Successful completion of this course will result in a Senior Hairdressing Trades Certificate, certified by the Department of Education and Skills.

Course Outline:

  • Client Consultation for Hairdressing services
  • Shampoo, Condition, Head Massage
  • Fashion Cutting and Restyling
  • Colouring Techniques
  • Permanent Waving
  • Up styling Women’s Hair
  • Health and Safety in the Salon
  • Hair Extensions
  • Hairdressing Science

Extra-Curricular Activities

Events and courses we facilitate include the following, subject to class time constraints:

  • Collaborate with Level 6 photography in the college photographic studio to capture your work.
  • Twelve-week blow- dry course in our Hairdressing Academy
  • Hair extension training on live models
  • Matrix advanced colour course on live models with top educator Peter Stephenson
  • Retail selling course by Matrix educator Peter Stephenson
  • Collaborate on a Bridal photo shoot with Level 6 Photography
  • Hairdressing training in competition work
  • Opportunity to attend Salon International in Canary Wharf, London
  • Hairdressing Erasmus placements currently in the South of France, Poland and Granada

Course Duration:

This is a full time one year course and runs from September to May.

Entry Requirements

  • QQI Hairdressing Level 5 and successful completion of Junior Trades, or equivalent
  • Qualified Hairdressers wishing to up skill

Exemptions granted to Mature Applicants. Entry is subject to interview.

Career Opportunities

  • Freelance Stylist
  • Barber
  • Salon Owner/Manager
  • Consultant
  • Wig Stylist
  • Lecturer
  • Trichologist
  • TV/Film Stylist
  • Salon Technician
  • Receptionist
  • Retail Demonstrator
  • Marketing Executive
  • Stylist on Cruise Ship

Student Testimonial


After giving it a lot of consideration, I decided to enrol in the Level 6 Hairdressing course. I am a mature student and I have run my own salon for the last 10 years. While I have found it difficult to juggle college, work and family life I am thoroughly enjoying the course. I have the found the staff to be very motivating and inspiring and there is great support and encouragement among students. I would highly recommend this course to hairdressers of all levels.


There are no fees to study this course.

Detailed Course Outline:

Client Consultation for Hairdressing Services

Studying this module will enable Students to become proficient in:

  • Consultations preceding all hairdressing services incorporating chemical services.
  • Identifying growth patterns, natural hair form, hair texture, hair density, hair porosity, hair elasticity.
  • Analysing scalp conditions, and previous treatment history.
  • Recording all information.

Shampoo, Condition, Head Massage

Studying this module equips Students with the skills to:

  • Identify shampoo and conditioner attributes and features.
  • Analyse the formulation of shampoo`s and conditioning products.
  • Investigate by testing the PH of shampoos and conditioners.
  • Demonstrate different types of massage media for shampoo, conditioner and head massage.
  • Identify equipment used for scalp massage services.

Fashion Cutting and Restyling

Studying this module equips Students with the skills to:

  • Identify reference points on the head form and understand their role in haircutting.
  • Define angles, elevations, and guidelines.
  • Demonstrate the safe and proper use of the various tools of haircutting.
  • Demonstrate uniform layers, square layers, graduated bob, asymmetric cutting, convex cutting and reverse graduation.
  • Demonstrate mastery of Fashion haircuts enhanced by fashion colour.
  • Demonstrate mastery of texturizing techniques including point cutting, brick cutting, thinning, castle serrations, Slide cutting and razor cutting.
  • Be proficient in seven blow drying techniques.

Advanced Colouring Techniques

Studying this module equips Students with the skills to:

  • Demonstrate the mastery of the following inorganic and synthetic Colouring techniques:
  • Synthetic colours including Temporary, Semi-Permanent, Quasi colour and Permanent colour.
  • Be proficient in Organic Hair Colouring.
  • Demonstrate Fashion colouring techniques including slicing, balayage, masking, colour melting, colour veil, tone on tone and tiger eye colour.
  • Demonstrate highlighting techniques using wraps, foils and mesh with a minimum of 60 to 80.
  • Create a Competitive fashion colour on mannequin or live model for photoshoots.

Permanent Waving

Studying this module equips Students with the skills to:

  • Understand the chemical changes that takes place during a Bodywave, Fashion Wave or Perm.
  • Perform a permanent modern Fashion Wave.
  • Differentiate between an acid perm, an alkali perm and an exothermic perm.
  • Be proficient in carrying out chemical straightening of the hair.
  • Accomplish the croquignole/orthodox/nine section wind, directional wind, brick wind, weave wind, root lift wind, weave and leave wind, stack wind, double wind, piggy back wind and spiral wind.
  • Test the hair for incompatible chemicals, porosity, elasticity and carry out a pre- test curl.

Creative and Advanced Up Styling

Learners will gain knowledge in:

  • Essential foundations building with hints, tricks and tips.
  • Incorporating hair cushions, hair padding and hair pieces and extensions.
  • Dressing hair, volumising, and back combing techniques.
  • Exploring the use of tongs, heated rollers, GHD, and the wand.
  • Braiding, Plaiting and weaving hair.
  • Vintage Up Styling.
  • Bridal Up Styling with opportunities to do a full bridal photoshoot.

Health and Safety in the Salon

On completing this module, learners will be able to:

  • Understand your responsibilities, how to identify potential risks and hazards and how to report them correctly.
  • Explore how to deal with emergency and evacuation procedures, security protocols and firefighting requirements.
  • Learn about your responsibilities to ensure high standards of hygiene are applied when carrying out treatments.
  • Understand the contents of a salon`s Health and Safety policy.
  • Acknowledge the role and responsibilities of an employee and the roles and responsibilities of an employer.
  • Demonstrate skin testing procedures.

Hair Extensions

Studying this module equips Students with the skills to:

  • Follow health and safety hair extension guidelines.
  • Perform Client extension consultations.
  • Sectioning and preparation of the hair.
  • Apply different types of hair extensions.
  • Colour matching and blending the hair.
  • Care and maintain your hair extensions.
  • Safely removing hair extensions.
  • Razor, cut and trim hair extensions.
  • Demonstrate aftercare and products consultations.

Hairdressing Science

Studying this module Students gain knowledge in:

  • The autonomy and physiology of the head, neck and hand.
  • The science of permanent waving – all types to include reduction and oxidation.
  • The science of hair colouring and decolouring including bleaching.
  • Salon Management.
  • Personal Hygiene and sanitation and sterilisation in relation to salon work.
  • Structure of growth of hair, protein and skin, their functions and properties.
  • Structure and functions of the skull.
  • Elementary autonomy and Physiology.
  • Science testing prior to chemical services.
  • Common chemicals employed in hairdressing and their effects.
  • Health and Safety.

Assessment Criteria: Written and Practical Examinations

Work Placement

While work experience is not a mandatory requirement for certification, it is strongly recommended that students gain 3 days work experience in a busy, suitable salon.

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