Vicki Lord Bridal and Editorial Hair Academy


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Multi-award winning, celebrity hair designer Vicki Lord is passionate about sharing her skills and experience with other hair devotees. The ‘Vicki Lord Hair Academy’ provides a variety of courses for all levels of experience, including a Habia approved CPD ‘Classic Bridal Hair Course’, an ‘Editorial Hair Course’, as well as ‘Avant-Garde’ training. The Academy also runs one-day workshops for braiding, vintage looks, up-do’s, red-carpet and prom styles, and ‘Bespoke Courses’ offering exclusive one-to-one training. Whether you are nil or super-skilled, a soloist or a salon, the ‘Vicki Lord Hair Academy’ will be able to provide the right course for you.
The two-day Habia-approved ‘Classic Bridal Hair’ course is open to attendees of all levels and upon successful completion, hairdressers with Level 2 qualifications will be awarded 14 CPD points. Those without Level 2 qualifications will be awarded a ‘Vicki Lord Hair Academy Certificate Of Completion’. Scroll down this page for frequently asked questions and please do contact us if you require any further information. For dates of other courses and workshops, please watch the website or email us at
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What benefits do I get from having Bridal Hair Training?
Undertaking a course in Bridal Hair could be one of your smartest business decisions. The Vicki Lord Intensive two-day course is ideal for hairdressers who would like to add to their skill set, either as a freelancer, or by adding to the services that they can provide in their salon. With relatively low start-up costs, qualified bridal hairstylists are charging between £200 and £450 per bride. This could be you! This is also a great course for make-up artists with a flair for hair, who wish to be able to offer clients a full range of styling services.
What benefits do I get from having Editorial Hair Training?
Many salon clients and brides are opting for new and exciting ways to wear their hair; completing and passing the editorial course will give you the skills required to get really creative. Editorial workshops allow you to stay abreast of new trends and techniques in the industry, giving you the confidence and training to put yourself out there for exciting styling roles such as fashion shows and photo-shoots.
Why choose to be trained by Vicki Lord?
Firstly, because Vicki truly wants her students to be the very best and she works hard at making that happen. Secondly, because on Vicki Lord Academy courses, we always have a great time. Furthermore, if you haven’t already read Vicki’s biography: she has thirty years of experience and is extremely honoured to have won many industry awards, including ‘UK’s Best Bridal Hairstylist’ 2016. Vicki Lord trained at the world-renowned Vidal Sassoon salon in Covent Garden, London as assistant to the Art Director, working alongside some of the most highly respected stylists within the industry, where she learnt her trade, handled the hair of some superstar clients and importantly, learnt a lot about how to educate from some of the best teachers in the business. Vicki later went on to establish her own successful freelance business in London and the South East. In 2005, when seeking new challenges, Vicki took on a part-time educating role for leading hair extension company Balmain, teaching in salons and colleges throughout the UK, where she discovered a gift for and also a great delight in teaching. Her great passion is creating beautiful and unique hair for brides and for figures within the entertainment and fashion industries. She is very proud to be considered as a trendsetter by her peers and remains abreast of new products and techniques in within her marketplace. Her work regularly appears in and on the covers of many fashion and bridal magazines. In January 2016, Vicki Lord was appointed as Balmain’s Bridal Hair Specialist, she also writes for wedding magazines, websites and features on television talking about hair and giving makeovers. And most importantly to you, Vicki is passionate about teaching people who love hair as much as she does.
What do I need to bring?
• Bring a packed lunch and a snack (tea & coffee will be provided)
• Wear comfortable clothing and footwear
• Tongs: large and medium barrelled
• Straighteners
• Tail Comb
• Hair-up brush
• A model on the assessment day of the 2-day courses
What are the prerequisites?
To be awarded the Habia 14 CPD hours on successful completion of the Bridal & Editorial Course, students need to have relevant Level 2 or equivalent qualifications, and knowledge and/or experience within the hair industry. Students who do not have this qualification can still do the same course and will receive a Certificate Of Completion from the Vicki Lord Academy.
