.T who has campaigned for many years for a more educated industry. Allergic reactions to PPD in hair colour are on the increase and many salons still refuse to skin test despite the risks. 


Let me make a case for State Registration and the professional hairdresser - We need the very best now to deal with those clients who are seeking much more from their hairdresser, especially when it comes to concerns over female hair loss. Nadine Dorries MP suggested on Radio 2 [Jeremy Vine] that 8 million women suffer Chronic Telogen Effluvium [CTE] not quite that many I feel, but many are concerned; she suggested the NHS should be involved 8 million women trying to see their GP! the mind boggles. Women often seek 'quack' advice and are being fobbed off with vitamins and minerals and indeed lasers when all that is needed is knowledge of the hair and scalp; the difference between Acute and Chronic hair loss. The difference between a State Registered hairdressers and a drifter! Most problems are self adjusting as often the treatment is the treatment of the cause, as I have said on many occasions.


Best wishes



Brian Plunkett MIT

Managing  Director



The fee for a graduate hairdresser currently stands at £32,  not a massive amount to prove you have got the necessary qualifications to operate in the industry, a copy of NVQ Level 2 issued within the past 24 months is required for registration.

To register as a State Registered Hairdresser/ Barber the fee is £39 a copy of either NVQ Level 2 or equivalent issued over 24 months ago is required – or a Habia Apprenticeship Certificate – or proof of working as a hairdresser for 6 or more years.

A lot of confusion lies around the VRQ  Level 2 Qualifications which are vocational qualifications as opposed to the NVQ Level 2 which require trainees to work in a salon environment on people as opposed to dummies.

Standards of training for VRQ qualifications vary immensely and some 1 year courses run only 2 days per week, with no direct contact with clients.

There have been some cases where students have attended college for less than 200 hours in total and still received a qualification which they are led to believe is an NVQ Level 2 equivalent.

Apprentices train in the salon for a minimum of 2 years with at least 200 hours spent with their training provider.

There is no comparison between these qualifications and State Registration will also ensure that apprentices are trained by recognised professionals.

With many businessmen & women investing in the beauty industry it is appealing to the profit margins to staff premises with ‘placement’ from colleges.

In a case where a salon is operated by a manager without a qualified operator present at all times, these young people are often thrown in the deep end.

Basic principles like skin testing and full consultations are not seen as profitable, therefore dismissed as unnecessary.

The sad part of this is, most consumers don’t realise there are currently no regulations in the hairdressing industry, they are in effect being treat like Dummies! 


Press Release from  The Hairdressing Council

A delegation were invited to 10 Downing Street to meet one of the Prime Minister’s personal advisors to discuss regulating the hairdressing industry. During the meeting the 1964 Act and mandatory registration were discussed in detail and the delegation left with high confidence, feeling very positive about a framework to move forward.


Registrar and CEO Sally Styles said “Here is tangible evidence that this government is taking the Hairdressing Council and registration seriously. To be invited to Downing Street was a major step forward and all registered hairdressers can be assured everything is being done to increase respect and recognition and to raise standards across the hairdressing and barbering industries.


CEO and Registrar of the Hairdressing Council Sally Styles, Chairman of the Fellowship David Drew, Council member Alan Richardson and Prime Minister’s hairdresser Lino Carbosiero.












































































































































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