Hairstyling Diploma

Become a Hairstylist in 52 Weeks

Do you…

  • Have a creative personality?
  • Enjoy cutting, colouring, and styling hair?
  • Love making people feel beautiful and special?
  • Want an in-demand career with lots of room for growth?

If you answered “yes,” then becoming a hairstylist might be your path to an exciting and fulfilling career.

A Hairstylist is an expert at cutting, colouring, waving or relaxing, straightening, shaving, shampooing, and styling hair for any occasion. You will make your clients feel great by providing modern hairstyling services from a practical haircut to an elaborate hair updo. Find your creative outlet in a career as a hairdresser!

You can become a hairstylist by completing your education at National Institute Brampton. The diploma is accepted by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Our hairstyling course includes the required 1500 hours of educational training with hundreds of hours dedicated to hands-on techniques with mannequins and people. You will learn everything you need to start a hairstylist career and you will get assistance with securing a hairstylist apprenticeship following graduation. Finally, once you have completed both your education and apprenticeship, you will need to take a qualification exam administered by Red Seal.

Upon successful completion of your Red Seal exam you will become officially  licensed as a hairstylist. The entire process usually only takes 2 – 3 years to complete. Plus, you will earn a wage during your apprenticeship.

Hairstyling Program Details

Length52 Weeks(1500 Hours)
Class TimeDaytime
Entrance RequirementsHigh School or Equivalent, 18 Years or Older
Campus LocationBrampton, ON

Hairstyling Diploma Program Status:

Enrolling Now!

Space is limited.

Tuition Grant Available. Conditions Apply.


* Financial Aid is available to those who qualify.

Tuition grant available for a limited time

Tuition Grant Status:


Eligibility conditions apply. Must show proof of Canadian Status.
Contact National Institute for details.

“I am so grateful to National Institute. They not only provided me with a great education but they also helped me find a job after graduation. I highly recommend joining National Institute to any aspirant interested in Hairstyling.”
– Andeep Kaur, Graduate Hairstyling Diploma

National Institute is Accredited by Career Colleges Ontario
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Hairstyling Student Learning how to Barber
A Hairstylist, Barber, or Hairdresser, is a master at cutting, colouring, shampooing, and styling hair for any occasion in salon’s or on-the-go.

Hairstylist Diploma Course Curriculum

Courses Include:

  • Hair Sciences
  • Colour Theory and Techniques
  • Cutting Techniques
  • Updos
  • Salon Functions & Customer Service
  • Salon Management
  • Party Hairstyles
  • Fancy Braids
  • Bridal Updos
  • Straightening
  • Product Formulation
  • Health & Safety Regulations
  • Waving and Relaxing
  • Chemical Treatments
  • Shaving
  • Scalp & Hair Care
  • Self-Employment (Entrepreneurship)

Hairstyling students will participate in career building activities such as community outreach, field trips, on-campus salon & lab, industry & employer networking, and a special visit to the annual ABA beauty and hair show.

The Hairstyling curriculum is approved by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The Ontario College of Trades accepts our Hairstylist Diploma as the educational requirement for your licensing.

Classes are enrolling now but space is limited. Start dates are often flexible. Please inquire today so that you can reserve a spot at your optimal time. Ask about special offers on tuition. To inquire, complete the form or call 905-463-2006.

Hairstylist Career Profile

As a Hairstylist, you will bring joy and wonder to your clients as you transform their look with skilled technique and precision. Your creativity has the unique ability to make a bride feel extra special, give a boost of confidence to a businessman, restore dignity to a cancer patient with a wig of hair, or help a fashion model feel absolutely beautiful.

A Hairstylist may also be called a Barber, Hairdresser, Haircutter, Hair Colour Specialist, or Business Owner. There are many directions and specialties you can pursue in your career as a licensed hairstylist.

Hairstylists are in-demand and often work in salons or on-the-go. Some career paths you may pursue include:

  • Theatre, Film, and Fashion
  • Barber
  • Hospitality such as resorts, spas, and cruise lines
  • Instructor
  • Wigs and Hair Pieces
  • Hair Product Brand Retail, Manufacturing, and Distribution
  • Business or Franchise Ownership
Instructor watches over her hairstyling class
Hairstylists are in-demand and will never go out of fashion.

Explore a career as a Hairstylist right now. National Institute is ready to provide you the answers you need to move forward. Request more information by completing the form or calling 905-463-2006.

Hairstylists in Ontario

Entry-Level Wage Expectations

$19 – $25

As your career grows, you could start earning more. Hairstyling is an in-demand career that also enables you to improve your clients’ self confidence. You are entering a recession resilient career – as a hair care professional you will always be needed.

Why Choose National Institute’s Hairstylist Program?

Getting prepared for a new career is an important step in your life. Providing a great education and enabling students to become Hairstylists is a responsibility we take seriously.

We offer:

  • Small class sizes so you get the attention required to succeed.
  • Expert instructors that have real-world experience. All teachers are fully licensed & qualified.
  • Networking opportunities with employers, industry partners, and community leaders.
  • Job placement assistance. Over 95% of our graduates obtain gainful employment.
  • Practical hands-on experience with mannequins and real clients.
  • A diverse and friendly student body. You will work together and make great friends.

“I’m so glad that I enrolled. I loved the work and assignments. I learned everything from small tips and tricks to what make – up goes with what seasons! … My experience at National Institute was fantastic and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in pursuing a future career in Hairstyling. It’s a great kick – start for people who are young and passionate like myself.”
– Chris Johnson

Financial Aid Options

Financial Aid is available to those who qualify.

National Institute is a licensed & accredited private career college in Ontario – this means you may be eligible for public and/or private grants, and RESPs are useable. There are financial aid specialists to help you find a financial solution to match your unique circumstances.

Some of your Financial Aid options include:

  • Interest-Free Monthly Tuition Option for National Institute Students Only
  • Better Jobs Ontario Funding
  • Public Scholarships, Grants, and Student Loans
  • Private Scholarships & Grants
  • Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) Withdrawal
  • Student Line of Credit or Loan from Banks/Credit Unions.
  • RRSP Lifelong Learning Program (LLP)
  • Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) Claims
  • And More…

Get answers to your questions about the National Institute Hairstylist Diploma and learn if a career in fashion is right for you by completing the form or calling 905-463-2006.

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