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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: African Hair Braiding and Weaving Classes (Booked online with Hotcourses)

by Aisha - October 2014

Good interactive course. Great class size and teacher

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Diamond Package, Make-up, Hair and ...

Next start: 03rd Nov 2014

Price: £1,599.00 £1,359.15

Where: London

You will live a dream life as Professional Make-up, Hair and Nail Artist... This course is suit for complete beginners to the industry.. ...


Next start: 03rd Nov 2014

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...


Next start: 04th Nov 2014

Price: £3,995.00 £1,599.00

Where: London

London Beauty Company provides high level training, giving you a head start in your new career as a hairdresser. We aim to help you become the...

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Next start: 12th Nov 2014

Price: £10.00 £9.50

Where: Wigan


Set and Dress Long Hair

Next start: 14th Nov 2014

Price: £120.00 £100.00

Where: Birmingham

SET AND DRESS LONG HAIR Use effective and safe working methods when setting and dressing hair Consult with client for a desired look ...

Barbering - Fully Accredited 1 Week...

Next start: 18th Nov 2014

Price: £1,500.00 £1,000.00

Where: Nottingham

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


Next start: 12th Jan 2015

Price: £2,950.00 £2,507.50

Where: London

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

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: £180.00 £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...

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...

Style and finish hair

Next start: 14th Nov 2014

Price: £120.00 £100.00

Where: Birmingham

Use effective and safe methods when styling and finishing hair Consult with client for required look Basic techniques for styling and...

Barbering - Fully Accredited Shavem...

Next start: 14th Nov 2014

Price: £595.00 £300.00

Where: Nottingham

Join Shavemaster Academy for the very best in Profesional Male Grooming Education. The UK's Only Fully Accredited Luxury Wet Shaving Course...

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Awarding organisations for hairdresser training courses

  • 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

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