The Hair and Barber Council and HABIA commit to working together to champion high standards, professionalism and mandatory regulation.

The Hair and Barber Council and HABIA have had a mutual respect and shared goals for many years. This has now been further strengthened by an affiliation agreement, underlining their joint quest to improve the quality and standards of training and education in the sector.

Both organisations are dedicated to ensuring the highest level of professional expertise in the sector, and this joint initiative can only serve to promote these ideals.

Gareth Penn, Registrar of the Hair & Barber Council said: “Having spoken extensively over recent months with Joan Scott of HABIA, it quickly became very clear that the Hair and Barber Council was aligned totally with HABIA in their continual quest to improve the quality of training and education in the sector. Young people are the future of our industry and deserve the very best start we can give them. As the Government approved body responsible for setting the standards in the hair, barber, and beauty sector, I totally support and applaud HABIA’s huge ongoing commitment to the raising of standards in our sector.”

Joan Scott, of HABIA said: “The Hair and Beauty Industry Authority (HABIA) and the Hair and Barber Council (HBC) have worked together for many years, with a mutual respect and a shared vison for a regulated sector.  With the proliferation of very short, unregulated courses, our partnership becomes even more important, so together we can champion high standards, professionalism, and mandatory regulation across the hair, barbering and beauty sector.”                                                                                                  

The original Hairdressing Council was set up in 1964 by an Act of Parliament. This means that hairdressers and barbers can apply to become State Registered in the same way as doctors, dentists or nurses can. The only difference is that it is currently voluntary to belong to the UK Register of qualified hairdressers and barbers, but the Hair and Barber Council is campaigning to make registration mandatory in the aim to raise standards within the Industry. The Hair and Barber Council believes in the professionalism and passion of hairdressing and barbering and its aim is to raise standards, making the industry self regulated. Ideally every hairdresser and barber should be state registered which would eliminate those cowboys who practise hairdressing and/or barbering with no qualifications or experience whatsoever.

If you wish to register with The Hair and Barber Council, the annual fee is £70. If you are training, registration is free until you gain your NVQ Level 2 qualification. For more information, please visit: 

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