What should you look for in a hair academy?

Choosing a hair academy is often a tricky decision - there are a variety of things to consider and it can be difficult to navigate the many options. Here at LHAA, all of our courses are designed with the learner in mind, we aim to provide the best possible training that is both easy to understand and practical for learners acquiring their first job in the industry. Hairdressing is one of the few industries that allows employees to work creatively and encourages fresh ideas. In addition to this, hairdressing is great for those who enjoy interacting with different people on a daily basis. One minute you could be covering for the receptionist welcoming people to their appointments and next you could be restyling someone's hair. If you are reading this then chances are you are currently in the process of deciding what course to do and which academy to go with. It is important to have a few things at the forefront of your checklist when visiting and scouting different Hairdressing Courses. This post will give you some food for thought and help you find the perfect Hair Academy for your needs.

If you would like to check out the range of Hairdressing Apprenticeships & Courses that we offer then please head on over to the link provided. We look forward to helping you on your journey towards a career in hairdressing.

Cost Effective & Payment Options

One of the main necessities for any purchase is always price. Not only how cheap something is but how good the quality of the service is. It is important to find out what exactly is included in your hairdressing course. Find out if there are additional purchases such as scissors, clothing and other items that may be needed. In addition to this, finding out which modules you will be doing and how much theoretical and practical work there is will also be a great idea - Ensuring there is a balance between the two will mean you learn the technical skills and also the theory behind this.


There are a variety of different ways to fund an apprenticeship or hairdressing course. Firstly, there is the Advanced Learner Loan. This is a loan that is government-funded - It is aimed at helping learners loan the money of their courses. In addition to this, once borrowed you will not need to pay back the loan until you start to earn over 25,000 a year. If you want to find out a bit more about the advanced learner loan then please feel free to speak with a member of the LHAA team. The entry requirements can be found on the link provided, the main one being that learners must be over the age of 19.

Another option is the Professional Career Development Loan that we offer - This is a commercial bank loan that can be acquired to help with the funding of your hairdressing or barbering course - Speak with a member of the LHAA team and we will be happy to help answer any questions on this.

State of the art facilities

A hairdressing academy needs to have the best equipment for its learners. Academy life is the perfect stepping stone to help learners find and start their first career within the industry. It is important for you to make sure that the academy you are considering has amazing facilities that are regularly updated. You want to make sure that the tools and training rooms have all the tools that you need to develop and progress your hairdressing skills.

Hair Academies are fully functioning salons with various customers coming in for hair cuts. It will provide you with the exposure you need to the hairdressing environment. Working and seeing this environment will help you decide whether hairdressing is the career choice for you. In addition to this, you will also be primed and ready to start work in a bustling London Salon once you have finished your Hairdressing Course or Apprenticeship. One thing that people often overlook is the training rooms and facilities. You want to make sure that when studying you will be in a classroom like an environment with the options to ask questions and constantly learn.

We have 5 Hair Academies Across London and are proud to say that the facilities really are state of the art in each of these. You can check the different academies by heading over to the link provided. Regardless of the Hair Academy, you choose to learn with; you will need to make sure that you are located within an easily commutable distance.

Career Opportunities

Whilst it is a great learning and perfecting your new found hairdressing skills, it is important to start thinking about what you want to do upon the completion of your apprenticeship or course. Depending on which course you do, the end of that course may be a lot sooner than you think and planning ahead for this is definitely advised. Once a fully qualified hairdresser, there are many different routes that you can head down. If studying towards a level 2 then you can further your learning up to a level 3. If further studying is not for you, then you can head into the salon world and start working at a busy London salon. It is important to check with your hair academy to see what options there are once the course is finished.

At the LHAA we are proud to work with 100s of salons across London and surrounding areas to help learners who are near the end of their course to find jobs. Having these networks means that we can start this relationship early on in the course so that you can start the discussion with potential employers a lot sooner. One of the other options that learners take is to head down the self-employment route - whilst this is great in terms of flexibility and being your own boss we definitely urge those to think carefully about this to make sure that there is not too much pressure placed on the learner. The team members at LHAA will be able to talk you through all of the options to make sure that you are able to find something the suits you.

Who is LHAA?

LHAA is one of the nations leading hairdressing apprenticeship providers. We love working with a range of learners all looking to get into the exciting world of hairdressing or barbering. Our aim is simple, to provide learners with the education they deserve in a fun, friendly and focused environment. You will not only gain a great certification at the end of the course but will have likely create some great friendships with fellow like-minded people.

We encourage those who are currently looking into a hairdressing course to head on down to one of the upcoming open days at one of our salons. This will allow you to ask any questions that you may have about hairdressing and also speak with the teachers and learners. We encourage collaboration and are all one team working towards the success of our learners.

Please get in touch if you have any questions and we look forward to meeting you.

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