Hair Worker

Comb, sort, and prepare human or synthetic hairs for making wigs.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Hair Workers do?

Combs, sorts, and prepares human or synthetic hair for making wigs, switches, and hair pieces: Pulls loose strands of hair across teeth of stationary comb to remove tangles. Separates hair strands according to length and ties them in groups. Washes human hair with soap and water and dries it in oven. Throws ends of hair against hackle and pulls hair through teeth to disentangle and straighten strands; places hair between cardboard sheets with ends protruding. Removes hair roots by brushing ends with brush containing row of needles. May mix various shades of hair to obtain routine blends.


Should I be a Hair Worker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Drawer-Hardware Worker, Hand Worker, Harness Worker, Hide Worker, Log Chain Worker

    How to become a Hair Worker

    Hair Workers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Hair Worker-related education!
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