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Hair, Beauty & Holistic Therapies

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You can work in a range of settings, from salons to department stores or cruise ships or even go mobile, and bring your skills to people’s homes.  Hairdressers will start by getting a broad level of training, and then perhaps look to gain skills in more specific areas. People training to work in the beauty industry have a wide range of choices regarding which skills they would like to learn.

Our purpose built Lifestyle building at Cauldon Campus and our bespoke make-up studio for theatrical and media make-up at Burslem Campus offer industry  standard, cutting-edge facilities in which to learn.

2014 saw Stoke on Trent College’s Lifestyle Hair Salon celebrate 10 years of association with L’Oreal. No ordinary hair salon, the L’Oreal Flagship Salon benefits from the support of industry leader L’Oreal ensuring our students are fully prepared for employment in the hairdressing sector when they complete their qualifications. L’Oreal provide input into all our hairdressing courses, including specialist training for our staff, so that our teaching keeps up to date with developments in the sector, as well as benefiting from the great products that L’Oreal provide.

Stoke on Trent College is the place to start your career in hair, beauty or holistic therapies.  With experienced tutors from your chosen industry, a track record of great success in external, regional and national skills competitions - including a world champion for nail art - and fantastic links with local and national employers, you can be assured of the best possible education. Recently our students have been  able to enjoy regular workshops run by Tristan Eves, Celebrity Hair Stylist, who currently works at one of London’s top award winning hair salons in the centre of Covent Garden, to gain an insight into the wider world of hairdressing and to prepare them for a successful career in this exciting and fast moving industry.


  • Fashion hairdressing is a fast moving industry with a high level of job satisfaction
  • Beauty therapy is diverse, offering opportunities to expand skills and knowledge
  • Spa therapists are in high demand
  • Nail salons exist on most high streets
  • You can end up working on cruise liners or in international holiday resorts


  • Barber
  • Beauty Therapist
  • Hairdresser
  • Hair Salon Manager
  • Holistic Therapist
  • Make-Up Artist
  • Spa Therapist
Jacky Bush

Jacky Bush

Advanced Reflexology (Hand)

I found the Advanced Reflexology (hand reflexology) training day very informative and enjoyable. The day was a good balance of theory (i.e. history of hand reflex) combined with practical sessions, which have given me confidence in my treatments. My tutor was able to explain and demonstrate how to adapt the treatments to meet the needs of my work environment. Many of my patients are unable to tolerate , or are contraindicated to foot reflexology, many have mobility issues which would exclude a foot reflex treatment, or even access to their feet would be too difficult to carry out a treatment safely. This is where I felt hand reflexology would be so beneficial – the majority of patients/clients are able to receive a treatment.

I have already been able to incorporate the hand massage/hand reflexology routine and techniques into practice.  Feedback from patients/clients has been very positive, it has been quite empowering for them, with many of them interested in the reflex points which enable them to self-treat between their appointments with me. I have also been able to share with them little tips taught on the day – for example reflex areas they can use if feeling anxious, stressed or nauseated.  I have been able to demonstrate techniques to carers, with many of them taking home copies of hand charts supplied on the day to enable them to continue treatments with the patient at home.

The training has provided me with new skills, and confidence, to improve my practice and to provide a better service to my patients and clients.

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