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Our guide to hairdresser training courses

Hairdressing courses cover a range of topics relating to the practical application and understanding of hairdressing in a professional environment, including colouring, health & safety and client consultation. Typically hairdressing courses will be an area of focused study; occasionally however, it will form part of a hairdressing and beauty course. The majority of courses prepare students for professional employment in a hairdressing salon and, therefore, you will need to have the ability to work independently and creatively.

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What others are saying about hairdresser training

Enjoyable and informative

Where: Create Beautiful Hair

What: 2 Day Hair Styling Course - Bridal - Vintage - Red Carpet - Prom - Plaits - Braids - Wedding - Hair up

by Lucy - December 2014

I recently took the 2 day wedding hair/red carpet hair course and found it really helpful, I've been hairdressing for a number of years and just felt a bit rusty on a few things and felt I needed to update my skills,I was particularly interested in learning the different plaiting techniques such as the Dutch braid and the fishtail French plait,pam made these simple to understand and I seemed to pick it up fairly quickly, We also coverd the securing of the hair and ways of hiding the pins to give a better finish which I will be doing in the future!!i now have more to offer my clients and feel much more confident,I would recommend this course to anybody new to hair or experienced :)

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Fashion, hair and beauty

When it comes to style, there’s no place quite like London. Thousands of budding stylists and hairdressers make the pilgrimage to the nation’s capital each year with stars in their eyes, hoping to hack it in the big time. Chances are, they’ve thought about more

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Subject Focus: Styling the Nation

Did you know that people who work in the hair, beauty and holistic therapies industries are some of the happiest workers in the entire UK, with the most job satisfaction? We take  a look at hairdressing  and hairstyling careers  and course ideas  to more

Hair, makeup and champagne on the job

When it comes to a bride’s big day, it’s a cliché, but everything has to be perfect. From the grand cars hired to transport all the most important members of the wedding party, right down to the confetti adorning the tables and the party favours given out more

Special offers

Hollywood Glamour Hairstyling Works...

Next start: 05th Mar 2015

Price: £149.00 £99.00

Where: Waltham Cross

Using specifically designed products from our Marilyn Monroe Sexy Hair styling range our workshop will teach you how to achieve professional...

MODERN BARBERING Fast Track

Next start: 09th Mar 2015

Price: £845.00 £695.00

Where: Sandhurst

5 Day Barbering Course MASTER THE BARBERING TECHNIQUE IN JUST 1 WEEK!! BARBERING is an art form. It gives shape and structure to hair...

Bridal Hair

Next start: 09th Mar 2015

Price: £1,000.00 £900.00

Where: Thornton Heath

One woman can achieve countless looks based on her hair, and as an upcoming hair stylist, you need to know how to make these distinctions. ...

Hair Extensions- Weaving wefts or m...

Next start: 09th Mar 2015

Price: £175.00 £105.00

Where: Croydon

Introductory Course - 10am-3pm  EUKS Training Academy's choice of courses is the perfect for everyone from complete beginners to...

Hair Extension

Next start: 10th Mar 2015

Price: £350.00 £150.00

Where: Watford

Course Content: Consultation and analysis of hair (colour, texture, wave etc) Application Product sales required for maintenance routines...

PRO Make-up and Hair Artist

Next start: 21st Mar 2015

Price: £1,300.00 £1,170.00

Where: London

Has been specially designed to ensure that you will gain all the necessery skills and knowledge to get started in this industry. This course...

Hairdressing - Fully Accredited 1 W...

Next start: 07th Apr 2015

Price: £1,500.00 £1,200.00

Where: Nottingham

The UK's ONLY Fully Accredited Barbering Fast Track Course!! Proven Professional Barbering Dast Tack Taught by a Leading Celebrity Barbering...

Hairdressing

Next start: 11th May 2015

Price: £2,950.00 £2,360.00

Where: London

We offer hairdressing apprenticeships, NVQ level 2 & 3 qualifications and private hairdressing courses. Our training site is located  on ...

1 Day Bridal Hairstyling Course

Next start: 15th Sep 2015

Price: £195.00

Where: Luton

you will learn 5 Bridal Hairstyling using extensions and pieces backcombing and volume curls dupatta/veil and head piece settings

Bridal Hair Up Course

Next start: You choose

Price: £150.00 £120.00

Where: Waltham Abbey

This one day course is specifically designed for any hairdresser that wants to extend their current skills or any makeup artist that wants...

Micro Ring Hair Extension Course

Next start: You choose

Price: £399.00 £59.00

Where: London

This course is designed to cater for compleate beginners to seasoned professionals who want to add an extra skill to their business. Micro Ring...

HAIR CARE COURSE

Next start: You choose

Price: £395.00 £365.00

Where: Bristol

If you have ever wanted to learn hairdressing ,then your never too old Come and join us at The Garyhenri Clifton Academy where we teach in a...

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Awarding organisations

  • Vocational Training Charitable Trust
  • The Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT) is an awarding organisation, approved by the UK government that specialises in the hairdressing and beauty sector. For over forty years, the Vocational Training Charitable Trust has been at the forefront of vocational education in the UK. It offers Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs), National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs), and other vocational courses in hairdressing, beauty, hospitality, complementary therapies, sport and active leisure, and more.  VTCT offers qualifications at more than 500 institutions up and down the UK.

  • British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology
  • Founded in 1977, the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) is the an awarding organisation for beauty and holistic therapies. BABTAC’s logo in a salon, hairdresser or beauty therapist’s is an assurance that the service providers have highly regarded training and qualifications, and that best practices and services are delivered. The Association also provides insurance packages, keeping in mind the respective markets and providing maximum benefits to its members through comprehensive cover. BABTAC members benefit from BABTAC’s partnership with Wahanda, and availing opportunities such as entering the BABTAC & CIBTAC annual awards, and discounts on training and business services.

  • Skillset
  • Creative Skillset, the Creative Industries' Sector Skills Council (SSC), is a body that supports the creative industry in the UK. Creative Skillset offers numerous qualifications in the creative fields, namely A-levels, diplomas, certificates, NVQs, SVQs and GCSEs. It trains its students and helps them acquire related skills as well as setting the National Occupational Standards for all occupations in the creative industries. These standards are applicable across the fields of animation, gaming, fashion, media, film, television, and advertising. 

  • Hairdressing & Beauty Industry Authority
  • Established in 1986, Habia is an awarding body and the Sector Skills Council appointed by government for beauty, nails, hair, barbering, African type hair and spa therapy.  A non-profit organisation, Habia develops and regulates all qualifications – NVQs, SVQs, Apprenticeships, and Foundation degrees – in the hair and beauty sectors, and develops industry codes of practice. The Habia Skills Academy (HSA) is part of Habia and a virtual academy, which brings together specialist learning providers in the industry.

Related careers: Hairdressing

Qualified hairdressers or stylists, shampoo, cut, colour, perm, set and dry hair, using a range of hairdressing products and techniques. They have to be aware of health and safety, and understand the effects of the chemicals in the hairdressing products they are using. Hairdressers may also undertake reception duties. Some hairdressers may specialise in traditional men's barber shop services or in African-Caribbean hairdressing techniques such as pressing, braiding, plaiting and attaching hair extensions. New entrants begin by carrying out...more