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Learn what it takes to work as a Hairdresser on board a yacht and what steps to take in order to start your yachting career.
The position of a superyacht hairdresser is generally found on yachts over 40m / 130ft in size and, apart from hair care for the yacht owner and guests, the role largely involves assistance in the interior housekeeping department.
For this role, it's recommended to have good land-based experience in a high-end salon, credentials in hairdressing and preferably some previous experience in yachting.
What does a yacht Hairdresser do?
A Hairdresser onboard a yacht is responsible for providing hair-care and haircuts for all guests onboard (and on certain yachts for crew as well). Some larger yachts have dedicated beauty salons on board with wash basins for washing or colouring hair but this is not always the case with all yachts.
It's important to note that the role of a Hairdresser is split between the hairdressing duties and Stew duties, namely housekeeping. The exact ratio and specific day-to-day duties varies from yacht to yacht but it tends to be about 10% hair care and 90% housekeeping and laundry duties.
The responsibilities of a yacht Hairdresser include:
Offering haircuts and blow-dries to guests
Beard trimming and shaving for male guests
Working as a part of the Interior Department and preforming housekeeping and service duties. This involves all duties of a yacht Stew.
The Soft and Hard Skills Needed to Excel as a yacht Hairdresser
Since yacht Hairdressers engage personally with the owner and guests about their needs and suggesting treatments, good communication and interpersonal skills will demonstrate that you can be are a valuable member of the crew.
Hairdressers working on board a yacht hold a recognised hairdressing qualification or have a solid land-based experience working in a hair saloon and, ideally, some previous yachting experience.
Key Skills to Excel as a Yacht Hairdresser:
Hair care knowledge
Knowledge to perform hair styling and haircuts
Good interpersonal and communication skills
Approachable and friendly manner
Sensitivity and understanding towards the guest's needs
Ability to work independently
Mandatory certificates needed to work on board a yacht
All crew members regardless of position and seniority need to have a valid STCW Basic Safety Training certificate, along with a recognised Seafarers medical certificate, the most popular being the ENG1 which is issued by an MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) professional medic.
Without these two certificates, it is not possible for crew to work on board a yacht and a Recruiter will not be able to assist you in finding work onboard a yacht. For more information about mandatory certificates please visit our Mandatory Certificates Guide.
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Each of our recruiters is specialised in crew placement for a particular department and they will do their best to get you an interview on board a yacht. They will also advise you on how to best present your experience and skills and prepare for a yacht job interview.