Advanced Hair

Advanced Hair

This 6-week course has been designed by media hairdressers to cover all aspects of contemporary and period techniques.

This unique Advanced level hair course has been designed by hairdressers working within the Film, TV, and Theatre industries to meet the demand for thoroughly trained assistants in all aspects of contemporary and period hairdressing techniques.

The final week includes 2 photoshoots with a professional photographer to produce high quality photos of your work to add to your portfolio.

As a prerequisite for the course, you must have taken the Period Wigs and Hollywood Hair courses with us at Delamar OR be able to provide us with evidence of sufficient experience.

What you will learn

You will learn how to set real hair lace wigs (as used in the industry) into the key period styles — Edwardian, Early and Late Victorian, 1920s fingerwaves, 1930s, 1940s, and the fundamental techniques to approach all hairstyles, both contemporary and historical.

Skills such as marcel waving, how to make a cage and design and create a hairstyle around it, as well as laying on facial hair, how to use padding, switches and pieces, and how to set, steam and dress acrylic wigs are invaluable for working in the industry.

You will also be taught how to style men’s hair with tonging and barrel curls, and how to set flunkie wigs and dress them out.

You will learn how to properly research historical periods and collate appropriate reference material from which to create the hairstyles.

Tips and tricks such as how to make a wig fit the head when it has not been specially made for the actor, how to blend the actor’s hairline into the wig, and how to understand hair continuity are just a few of the elements which also set this hair course apart from any other.

How you will learn it

The course is taught through daily demonstrations and workshops, followed by hands-on practical work, supervised by the tutors.

Repetition of key skills, combined with project work and steadily increasing complexity of styles, will lead to the development and progress of your abilities.

In the final week, there will be time set aside to address areas of difficulty and re-visit fundamental techniques.

There will also be 2 hair projects to complete, in order to fully consolidate your hair skills — both contemporary and period, which will be photographed by a professional photographer, in order to provide high quality photos to add to your portfolio.

Where you will learn it

The light and airy classrooms of Delamar Academy are located within the world-famous Ealing Studios in West London. 

In our spacious classrooms, you’ll have your own personal workstation – including professional lighting and equipment. A large prosthetics workshop is based on site at Ealing Studios. Ealing Studios is home to a number of other companies that form a real media community, with visual effects, production, editing, outside broadcast, and record companies all represented. There is also the Met Film School, which offers a first step in studio experience for our own students when they work on graduate films.

Your next steps

Applicants to our advanced courses should have some experience in the techniques you’ll be using. Please call us to discuss your experience to date and see whether this is the most suitable course for you. Beyond experience, there are only two requirements for entry to the course:

  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • If English is not your first language, you must have a good standard of spoken English (equivalent to IELTS 6).

Check out the dates of the next course in the course dates section located in the sidebar.

Please call our Enrolment Advisor on 0208 579 9511 or email admissions@delamaracademy.co.uk to discuss your course needs and qualifications and to arrange an informal interview.

Following a successful interview a 25% deposit (£1,500) and a completed enrolment form will guarantee your place on the course. The rest is due a month before the course start.

Find out more about fees, payment schedules, and possible funding opportunities in the Enrolment and Fees section of our FAQ.

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Personal Recommendation

“The course was everything I expected and more. The tutors and their invaluable advice was by far the best thing about it for me. Hearing about their experiences and careers further established how I’d made the right decision choosing Delamar and this career path. I really enjoyed hair work, especially wigs, so I picked it as my ‘Advanced’ module.”

Rosanna Sinfield, Graduated 2015 (Cert HE in Professional Make-up Design)

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