Hairdresser Training and Education

Top Hairdresser Training Courses for Autumn/Winter 2011

by rachael / August 14, 2011

Get up to speed with the latest trends and techniques with pick of Autumn/Winter 2011’s hairdressing training courses.
Course: Colour Correction Workshop
Content: Provides the in-depth knowledge and practical skills required to achieve effective results with optimum condition using Affinage products. The workshop demonstrates the use of Eraser and Infiniti Pre-Pigmentation Gel/Spray in relation to colour correction methods. 
Student profile: Delegates should have a good knowledge of colour theory. 
Duration: Half day
Location: Affinage Training Academy, Romsey, Hampshire
Cost: £45
Contact: 01794 527105, or visit
Alan d Education
Course: Barbering Trends
Content: Explore the latest techniques including scissor/clipper-over-comb, blending and fading, and beard and moustache trimming. Be transformed within a working week into a true ‘Men’s hairdresser’ via a mixture of comprehensive practical and demonstration work.
Student profile: Minimum two years’ experience.
Duration: Five days 
Location: Alan d Education, London
Cost: £825
Contact: 020 7580 1030, or visit  
American Crew
Course: Fundamentals
Content: New, hands-on course designed to help stylists capitalise on the boom in the men’s sector. Presented by one of the American Crew ‘All Stars’ education team, the aim is to encourage stylists of all abilities to try different techniques, develop new skills and build confidence. The creation of three different haircuts will develop scissor, razor and progressive freehand clipper techniques.  
Student profile: All abilities.
Duration: One day
Location: London and Manchester 
Cost: £165+VAT
Contact: 01282 613413, or visit
Course: Editorial
Content: Foundation through to advanced course focusing on magazine and fashion looks. A combination of demonstrations and workshops teach different approaches to dressing hair. Benefit from furthering your artistic ability and knowledge of fashion styling techniques.
Student profile: Minimum one year experience on the salon floor required.
Duration: Day course
Location: Aveda Academy, London
Date: 5 October 
Cost: £275
Contact: 0870 428 6383, or visit
La Biosthetique
Course: Trend Collection Cutting and Colouring
Content: Designed to showcase and demonstrate the colours, styles and techniques used by the La Biosthetique team to create this season’s inspirational looks from start to finish. During the workshop you will be guided through three distinct trend looks by a member of the UK artistic team, using both classic foiling and progressive colour application techniques.
Student profile: NVQ Level 3 and above.
Duration: One and a half days
Location: Aylesbury and Scotland Academies
Date: 19 and 20 September
Cost: £280 + VAT
Contact: 01296 611702, or visit
Bumble and bumble
Course: Fashion Week Close-up
Content: Presentation with key Bb. session stylists showcasing the very best of the Bumble and bumble 65-strong show schedule. 
Deconstructs key looks from Spring/Summer 2012 and demonstrates how to achieve them. Report issued to students contains imagery and a detailed trends overview from each of the fashion shows. 
Student profile: Exclusively for Bumble and bumble account salons this course is perfect for hairdressers displaying a passion for fashion and session styling
Duration: Two and a half hours
Location: Central London venue
Cost: £600
Contact: 0870 428 6384, or visit
Capital Hair & Beauty
Course: Advanced Cutting Course with Metin Warwick
Content: Hair Designer Metin Warwick demonstrates advanced techniques of cutting and styling, both classic and contemporary. Subjects covered include sectioning and finishing to the highest standard. 
This course is the springboard to success at a high level. Students will need to supply their own models – one male and one female – on the day.
Student profile: Minimum three years cutting and styling experience required.
Duration: One day
Location: Capital stores across the UK and Ireland
Cost: £125+VAT
Contact: visit,  or your nearest store.
Course: Devine Intervention 
Content: Under Tracey Devine’s guidance, learn how to identify key trends before they happen and translate them into clients’ lifestyles and your business blueprint. This course will encourage and inspire you to become a confident and complete hairdresser by turning trends into profit.
Student profile: Senior stylist.
Duration: Two-day course
Location: ASK Academy, London
Dates: 5 and 6 September
Cost: £450
Contact: 020 7724 7931, or visit
Francesco Group
Course: Generation NXT Cutting
Content: A 12-week intensive multi-skilled course to ensure all new stylists enter the commercial world with confidence. 
Learn to adapt classics to create personalised cuts for individual clients, and be groomed in capitalising on aftercare and retail opportunities.The course involves inspirational demonstrations throughout, including men’s cutting and hair up.
Student profile: NVQ Level 3 graduates. 
