The Irish Times is reporting that the number of Irish people claiming to be hairdressesers has fallen to its lowest level since the mid-1980s.
In 2016, there were around 8,200 hairdressed women in Ireland, but in the first half of 2017 that number fell to 1,800.
The Irish Times says that the fall in the number is the result of people having fewer jobs and having to take on more debt to afford the costs of a haircut.
The number of hairddressers has been on the decline since the recession in 2008, when the economy began to recover.
The survey also found that while there is still a substantial amount of work available for Irish women, they have become more reluctant to work due to a lack of job opportunities.
According to the Irish Times, the number and rate of people claiming hairdrops have fallen over the past five years.
According a spokesperson for the Irish Ministry of Labour, the Government is working with the profession to encourage more women into the sector.
“We are looking at the opportunities for women and the opportunities available in this sector and how to make them better off through the right investment in women,” said the spokesperson.
“There is a great need in this industry, but there is also a need for more women to be able to take part and be able in the industry.”