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WELCOME TO THE ACADEMY

Our aim is to produce confident, highly skilled barbers who are expertly schooled in all aspects of barbering.

Skins & Needles Barbering Academy delivers top level CPD accredited barbering training to those looking for a solid foundation for entry to the industry.  The academy has an established and varied client base which ensures maximum student to client cutting contact time. This rich demographic gives our students access to many different hair types including European, Asian and African hair thus giving our students a working knowledge of all hair types. 

TAKE THE FIRST STEP & EXPLORE OUR COURSES

OUR COURSES

Skins & Needles Barbering Academy delivers barbering education to those looking for the very best training available. Our learning methods are delivered in a working barbershop environment, proven to be the best preparation for a professional career in barbering.

All our courses are designed to ensure you leave with not only a qualification but the beginnings of a successful and long-lasting career.

FINANCE OPTIONS AVAILABLE

GENERAL INFORMATION

If you are interested in getting finance the first thing you need to do is contact us to know how much you are wanting to pay with finance. We will then give you a link for a form that you can complete in your own time which will assess your eligibility and let you know the full process.
Payl8r use an affordability check so the search will not show up on your credit file. You can pay from 1 – 12 months.

WHAT DO I NEED TO APPLY?

  • No CCJs within the last 3 years
  • No accounts in default
  • Be a UK resident
  • Access to online banking
  • A Regular source of income
  • At least 10% of the total finance amount is required in your bank as a deposit. 
  • AWARD-WINNING BARBERS

    Our Award Winning Barbers is led by Artistic Director Leah with her plethora of experience and talent you can be confident that your training will exceed all expectations and take your career to new levels.

    – 5* Barbers of the Year 2021 – North East Hair & Beauty Awards
    – Barbers Shop of the Year 2021 Gold & Overall – British Hair & Beauty Awards
    – Gold Barbers of the Year 2021 – British Hair & Beauty Awards
    – Barbers shop of the Year 2021 – English Hair & Beauty Awards
    – Silver Barbers of the Year 2020 (Leah Waite, Barber Manager)
    – Barber Team of the Year 2019 – North East Hair & Beauty Awards
    – Salon of the Year 2019 – North East Hair & Beauty Awards
    – Barbers Team of the Year 2018 – North East Hair & Beauty Awards

    TESTIMONIALS - Check out our reveiws

    MEET YOUR EDUCATORS

    Artistic Director

    Leah

    With 13 years of experience in the hair industry, Leah is one of our most polished and accomplished members of our team. Initially having started as a hairdresser, she didn’t take long to figure out the barber life was the right path to follow, which gave her the chance to invest and develop her talent in plenty of barbershops all around the Northeast.

    Through her years of experience, she has acquired different techniques she now specialises in, which include all aspects of male grooming, such as traditional hot towel shaved, waxing and treading. Leah’s a truly friendly expert who adores her job and goes the extra mile to ensure her customers feel comfortable and taken care of, by providing exquisite customer service.
    In addition, one of Leah’s deepest passions is training others; as she states ‘’It’s such a satisfying feeling to mentor, train, guide and support someone through their progress to help them achieve their goals’’.

    Artistic Director

    Laura

    Laura is our most experienced member of the team, with over 18 years in the barbering industry. She specialises in fades with her remarkable attention to detail. Laura’s professional, talented and kind approach is one of the main reasons her regular customers continue to choose her services. Some of her exclusive services are luxury shaving, facial waxing and hair colouring.
    Artistic Director

    Dan

    Laura is our most experienced member of the team, with over 18 years in the barbering industry. She specialises in fades with her remarkable attention to detail. Laura’s professional, talented and kind approach is one of the main reasons her regular customers continue to choose her services. Some of her exclusive services are luxury shaving, facial waxing and hair colouring.

    MASTERCLASSES

    ADEE PHELAN

    Stylist to the stars Adee is one of the UKs most talented and well-known hairdressers. Years of experience in cutting and teaching has ensured he has multiple awards and accolades under his belt.  

    Former Men’s British Hairdresser of the Year, four times finalist Men’s Hairdresser of the Year, two times Celebrity Hairdresser of the Year, Adee is the man behind the infamous David Beckham ‘Mowhawk’ cut which saw him collect Fellowship Image of the Year.  Adee has established a well-deserved reputation and career as a successful and talented hairdresser. 

    Our masterclasses will teach you an abundance of new skills, grooming tips and tricks, up to date hair trends, industry insider knowledge and working within the media.

    DALE TED WATKINS 

    Dale has spent over 30 years pushing the boundaries of men’s hairdressing.  Trained by Vidal Sassoon his services are in high demand and he has flown all over the word cutting hair for the rich and famous.  Dale has also featured in multiple fashion campaigns, music videos and magazine shoots whilst also being one of the top educators in the hairdressing field. 

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