Duration: 12 weeks 
Location: Advanced Academy, Stafford
Dates: 13 S
eptember – 2 December (12 weeks) 
Cost: £4,000 + VAT
Contact: 01785 246129, or visit
Course: Colour System Explore (Foundation)
Content: Run by the Alan Howard educational team, this course covers essential knowledge for providing a professional service using Fudge colours, exploring the science, features and benefits, mixing and removal, and the presentation of models. The day consists of theory and practical work. A model is required.
Student profile: Minimum NVQ Level 1.
Duration: One day
Location: Venues across the UK
Cost: From £65+VAT
Contact: 0161 429 0794, or visit
Course: Color Expert 
Content: Intensive course offering a combination of inspired learning and personal development, to encourage creativity and business skills and industry inspirations, as well as honing other talents. Benefit from exposure to the expert technical and business skills essential to running a successful salon; and acquire the knowledge to coach and develop your team into colour experts.
Student profile: NVQ Level 3-4, experienced colourists and salon owners.
Duration: 12 days (two days for six weeks)
Location: Goldwell Academy, London
Cost: £2,000
Contact: 020 7318 4000, or visit
HOB Academy
Course: Advanced Fashion Colour
Content: Designed to develop creative vision, this advanced colour course derives inspiration from the worlds of fashion, textiles, art and the media. Taught by HJ’s 2010 Schwarzkopf Professional British Colour Technician of the Year, Christel Lundqvist, this course is for technicians looking to improve their creative fashion skills.
Student profile: Three to four years’ experience and a full understanding of fundamental colour theory required.
Duration: Day course
Location: HOB Academy, London
Date: 12 October
Cost: £260
Contact: 020 7485 7272 (opt 3), or visit 
Course: Trend Cut & Colour
Content: Run by the education teams of Joico’s UK distributors, Alan Howard and Lacey’s, this course is for experienced hairdressers wishing to explore and master new techniques in cutting and colouring at the forefront of current trends. 
This seminar provides the skills, confidence, motivation and know-how essential to creating these looks on your own clients.
Student profile: NVQ Level 1, 2 and above.
Duration: Day course
Location: Wolverhampton, Leeds (Alan Howard) and Reading (Lacey’s)
Dates: 5, 19, 24 September
Cost: from £125+VAT
Contact: Alan Howard, 01614 290794. Lacey’s, 0118 930 2338
KMS California
Course: Women’s Foundations 
Content: The core KMS cutting system offering a comprehensive and technical approach to the three ways to cut hair: one length, graduation and layering. Learning Foundations’ theory and terminology will unlock new creative doors. 
Aimed at new or experienced stylists wanting to sharpen their skills, the philosophy of this hands-on workshop is about  “working smarter, not harder”.
Student profile: NVQ Level 2-3, new stylists, or those looking to sharpen their skills.
Duration: Two days
Location: KMS Academy, London
Cost: £320
Contact: 020 7318 4000, or visit 
L’Oréal Professionnel
Course: H3
Content: The H3 cutting and styling collection has a strong educational foundation that you’ll be able to take back to the salon to share with your team members and one that you’ll easily be able to introduce to your clients. The course emphasis is on shared inspiration and practical involvement. Students take away a diploma, workbook and tuition mannequin as rewards for their endeavours.
Student profile: Intermediate level and above.
Duration: One day
Location: Venues across the UK.
Cost: £122
Contact: 020 8762 4200, or email
Course: Collections of Excellence
Content: What makes a hairdressing photographic collection win awards? What sets it apart? Errol Douglas and Collections of Excellence show how an award-winning collection is created – the thought processes and the sources of inspiration, and of course the meaning behind the final collections. Select looks will be deconstructed and taught by a step-by-step process.
Student profile: Six-plus years’ experience.
Duration: One day
Location: Manchester
Date: 10 October
Cost: £250
Contact: 020 8762 4848, or visit
Paul Mitchell 
Course: Inspiration Workshops 
Content: One-day, hands-on workshops that celebrate cut, colour, style and texture. These events are streamlined to be fully focused on education in a workshop-style format. As with all hands-on classes, the attendees will have the opportunity to learn and practice new technical haircuts, apply colour, discover texture techniques and learn new tricks, they will finish with a style on their mannequin head to take back to the salon to use as a “3D look book” with their guests. 
Student profile: All levels.
Duration: Day course
Location: Leeds and Chester in September.
Cost: £85+VAT or 2,500 Signature Salon Points
Contact: 0845 659 0011, or email
Course: Reset Time with Andrew Barton
Content: A theory and practical format provides the perfect platform for tapping in to the affluent mature market. Blending creativity and commercial looks, Andrew Barton shares the secrets of classy styles helping to turn back the clock for older clients. 
Student profile: Intermediate/advanced.
