Advanced Hairdressing Course -- 6 Week Course 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 respond to a need 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.

It is essential that you have taken the Period Wigs and Hollywood Hair courses with us at Delamar or be able to provide us with evidence of sufficient experience. This is for your benefit as well as for the other students on the course.


A deposit of £1,500 and a completed enrolment form will secure you a place on the course. Use of all necessary brushes, equipment and products is included.


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.


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.


Delamar Academy is situated right in the heart of Ealing Studios in West London. (You can learn more about these famous UK film studios on the Ealing Studios site.)

Our classrooms are bright and airy and you'll be working with professional lighting and equipment and in the company of professional make-up artists.


Course Dates

January 2018 to February 2018

If the dates you wish to attend Delamar Academy are not yet on our website please call us for expected course dates.

How To Apply

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 left sidebar.

Then, please call our Enrolment Advisor on 0208 579 9511 or email, to discuss your course needs, or to arrange an informal interview.

No make-up experience is required.

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

Please contact us prior to booking your course as module dates (as opposed to complete course dates) can vary according to tutor availability. Once a module student has enrolled the module dates will be fixed.