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Hairstylists are needed on photo and film shoots, on television sets, at fashion shows, at concerts and in theatre to design and style the hair of models, actors and presenters. Depending on the scale of the production, a hairstylist might work either alone or in a large team of stylists, along with makeup artists and wardrobe stylists. Most stylists will be well-trained and prepared to provide a wide range of services, such as cutting, dying, straightening, perming, washing and blow drying.
On fashion shoots and shows, the hairstylist will fix the model or models’ hair in line with the requirements of the client – the designer, art director or photographer. They will have to keep a close eye on models in able to react quickly in case a restyle is needed.
Similarly, on film and television sets and in theatre, the stylist will be responsible for creating the look of an actor or actress’ hair that best suits the character being portrayed.
Singers and performers will usually have a hairstylist or a team of stylists to do their hair before appearing on stage.
Most hairstylists will spend the majority of their time working with clients in salons and will be commissioned by a client to assist on a shoot. Others will be employed regularly by television production companies, such as news channels, to style the hair of actors and presenters.
Hairstylists can specialise in certain areas, such as colouring, wig care and maintenance, afro-Caribbean hair, female or male hairdressing.
Some celebrities, wealthy and high-profile people will hire personal hairstylists.