Duration: One day
Location: Redken Exchange, London W6
Date: 19 October
Cost: £350/35,000 points
Contact: 020 8762 4239, or email
Saks Academies
Course name: Trends Advanced Autumn/Winter 
Content: The Saks artistic team share their ideas and inspiration in a comprehensive package of workshops and demonstrations covering four female cuts, three colour methods and three men’s cuts – each reflecting current trends and exploring the translation of catwalk looks to quick and usable salon techniques.
Student profile: Qualified stylists with a minimum one year’s salon experience.
Duration: Up to four days
Location: Saks London Academies, Covent Garden, and Saks Northern Academies, Darlington.
Cost: £260 per day, London, £200 per day, Darlington.
Contact: 020 7395 3624, or visit
Salon Services
Course: Long Hair Dressing & Styling Course
Content: Demonstrations and practical sessions on a variety of techniques and styles including French rolls, chignons, ballet buns, beehives and coils. Certificate awarded upon course completion. 
This course is a perfect addition to any stylist’s portfolio of hairdressing skills. Accredited by Habia (qualifies for six hours towards CPD) and Professional Beauty Direct.
Student profile: NVQ Level 1 or 2 standard.
Duration: Day course
Location: Venues across the UK
Cost: £65+VAT
Contact: 0800 980 9961, or visit
Course: Trilogy
Content: Opportunity for intensive immersion into the Sassoon ethos of hair design for those eager to experience education in cut and colour at every level. The teaching and learning philosophy for this diploma course has been developed in the form of a pyramid, with a focus on building the foundations of the craft to the pinnacle of creativity.
Student Profile: Technical knowledge essential. 
Duration: Five-day course
Location: Sassoon Academy, London
Dates: 12 September/7 November 
Price: £1,110 
Contact: 020 7399 6902, or visit 
Schwarzkopf Professional
Course: Mahogany Bespoke Courses – Future Trends
Content: Fashion-forward odyssey for experienced hairdressers wishing to advance their creative work to the next level. Each student is taken on a journey of intense learning that will inspire and develop their cut and colour skills, guiding them through asymmetry and disconnection and high-impact colour techniques. 
Student profile: Advanced.
Duration: Two-day workshop 
Location: ASK Academy, London
Dates: 31 October and 1 November
Cost: £475
Contact: 020 7724 7931, or visit
Sebastian Professional
Course: Session Expert
Content: For serious stylists looking to gain the edge, this is your chance to bring along your own model and see how hair for the catwalk comes together. Dom Capel, UK creative style artist, provides an expert’s overview on the world of session styling, and how a clothes stylist and make-up artist perfect a photo shoot finish.
Student profile: Hairdressers who enjoy the artistic side of the profession and want to understand the skill behind styling for the catwalk and camera.
Duration: One day
Location: Edinburgh, London and Manchester Studios
Cost: On request
Contact: London 020 7637 7172, Manchester 0161 834 2645, or visit
Course: TIGI Classics
Content: All-inclusive training programme designed to develop the craft into an art, with explanations for every cut required in your daily work. The course defines techniques, sectioning patterns and weight distribution, providing full knowledge of the fundamental shapes of the haircuts that formulate every hairstyle.
Student profile: All qualified hairdressers wanting to improve their techniques.
Duration: Three days
Location: TIGI Creative Academy, London
Cost: £695+VAT
Contact: 01895 458595, or visit
Toni & Guy
Course: Session and Editorial
Content: Drawing on the expertise of a session team with experience of working on more than 70 London Fashion Week shows a year, this flexible course explores the fundamentals through to creative freedom, providing an invaluable insight into session hairdressing. 
The course includes an overview of key trends and techniques showcased at the latest London Fashion Week shows; plus long hair techniques.
Student profile: Qualified stylist with an understanding of dressing hair.
Duration: Available in single or multiple day format  
Location: London Academy, London
Cost: £235 per day
Contact: 020 7836 0606, or visit   
Course: Divas and Dudes
Content: A fun course educating stylists in methods of cutting with clippers. An inspirational change from cutting with scissors, all demonstrations consist of both men’s and women’s haircuts and students are given the opportunity to practice the skills learnt on the course on mannequins and live models.
Student profile: Two to three years’ experience. 
Duration: Two days
Location: Wahl Academy, Herne Bay, Kent
Cost: £300
Contact: 01227 740555, or visit  
Wella Professionals
Course: Creative Cut & Colour with Inspirational Art Teams 
Content: Get together with the hottest talent from some of the world’s leading salons.
The art teams are the renowned trendsetters for the industry and in this course they showcase their latest cutting and colouring ideas. These are exciting, quick-fire sessions, crackling with creative energy within a demo/workshop format.
Student profile: Hairdressers who want to be inspired in the latest cutting and colouring trends.
Duration: One day
Location: London and Manchester Studios
Cost: £300
Contact: World Studio London 020 7637 7172/Studio Manchester 
0161 834 264
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