Can I still do the course if I do not have the relevant Level 2 or equivalent qualifications?
Yes, and you will receive a ‘Vicki Lord Hair Academy Certificate Of Completion’ upon successfully completing the course. We also run workshops for unqualified students. Please go to the base of the page for more information and helpful links.
What makes your bridal hair courses different?
With a background in the film industry and having worked in salons in and around London, Vicki understands the expectations and demands of celebrity clients and make sure that this is reflected in the training she offers; after all, every client, be it in the salon or at a wedding, wants to feel like a superstar when they’re having their hair styled. On ‘Vicki Lord Hair Academy’ courses, you will learn both the theory and practice of how to achieve fabulous wedding or editorial hair, with emphasis on client safety and satisfaction, as well as developing and perfecting techniques.
What makes your editorial hair courses different?
Vicki has a wonderful career as a hair designer working on high fashion shoots, red carpet and runway shows, as well as with her lovely brides, but she has always been an educator too. She will literally be sharing her skills, tips and tricks so that you can also build a career in fashion session hairstyling, or so that you can just enjoy creating these styles for yourself and friends.
Do I need insurance?
As an already qualified and working professional, you are likely to already have insurance, but it is recommended for the 2-day courses as you will be working with a model on the final day of your course.
What is the PASS mark for the theory test?
The Hair Questionnaire Theory Test consists of ten questions with twenty marks being achievable across the test. The pass mark is 75%. If a student does not achieve the pass mark, then Vicki will ask a few of the questions again so that the student can answer verbally. This will be recorded on the feedback section of the form. All questions are covered in the course and are there to assess how much students have absorbed the information.
What is the criteria for the practical assessment?
During all student practical sessions, Vicki will circulate to observe, providing encouragement, assistance and advice when required. She will be available to answer any questions throughout. For the Classic Bridal Hairdressing course: The Practical Assessments on Day 1:
• Demonstrate techniques that I have taught.
• Show competence using equipment and products.
• Show ability over speed, but being able to complete the entire look in the time will be assessed positively.
• I will be assessing for neatness, shine and staying power with the ‘Classic Curly Side Bun’ finished look.
• I will be assessing for evenness and precision with the ‘Classic Braids: Rope Braid, Fishtail Braid, French Braid’ finished look.
The Practical Assessments on Day 2:
• Demonstrate techniques that I have taught.
• Show competence using equipment and products.
• Show ability over speed, but being able to complete the entire look in the time will be assessed positively.
• I will be assessing for more independent work on the second day, with regard to setting-up, dealing with your live model, prepping hair, executing technique and creating the final hairstyle.
• I will be assessing for neatness and smoothness of the ‘Classic Chignon Bun’, as well as how the student has catered the look to suit the model’s features.
• I will be assessing for height and structure of the ‘Classic French Pleat, with a Beehive’ finished look.
How many students per course?
Vicki Lord teaches up to three students in her own studio, up to six in other suitable venues, and up to eight in fully equipped salons. The maximum class size is ten students; however, in these cases she will have fully trained and qualified assistant/s from the V Team to assist. This ensures that your individual needs can be addressed and that you receive personal attention from your tutor. If you’d rather one-to-one training, Vicki offers this too.
What happens after the course?
Level 2 hairdressers will receive a certificate along with their Habia industry approved 14 hours of CPD, other students will receive the “Vicki Lord Academy Certificate Of Completion”. All students who pass their courses will leave with the skills required to provide their clients with new and exciting styles, as well as an outstanding service. Vicki would love to remain in contact with students via email and/or social networking, and is happy to provide feedback or answers to any hair-related questions. You can also continue training with the Vicki Lord Bridal & Editorial Academy, just choose another course or workshop, and enjoy perfecting and updating your skills and knowledge.