Creative Careers


Beauty Therapy through both Practical and Theoretical applications.

The Hair Academy South West stresses the commitment of excellence in hairdressing training. It is operated and owned by hairdressers who have been and are still successful in the industry. Our tutors, who are winners of numerous awards, have been helping young people to become hairdressers since 1987 and are at the forefront of this exciting career with high achievement rates.

Coming soon in Sept 2011 Beauty Therapy

From September 2011 we will be offering Beauty Therapy training in the Hair & Beauty Academy. You will be taught by qualified Beauty Therapists who will help you learn the essential art of Beauty Therapy through practical theoretical applications. We offer both government funded apprenticeships and private funded courses all built around your individual needs. For more information please click here.

It makes sense to break the mould


With a private education and a degree, Niki Moores defies the stereotype of the hairdresser.

It was during a ski season in Meribel that she realised her true ambition was to go into hairdressing. Her parents were concerned, but she applied for an apprenticeship with West End salon Michael Van Clarke and 18 months later is a stylist and self-employed partner in the business.

‘I am now entitled to 40 percent of the income from my clients, and my potential earnings are limitless,’ says Niki, 24 from Purley, Surrey.

A haircut from Niki costs around £50, and she has been nominated for the Junior of The Year prize at the British Hairdressing Business Awards. Technical and creative skills are essential, she says, but there’s more to it than that. ‘At this level, you must be able to talk intelligently with clients about the latest exhibitions, plays and films.

‘I try to help clients in anyway that I can – if they want a number for a local restaurant, or library, I will make time to find it,’ she says.

‘Be wary of misconceptions about this industry. I had to be strong to approach my parents about my career choice, but now they are proud that i have come so far so quickly,’.

Focus is key to success

Alfie Booth left a degree course in media studies to train as a hairdresser. Now 24, he is entering the British Hairdresser Awards for the second time, having reached the final six in his category in 2006.
‘I always enjoyed being creative and one day while having my haircut, I realised I’d like to try it,’ he says. Alfie (pictured) admits when he started as an apprentice at the Andrew Collinge salon in Manchester he had never used a blow-dryer. ‘So it was a steep learning curve,’ he says.

But he loved the work immediately and was fast-tracked through training. Two and a half years later, he is a senior stylist at the salon, the kind of job that pays £20,000 to £30,000 a year.
‘As well as seeing clients at the salon, I am entering competitions and have recently worked on the Central St Martin’s and John Moores University fashion degree shows.’ he says. ‘To get to the top, you have to be focused on success, be persistent and keep trying until an idea really works well.’