3 weeks Full-Time course

The Art of Hairstyling


February 08th – 26th 2021

May 10th – 28th 2021


Full-time Monday – Friday
10:00 AM – 4:30 PM



Do you aspire to establish or gain a new perspective in your career as a professional Hair-Stylist, working across the fashion, film and TV industries?

Course Overview

This internationally-renowned 3-Week Intensive Course lies at the very heart of our work at the  Academy. Equally beneficial to session artists new to the industry, or already established artists looking to invigorate & elevate your industry profile with new techniques – This course is dedicated exclusively to the Art of Session Hair Styling!

Designed as a series of Masterclass Sessions – you will gain invaluable hair styling skills – essential to step confidently onto any international Fashion, Beauty, Film, or Tv set. This course is very popular with stylists from the UK, as well as artists travelling from all across the world, passionate to build a versatile session career.

Packed with core session styling techniques across the 3 weeks, as well as an editorial portfolio photoshoot on the final day – This course is perfect for artists driven & ambitious to build & elevate your career with technical and artistic confidence & finesse.

While the unique opportunity to undertake only a certain number of modules was created out of a clear understanding of professional needs, we highly recommend the course to be taken as a 3-week, full-time, program.

By completing the full curriculum, you will get the opportunity to flourish and evolve through consistent practice in a wide spectrum of styling-methods and the creative challenges set by our fantastic team of tutors.

Book this course today & Join the fantastic international talent this course attracts & Nurture your ambitions to grow as an artist in an intense learning environment!


Key skills covered on the course are:

  • How to handle diverse hair types with confidence
  • Assessing and managing hair in ways that let your imagination flow
  • Providing on-going care for all hair-types
  • In-depth Product Knowledge & Understanding
  • The perfect Session Blow-Dry
  • Sophisticated Waving & Curling Techniques
  • Afro-Hair Styling
  • Catwalk and High-Fashion Styles
  • International Feature Film Hair-Styling
  • Photographic Hair-Styling
  • Wig / Hair Extension Techniques
  • Working towards a Creative Brief
  • Building your Taste Level & Creative Confidence
  • Add images to your Portfolio

Tools & requirements

A complete kit is required to take part in the course. The styling tools you will need to bring along to all classes are: Professional hair dryer with diffuser, Straightening irons, Velcro rollers, Curling tongs (no wands!), Tail comb, Large Tooth comb, Cutting comb, Small & Medium Bristle brushes, Paddle brush, Denman brush, Section clips, Hairdressing scissors,Water spray. The Kevin Fortune Hair Styling Academy will provide all the styling-products needed during classes.

Week One

Blow Drying Techniques

Module One: Blow-drying Techniques

Over the two day course-module, you will gain expertise towards achieving beautifully finished, polished hair-styles through a variety of Blow-Drying Techniques.

An array of key areas, such as Hair-Assessment, Care and Preparation skills will be covered on this course – vital skills to ensure you can gain any artist’s trust in your expertise.

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For any stylist the protection and care for their clients’ hair should always go hand in hand with your desire to achieve healthy-looking, lustrous hair.

Today’s incredibly diversity of care- and styling-products can be intimidating. This module aims towards empowering you to make expert-choices, that accomplish magnificent Blow-Drying results – without compromising your duty to look after your clients’ hair.

  • The Science of hair and understanding different hair textures
  • Look at various hair products to support and protect healthy hair
  • Understanding key styling tools
  • Sectioning & Preparation of hair
  • Blow drying techniques to achieve a variety of styles
  • How to create Height, Body & Texture through Blow-Drying
  • Using Velcro rollers
  • Directional blow-drying
  • Backcombing and Root Lift
  • Brushing out and finishing styles for a shoot or live event
  • Changing hairstyles during a shoot

Duration: 2 days – Monday & Tuesday

Waving and Curling Techniques

Module Two: Waving & Curling Techniques

Throughout this three-day course module, you will encounter some of the most influential styling methods of the 20th century. As modern styles still very much draw inspiration from all decades of the last century, period-waving and curling techniques are still integral skills to have as a versatile stylist – being asked to reference certain historical periods, remains one of the key elements to almost every creative style-brief.

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This course will help you gain ground-knowledge on the technical intricacies of methods such as Marcel Waves, Finger Waves & Pin Curls (20’s, 30’s, 40’s). You will be taught how to accomplish sophisticated waves by combining period styling methods with modern tools.

The aim of this module lies in encouraging you to ‘play’ confidently with historical references – So you can start to explore a sense of freedom in manipulating hair in ways that allow you to achieve artistically ambitious and exciting new perspectives. Each style-tutorial ends with translating your new-found skills into contemporary styles with a certain Period-Twist.

