What?! YOU become a hairdresser in less than six months.

“What, YOU become a hairdresser in less than six months – it takes YEARS to become a hairdresser!” was pretty much the normal remark from friends when I announced my intention to move away from my business to business marketing career, and step into the hairdressing industry. Six months later and I AM qualified as a hairdresser. But, more important than the qualification itself, is everything that contributed to that qualification – from day one, never having done anything remotely connected with hairdressing previously, I was cutting hair on the head of a real live human and what’s more, they liked what I had done!

I did look at other organisations offering similar courses, but am glad I chose Nicky’s salon, for a number of reasons; firstly, the man’s (Nicky Oliver’s) background, credential and personality, and the fact that they are Manchester City Centre based means they are at the “cutting edge” (no pun intended!) of hairdressing; secondly, our trainer Alison, whilst demonstrating excellent hairdressing techniques, coaching skills and patience, was a joy to work with, ensuring my fellow trainees and I always felt “secure” (despite me being so far outside my comfort zone) – I loved every minute of being there; thirdly, the course delivers exactly what it says because of the intense level of coaching.

I have just finished Level 2 and now intend to work freelance for a couple of years, hone my skills further and then set up a salon. I would wholeheartedly recommend the Nicky’s Academy to anyone who is looking to get a fast-track, painless entry into the industry.

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32 Oldham Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester. M1 1JN           Tel: 0161 241 0380, (Calls from outside UK: 0161 241 0380)

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From his Manchester based hairdressing school, the secret of the success of Nicky Oliver is his drive and ambition to be at the top of his profession and his understanding that this is achieved by talent, hard work and determination. He surrounds himself with hard working, ambitious people who share his drive for success.

Nicky built his Manchester hair academy and training business around this strong team, with Nicky Oliver as a motivating influence, passing on his knowledge and skills to help others fulfil their own potential. Nicky Oliver leads a prolific team, directing photographic shoots with his internationally renowned artistic team.



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