Hairdressing & Male Grooming Courses

a student doing a fellow student's hair
Getting Ahead

Hairdressing & Male Grooming Courses at South Downs Campus

Welcome to your first steps towards becoming part of our Hairdressing team. During your time with us, we aim to build upon your knowledge of the hairdressing sector, develop your hairdressing skills, enhance your creative skills and develop your customer service/consultation skills, as well as supporting you on your journey onto your target destination.

Please email your completed work to your lecturers listed below. Please also upload photos of your work to Facebook and tag @Be_HSDC so we can share and comment on your work. This will allow you to see what your future classmates have been up to!

Did you know? Hairdressers are one of the least likely professions to be replaced by a machine or robot but we use technology to aid our services. Can you think of the type of technology we use? 

a student working on a client's hair in the college salon, with their lecturer

Look around the area and surrounding areas of where you live. How many hair salons are there? Do any of them offer a more specialised service? What types of clients do these salons attract? Present your findings in whichever format you want to. Remember to include pictures.

Use Google search to help you find out the information you need. Some salons have websites that allow you to explore the salon and what is offered (keep a journal on how your journey is going and where your journey takes you).

Click here and watch some of the hair up videos and the video below. Once you’ve watched the video clips, try to recreate some hair up styles. Please can you take some photographic evidence of your work so you can track your progress at various points of the year to see how far you will have progressed.

Easy Formal Hair Messy Up Style Tutorial

Research Project

The diagram below is a cross-section of the hair shaft. Please research the different layers of the hair shaft – the cuticle, the cortex and the medulla.

  • What is their function (what do they do)?
  • Which layer of the hair shaft changes when the hair is coloured or lightened (where do the colour molecules sit in the hair shaft)?
  • What is the hair called when it is in its natural state (after you have washed it)?
  • What is the hair called when it is in its temporary fixed state (after you have blow-dried it)?

cross-sectional diagram of a hair shaft

Did you know? A strand of hair is stronger than copper wire with the same diameter.

We would like you to create a project on an Avant Garde hair up look with both written and visual evidence. Include as much detail as possible.

  • Why – why choose this as opposed to conventional styling?
  • When – when would you create this, for what reason?
  • How – how would you achieve this look? Using what tools and equipment?

Use the internet to help with your research for different looks; remember the benefit that social media can have on all of us for continued inspiration and progression.

The following video demonstrates a simple technique that is very effective. Please explore this, attempt on either your block or a client and take a photograph of your work and attach it to the end of your project.

Did you know? Avant Garde hair has been popular for decades, it allows you to be as creative and impulsive as you wish.

Welcome to your first steps of being a part of the Barbering and Male Grooming programme. During your time with us, we aim to build upon your knowledge of the male grooming and barbering industry and develop your skills in this area.

Research Project

You need to research the different types of male grooming carried out in a barbershop, for example, cutthroat shaving, shaping eyebrows, removing nose hair.

Research the different services for facial hair and hair styles. Find out as many different haircut styles and facial cut styles as you can find. Include images in your project. You can present it in either a slide show or Word document. Use Google search to help you find out the information you need to complete the research project.

Please create a style booklet with as many male hairstyles as you can find. If you have a model you can use at home, try to recreate one of the styles on him!

Did you know? A hair strand has a life span of 5 years. 

*This is a representation of your learning space and may not be the exact room you will be using

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