  • Period Pin Curling technique
  • Period Marcel Waves
  • Analyzing and negotiating the direction of curls and Directional Setting of hair
  • 20’s, 30’s, 40’s Waves
  • 50’s, 60’s, 70’s Lift, Body, Volume
  • Roller sets, Velcro Sets
  • Creating sophisticated curls with Heated-Tongs & Heated Curling Irons
  • Finger waves
  • Big, Bold, Voluminous Hair
  • Pinning & Securing styles hair for dancers / performers

Duration: 3 days – Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

Week Two

Afro Hair

Module Three: Afro-hair

Throughout the three-day course, you will be shown how to identify the unique variations in textures of Afro hair and learn about the best products to hydrate and protect hair to achieve beautiful styles.

You will begin to grasp key-skills to explore a world of fantastic styling options unique to this hair-texture – from using traditional techniques, such as Plaiting, and Cane-Rows – to various methods of Smoothing Hair, adding Extensions & Hair-pieces & styling Wigs.

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The aim of this course is for you to appreciate the unique styling needs and wonderful creative possibilities of Afro hair. Having versatile knowledge in this field will add an essential and extremely marketable string to your set of styling skills.

  • The science of curly to Afro-hair.
  • Blow-drying afro and curly hairUsing heated appliances on Afro-hair.
  • Protecting and Care for all curly hair textures.
  • How to Plait and Cane-Row hair using traditional methods and techniques.
  • How to attach Lace Front Wigs
  • Attaching wefts to Cane-Rows
  • How to use Half Wigs
  • Adding & Styling Extensions
  • Styling and Finishing

Duration: 3 days – Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday

Lace Front Wigs

Module Four: Lace Front Wigs

The ‘traditional’ use of wigs being mainly used in Film, TV and on Stage to allow actors to undergo elaborate transformations has in recent years seen a complete re-invention – with more and more top artists (Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Nicky Minaj) choosing increasingly outrageous styles to shape and play with their public image, while also being able to protect their own, natural hair at the same time.

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As a versatile Hair-Stylist working in today’s industry, it is therefore essential to attain knowledge of key-methods applied in the preparation and unique styling demands of these (often very expensive) pieces.

This 2-day course-module has been designed to guide you through various styling demands – from styling ‘period’ wigs for Film/TV – to creating modern, artistic styles. Preparation is absolute key when it comes to designing wig-styles and this course will allow you to explore your artistic vision while gaining expertise in the intricacies of this wonderful craft.

  • Covering all aspects of wig usage
  • How to prep hair under wigs
  • Prepping lace front wig
  • Setting wigs on a block
  • Application of wigs
  • Wigs’ Maintenance
  • Making half-wig pieces

Duration: 2 days – Thursday & Friday

Week Three

Hair Extensions & Hair Pieces

Module Five: Hair Extensions & Hair Pieces

Hair Extensions have become a principal styling demand over the past few years. While in the past, extensions were predominantly left to salon-professionals – an increasing number of celebrities now travel with a selection of hair-pieces that give them endless opportunities to play and ‘switch-up’ their styles. Styling techniques for extensions have therefore become very sophisticated.

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be had with extensions – so it is absolutely vital for stylists to have the necessary skills to create styles that may convey a ‘beyond-natural’ aesthetic, that allow artists to use their hairstyle as a powerful element to their self-expression, image and sense of style. The days when artists, celebrities and brands stick to one signature-look to define their image are well and truly over!

This course module aims to build and nurture your creative versatility by teaching you important core-skills needed to create styles that range from subtle enhancement of natural hair – to creating fashion-forward, artistic pieces that push boundaries and create a distinct aesthetic.

  • Working high quality hair pieces
  • Sewing hair pieces together
  • How to make pony tails
  • Adding hair pieces to wigs
  • Colour and dye hair extensions
  • Prepping hairpieces
  • Setting hair pieces for a shoot
  • Styling and sculpting hair extensions

Duration: 2 days – Monday & Tuesday

Editorial & Catwalk Hair

Module Six: Editorial & Catwalk Hair Styling

The world of High-Fashion Catwalk and Editorial / Avant-Garde Hair-Styling allows artists from the world of fashion, design and performance to push the boundaries far beyond every-day tastes. It is within this fantastical world that you will explore your creative vision and ability as a stylist to articulate and translate your ideas into elaborate style-statements.

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The collaborative element to all Fashion, Hair & Make-Up Styling is of greatest importance in this field, as every team comes together to accomplish the overall Art-direction set by a particular client.This course module aims to cultivate your creative freedom, while guiding you towards a focused approach to working within specific design-briefs. We are very excited to invite a different designer to each course to set a brief to the entire class –

Day Three of the course-module will consist of a photo-shoot, with a professional photographer capturing your very own creations in photographs and a short promo-video of your to add to your portfolio.(Please note that this module can only be taken in conjunction with at least 2 other course modules of your choice!)

  • Working towards a set design brief
  • Articulating and Presenting your ideas to the class and guest-designer
  • Designing and Prepping of hair & wig pieces
  • Wrapping natural hair away and adding hairpieces
  • Changing styles during a shoot
  • Adding hairpieces for a big hair look
  • On-set etiquette
  • Photo-Shoot

Duration: 3 days – Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

Book your place with the Kevin Fortune Hair Styling Academy today!


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