Would you want your hair coloured (with chemicals) by an individual who only went on a day’s course?
Would you want your face injected with Botox by someone who only did a day’s course?
The UK’s hair and beauty industry is worth a whopping £6.6bn a year, according to a report from Hair and Barber Council and BABTAC (British Association of Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology)[https://www.babtac.com/news/2019/05/172-economic-impact-assessment-report-update/].
The report was commissioned to highlight all the benefits that hairdressing, barbering and beauty has on the UK economy, gathering tangible evidence to point out how important the industry is to our country in terms of revenue and employment.
Key facts (taken from 2017 stats) are highlighted to prove to the government that this industry plays a big part and needs support in regulation – such as the 16,000 apprenticeships undertaken in the profession that year and the near 50,000 businesses in operation.
At the moment, the only form of regulation is via State Registration with the Hair Council [https://www.haircouncil.org.uk/pages/apply.php]. However, many customers will be disturbed to know that State Registration is not mandatory, just optional (in the USA it’s different – you have to have a licence to practice).
State Registration should be mandatory to all practicing within the hair, barbering and beauty industry, as this will not only raise the standards within the sector but it will also protect our consumers.
Having compulsory State Registration will recognise an individual is practicing the correct procedures in terms of skills and also completing the correct channels in training, having only registered providers delivering high standards of tuition and observation in their apprenticeships.
Would you want professional people who are highly trained and recognised in their industry to practice procedures on your hair, scalp, face and body?
Umm yes please!
In reality customers don’t ask to see professional certificates; they assume their practitioner is up to scratch and probably regulated – be it a beautician or a GP. In the case of the former, they’re wrong. Clients should be protected, knowing they can check to see if professionals are registered and qualified to complete such procedures. Everyone is unique and needs a highly skilled consultation from a professional who is properly trained and properly registered; the risks of having work done by unqualified staff are many:
Barbering – open cuts when razoring risking cross infection from one client to another; scarring from not completing before and aftercare.
Hairdressing – chemical burns; hair loss; allergic reactions.
Beauty – skin damage; allergic reactions; scarring
This report shows that we aren’t talking about some niche sub-industry here; we’re talking about a multi-billion pound profession that affects the lives of hundreds of thousands of people across the UK.