Hairdresser Training and Education

Hairdresser Training Courses with Industry Icons

by sophieh / May 8, 2008

There aren’t many industries where you get the opportunity to come face-to-face with your icon on a course or at a seminar.

Thankfully, British hairdressing is thriving and some of the industry’s award-winning hairdressers are offering brilliant courses.

So, if you’ve ever wondered where Sacha Mascolo-Tarbuck gets her inspiration from, or how Akin Konizi puts together an award-winning collection, then look no further than our comprehensive guide to courses run by some of this decade’s most influential hairdressers.

Nick-Irwin-Education.jpgIf you want to improve your commercial work, then what better way to do so than with TIGI’s Total Concept course with European creative director Nick Irwin, and European education director Akos Bodi? The first part of the two-day course will explore how you can be creative with your hairdressing, how to see what the camera sees, and what you need to consider when creating a total image. The second part of the course will focus on what to look for in a model and you’ll hold a casting to find a model for a photoshoot on day two, where you’ll be doing the hair. This course is held in Bed Head Studio with the Bed Head team on hand to support you.

Interested? 0844 844 0950 or

Andrew-Barton-Education.jpgThe Saks Academies are great venues for training, but if getting out of the salon is a problem, you might be interested to hear that Saks offers bespoke training with Andrew Barton. This unique service is designed for groups of more than six people, and a course will be tailor-made to suit your needs. You can choose from any of the courses in the prospectus and mix-and-match to make the perfect course for your team.

Interested? 020 7395 3624 or

Zoe-Irwin-Education.jpgHair Trends with Zoe Irwin, creative director of Headmasters, is held at L’Oréal’s International Academy. Zoe will inspire attendees with hot trends straight from the catwalk and the course covers everything from using hair pieces to blending styling products for up-to-the minute time-saving results. Zoe draws on years of experience working with top session stylist Guido Palau to present a day of catwalk techniques that will give you an extra edge in styling and finishing.

Interested? 020 8762 4200 or


If you want to know more about putting together a photoshoot, then the Matrix Photoshoot Live course with Hooker & Young is the perfect opportunity to learn from these award-winning artists. It will include make-up artists, clothes stylists and photographers to show you how to create a perfect photo shoot.

Interested? 020 8762 4848 or

Errol-Douglas-Education.jpgStep into the fantasy world of avant-garde hairdressing with Matrix Avant Garde and Errol Douglas MBE. Errol will share his inspiration, vision and talent, creating directional and inspirational looks in front of you. You’ll work with professional models and make-up artists, to create spectacular avant-garde hair.

Interested? 020 8762 4848 or

Michael-Barnes-Education.jpgMulti-award-winning hairdresser Michael Barnes is renowned for his work with model Lily Cole and A-lister Kiera Knightley, and has a reputation for being a master of long hair. Long Hair With Michael Barnes at the Goldwell Academy, gives hairdressers an avenue in which to express their creativity, and introduces new opportunities in the salon with hair-up or dressing services. You’ll learn how to dress and style long hair for everyday clients and the catwalk.

Interested? 020 7318 4000 or

Sacha-mascolo-tarbuck-educa.jpgIf you are excited about fashion and the world of editorial hair then the Toni & Guy Hair-Up and Editorial course is for you. It’s no secret that fashion is an obsession at Toni & Guy, so who better to learn from than the official haircare sponsors to London Fashion Week? The course, run by Sacha Mascolo-Tarbuck and the Toni & Guy International Artistic Team, covers the fundamentals of editorial hair, while getting the balance of using your creative freedom. It’s a great opportunity to draw on the experience of one of the most prolific session teams on the circuit, with the flexibility to attend all five days or just part of the course, depending on experience.

Interested? 020 7836 0606 or


If you yearn for more creative freedom but haven’t quite found your own cutting style, then Artistic Licence featuring Luke Walton, Charlie Taylor and Paul Stafford is for you. Held at Schwarzkopf’s Ask Academy, it focuses on the prospect that achieving creative freedom is as much about mindset as it is about skill, and once you have the confidence to experiment with hair, a new world of hairdressing will open up to you.

Interested? 020 7724 7931 or

Tim-Hartley-Education.jpgTim Hartley is one of the world’s greatest hairdressers. After a 30-year career at Vidal Sassoon culminating in his role as international creative director, Tim has left the corporate world to concentrate on his own stunning visions of hair design. Designer Cutting with Tim Hartley is held at the L’Oréal International Academy and is a chance to see Tim’s latest cutting collection, while he shares his expertise and skills.

Interested? 020 8762 4200 or


Beverly C has scooped HJ British Hairdresser of the Year twice, and her Trend Inspirations Cut and Colour Course is an opportunity to learn the latest techniques. Held at the Goldwell Academy, the one-day course will focus on interpreting current looks, in a look-and-learn format, followed by a hands-on workshop.

Interested? 020 7318 4000 or

Trevor-Sorbie-Education.jpgMy New Hair with Trevor Sorbie is specifically designed to educate hairdressers on cutting wigs for people suffering from hair loss through chemotherapy or alopecia. The course is held at the L’Oréal International Academy, where Trevor will personally demonstrate how to customise long and short wigs. Students will have the opportunity to practise cutting wigs, under the supervision of Trevor, and all proceeds will go to the My New Hair charity.

Interested? 020 8762 4200 or


Darren Ambrose is HJ’s current Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year, and his work is featured in the most coveted fashion, style and hair publications throughout the world. His Long Hair Course, held at the Wella Professionals World Studio, London, is an opportunity to get hands-on practical experience and work side-by-side with Darren in a practical workshop developing your long hair techniques.

Interested? 020 7637 7172 or

guy-kremer-education.jpgGuy Kremer is at the cutting-edge of fashion, and his Long Hair Workshop at L’Oréal’s International Academy will leave you motivated and inspired. His stunning long hair work has a unique Parisian flair that is in a class of its own. Elegant and sophisticated, Guy has the knack of showing how to master long hair effortlessly and creatively. A rare opportunity to learn from one of the country’s most talented educators.

Interested? 020 8762 4200 or

Akin-konizi-education.jpgIf you want to know what inspires twice HJ British Hairdresser of the Year nominee, Akin Konizi, then check out An Evening With Akin Konizi at the Wella Professionals Studio, Manchester. The event will enable the audience to share in Akin’s passion, by watching him and other Best of British hairdressers at work in a demonstration, which will be followed by a model workshop.

Interested? 0161 834 2645 or

Mark-Leeson-Education.jpgSchwarzkopf Professional British Colour Technician of the Year Mark Leeson, will reveal his techniques on cutting for clients with a couture edge, on his Couture Cutting Course at the Goldwell Academy. In his Couture Colouring Course Mark will unveil his unique, award-winning techniques including threading, shadowing and splash. Alternatively, if you’re an established hairdresser who wants to discover the world of photographic hairdressing, then his Couture Finishing Course is for you.

Interested? 020 7318 4000 or


Former HJ British Hairdresser of the Year, Lisa Shepherd, is renowned for her colour expertise. A Guest Evening with Lisa Shepherd at the Clynol academy is a rare opportunity to see what inspires her and why she’s so passionate about hairdressing. It’s a rare insight into Lisa’s enormous creative vision and her journey to the top.

Interested? 020 7724 7931 or


Get an extra injection of creativity with Lee Stafford’s Creative Unplugged course at the Redken Academy where Lee will share the vision that drives his creative team forward.

Interested? 0208 762 4239 or



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