Jobs at Desirees Studio

How to apply

To apply email your cv an cover letter to: or by post to 

Desirees Studio 401 Tangmere Drive,

Castle Vale, 


b35 6PZ

for informal enquires call:

0121 572 7177 

Nail Tech

A nail technician specialises in looking after client's fingernails and toenails. They are able to give advice on nail care and product selection. And they help improve the appearance of our hands and feet by offering nail treatments; manicures, pedicures, nail extensions and nail art applications. Typically a nail technician fulfils the following;

  • Manicure. A manicure can be solely for the fingernails or a combined treatment for both hands and fingernails. A full manicure often involves cleansing, forearm and hands massage, filing, polishing and shaping of nails, cuticle care and the application of polish.
  • Pedicure. A pedicure improves the condition and appearance of your feet and toenails. As well as tending to the toenails, the nail technician would be expected to massage the lower legs and feet to relax the client and remove rough skin from the feet.
  • Nail Extension/Overlays. Nail technicians often apply false nail extensions either over the whole natural nail or to the tip. Most common are gel nails or acrylics
  • Nail Art. Nail art is becoming an increasingly popular requirement. Nails can be polished in two colours; based on the French manicure a client can request that the traditional white and light pink be replaced with two colours of their choice. There are also a large range of stickers (flowers, stars) that can be combined with a bright or translucent polish and nail jewelry "rhinestones". It's not called nail art for nothing though, more artistic nail techs specialise in freehand, airbrush or fantasy nail art.
  • Nail Care Advice. Nail technicians should have the ability to recognise nail conditions (ie fungal nail infection) that should be referred for treatment and give advice for ongoing nail care and maintenance.

Skills and Personal Qualities

  • Steady hand. Good nail technicians need to have a steady hand especially when applying polish, nail art designs & applications and extensions.
  • Good Concentration Skills. Clients will want to chat about their problems, the weather etc and nail technicians must be able to listen, converse and maintain their concentration on the task in hand.
  • Creativity. A high degree of creativity is especially important when painting designs on clients nails. It's also important to have good colour sense.
  • Patience. Nail technicians have to deal with a minimum of ten nails in any one sitting, that means performing the same procedures a minimum of ten times and of course we all know the importance of waiting for polish to dry in between applications.
  • Customer Service. Nail technicians work on a one to one basis with clients therefore excellent customer service skills are crucial, they should be polite, sociable, friendly, caring and a good listener.
  • Quick and Efficient. Especially in a busy nail salon it's essential that the nail technician works quickly whilst still managing to deliver an excellent service.
  • Professional & Immaculately Presented. As with any customer facing positions it's essential the customer is treated well and that you are well groomed and presentable. In this case especially your nails!

Entry Requirements

An increasing number of reputable nail companies and salons are requesting a minimum of NVQ level 2 or equivalent as their criteria for application. The following are worth looking at;

  •     VTCT (Vocational Training Charitable Trust) offers level 2 certificate in nail treatments, incl nail art and nail technology
  •     City & Guilds offers NVQ/SVQ levels 2 & 3 in nail services

Hair dresser ( Apprentice )

Hairdressing Apprentice Job Profile

Becoming a hairdressing apprentice for a hair salon is one of the most common routes to becoming a qualified hairdresser. Generally hair apprenticeship jobs are full time and can last anything from between 3 and 5 years (depending on the contract you enter with your employer), the end of which time the apprentice should hopefully acquire themselves an NVQ level 2 in hairdressing, which you will need to become a stylist.

Hairdressing apprenticeships are ideal because they enable the apprentice to get paid, whilst getting valuable practical experience working in a salon environment which is then strengthened by the theoretical aspects of learning at college which all ends up in them acquiring a valuable level 2 qualification in hairdressing.

What duties does a hairdressing apprentice carry out?

Assist the stylists - Hairdressing apprentices will be required to assist experienced stylists in all aspects of work that they do which can include colouring, cutting or styling hair.  In most cases they will be assisting but for more experienced apprentices or those that show promise the stylist will allow them to administer treatments under their supervision.

Shampooing clients hair - One of the more common requirements in getting clients ready for their hair treatment will be in helping them on with their gown and taking them to the shampooing station where the apprentice will shampoo, rinse and condition the clients hair in advance of their hair cut by the qualified stylists.

Looking after clients - The hair apprentice will be expected to welcome customers, hang up their coats for them in the cloakroom as well as get them refreshments

Keeping the salon tidy and clean - Part of the apprentices duties will be to ensure that the stylists are able to work in a clean and tidy environment. This will involve sweeping clean the salon floor of cut hair, or cleaning away client's finished coffee cups, helping keep the main reception desk clear etc

Assisting on the front desk - Most hair salons will have a dedicated receptionist but the trainee will be fully expected to help out on the reception, perhaps filling in when the receptionist is out at lunch or absent through sickness or holiday leave. Typical reception duties include taking salon bookings, processing payments and retailing hair care products.

Maintaining equipment and stock - The apprentice will often be responsible for sterilising scissors and other cutting equipment, refilling bottles and replenishing stock

Carry out simple hair treatments - The more experienced an apprentice is the more advanced the treatments they will be permitted to carry out. In the main they will be allowed to carry out simple hair treatments unsupervised but will need to work under the supervision of a qualified stylist for more advanced hair treatments.

Undergo 'On the job' colour and/or cutting training

Days off from the salon to attend college

Entry Requirements

Most hair apprentices are school leavers between the ages of 16 and 19. Most of the large well know hairdressing chains will operate their own salon assistant and trainee apprenticeship programs.  To get onto the apprenticeship programme you should apply direct.

An enthusiasm for hairdressing and willingness to learn are the most important pre-requisites

Potential Salary and Benefits

Salaries aren't that high but the good news at least is that you get paid whilst getting trained and potential earnings once qualified as a stylist can be good. Expect to be paid the minimum wage (for apprentices) at the level set for your age.

Barber ( Mens Hair Opportunity) Commission Split

Position Overview 


To Provide Hairdressing services to customers


1. To carry out all trained Barbering services to the required standards ensuring the specific treatment time is adhered to.

2. To give professional advice to clients and promote available treatments face to face and over the telephone.

3. To promote products.

4. To stay with the client throughout the treatment.

5. To control stock ordering, retail and salon liaising with the Manager on budget and cost control. (Optional)

6. To be competent with the computerised booking system to allow you to book customers appointments

7. To liaise in a positive manner with the Manager and Receptionist on the days scheduled treatments, any changes, additions etc in order to meet the ever changing needs of our clients. Flexibility and co operation are required.

8. To attend any appropriate training courses required.

9. To keep up to date with developments relating to the products ranges and any new treatments and services.

10. To ensure that the equipment is fully operational, clean and report any defects to maintenance via the Manager at any time of day.

11. To adhere to Health and Safety regulations by using safe work practices.

12. To turn off equipment, lights and secure the hair salon after use.

13. To ensure all equipment and utensils are kept clean and appropriately sterilised.

14. To be punctual at all times

15 To attend all team meetings.

16. To inform  Manager of any medical conditions or behaviour from clients that is unusual or causes concern.

17. To follow the companies sickness and absence procedure.

18. To assist in the cleaning and tidying of the hair salon including laundry runs etc.

19. To ensure that the salon is fully prepared and stocked before your first client.

20. To report any incidents, accidents or any guest dissatisfaction to the Manager promptly.

21. To undertake any other reasonable duties delegated by the Manager