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A career in hairdressing and barbering can take you anywhere in the world, from working in a spa, at holiday resorts and on film and TV sets, to cruise liners and even the theatre. It’s hard work but it’s exciting!

Based in our commercial hairdressing salon, The Lounge, you will work with paying clients, creating beautiful hair designs, perfecting your cutting skills and discovering how to trim men’s facial hair with precision.

St Helens College offers an extensive range of courses from level 1 qualifications through to degree level study.

You will benefit
The Lounge features a hairdressing salon, three treatment rooms and a nail bar with additional spa facilities including a monsoon shower, ice facility, dry flotation chamber, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi.

You will succeed
You will have the opportunity to work with local employers and industry specialists, gaining insight and experience of working in this diverse and exciting industry.

To ensure that you stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs or additional qualifications, we encourage you to participate in events such as the Association of Hairdressing and Therapists (AHT) annual competition and WorldSkills UK.

You will stand out
There's never been a better time to become a part of the industry, with so many career opportunities to choose from in a wide variety of settings such as salons, hotels, care homes, cruise ships or even the armed forces. You could even become self-employed or set up your own salon.

Our courses are not just about helping you to gain your qualification, you will also build a great deal of work experience, new working contacts, develop friendships, relevant knowledge and life-long skills.

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Inspiring Success

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“Being able to practise my skills on paying clients has given me the confidence to secure an apprenticeship working in a local salon.”

Nicole, Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing Studies

Read Nicole's full story
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Why study Hairdressing and Barbering with us?

Real Experience

Practise your skills and knowledge by cutting, colouring and styling paying customers' hair.

Extensive Courses

We have a diverse range of courses with excellent progression opportunities.

Experienced Tutors

Tutors have industry experience and a passion for the subjects they teach.

Industry Competitions

Stand out from the crowd with prestigious competitions such as WorldSkills and AHT.

Creative Environment

Develop your creativity and skills in our modern, commercial hairdressing salon, The Lounge.

Latest Brands

You will work with the latest salon brands such as L’Oréal and OSMO.