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Lee Stafford curling someone's blonde hair in a salon

Hairdressing & Barbering

Be a Cut Above With East Durham College

If you're creative and great at working with your hands, why not consider training to be a hairdresser or a barber with East Durham College?

Taught at our Peterlee campus in our fantastic, purpose-built hairdressing salons, you'll learn the ins and outs of everything hair from highly experienced hairdressers and barbers with years of experience in the industry.

Whether you want to specialise in women's or men's hair, or maybe do a bit of both, studying at EDC can make it happen!

Before we delve too much into what makes our hairdressing and barbering courses so great, check it out for yourself with our video!

The Region's Only Lee Stafford Hair Training Academy

If you're serious about a career in hairdressing, there's no better place to learn your craft than at East Durham College's Lee Stafford Hairdressing Academy!

Launched in September 2019, the college is partnered with internationally-renowned celebrity hairstylist Lee Stafford to bring a new and exciting Level 2 and Level 3 course programme.

There are so many benefits to this new partnership for our students, including:

  • Learning the latest trends and styles from one of the UK's best hairdressers.
  • Exclusive Lee Stafford 'recipes' - students receive videos and recipe books from Lee, showing how to create the latest hairstyles.
  • Masterclass opportunities with Lee himself, and the Lee Stafford team.
  • Training from East Durham College's specialist hairdressing team, trained by the Lee Stafford Academy to deliver the best training in the industry.
  • Gain the employment edge associated with the Lee Stafford name - salons across the North East and beyond will all recognise you've received best-in-class training.

This is the only place in our region with a Lee Stafford academy, so there's truly no better place to learn hairdressing in the North East than right here at East Durham College!

Our College Hairdressing Salon Facilities

At EDC, we have a dedicated commercial hair salon that's open to the public. This means that you won't just be practising on mannequins and wigs - you'll get real, working experience of what it's like to work in a salon during your time with us.

Links with various hairdressing suppliers help us to provide you with the latest equipment and products, simulating a realistic salon environment.

The salon itself includes everything you'd expect from a commercial salon, including workstations with adjustable chairs, large-size mirrors and sinks for washing hair.

Alongside our salon facilities, hairdressing and barbering students also work in large-size professional workshops, where our tutors will help you to hone your skills.

Hone Your Craft in Competitions & Training

Want to show off your skills? As well as gaining knowledge through your tuition, we also offer a great enrichment and events programme as part of your hairdressing and barbering course.

We regularly encourage our students to compete in different competitions during the college year and many previous students have gone on to win prestigious competitions both regionally and at a national level.

Due to our excellent links with industry, we're able to provide training sessions and masterclasses with experienced external hairdressers and barbers too.

Industry Links

Our strong links with the industry allow us to monitor and cascade emerging trends to students, allowing them to develop their skills further with organisations like TONI&GUY and Rusk Training.

Full time students are given the opportunity to attend one-day-a-week work placements, leading in many cases to employment.

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