Typical salons and hair cutting establishments are where most hairdressers are found. These establishments are located in many areas from shopping malls to upscale spas. Hairdressers may work as employees of the salon or rent the chair space as an independent contractor. Hairdressers may also operate out of their home, vehicle, or even travel to and perform services in the home of the client. Traveling hairdressers may visit hospitals and assisted living facilities generating a steady base of clients.
The entertainment industry is the second largest market for hairdressing. Movies and theatrical performances employ hairdressers on staff to style and transform actors into characters. Other entertainers such as music artists and dancers will also employ hairdressers behind the scenes. Some hairdressers are employed by just one individual and travel with them exclusively to meet their hair related needs.
The fashion industry also employs hairdressers to style model's hair for photography shoots and fashion shows. Photography shoots can take the hairdresser to various onset locations including exotic countries and challenging climates. Hairdressers in the fashion industry are oftentimes faced with time crunches and stressful situations. The hairdresser may have to work in small and less than desirable spaces as the need arises.