The hairdressing industry is exciting and ever-changing. If you want a career with a creative flair, and love making people feel great, start your hairdressing journey at Otago Polytechnic.


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Develop the salon skills to launch a career in hairdressing with our practical, client-focused programmes. You’ll learn from industry professionals ensuring you are up to date with current hairdressing technologies, techniques and products. You will graduate ready to hit the ground running with hairdressing skills to take into your first industry job.

You will gain the experience you need to succeed in our training salon set up to represent a real-world working salon. Carry out various cut, colour and styling techniques on real clients while learning the professional skills which come with hairdressing.

Hairdressing qualifications

Hair & Beauty

Want to be a hairdresser? This is the perfect first step. You’ll learn a wide range of basic techniques from experienced hairdressers in a real salon setting. This programme is ideal for those wanting to gain confidence and to learn foundational skills in a low-pressure environment.


1 Year Full-time


On campus



Career potential

Apprentice Hairdresser, Salon Assistant

Anna Lobb

Anna Lobb

“I got to do cuts, colours, hair-ups and sets for real clients and show my work in photographic competitions. In my first year, I got a first and third place.”

Explore beauty therapy

Explore beauty therapy

If you love making people feel great, beauty therapy is also another great career choice.

Contact us

If you’re not sure what to study and would like some guidance, we’re here to help. Feel free to chat to us directly about any questions you may have.