The Cutting Journey

Advanced cutting courses for qualified hairstylists.

Carlton Hair provides the best platform for the stylist-in-training to advance their creativity and
skills to world class status. Our creative student hubs are based in Johannesburg, Pretoria,
Cape Town and Durban, and offer internationally-accredited courses for budding stylists.
Our facilitators attend courses overseas each year, keeping them up-to-date with the latest trends and fashion in hairdressing.

Our cutting courses are designed to provide students with a strong foundation in hair design and are ideal for anyone wishing to advance their career in hairdressing. The Barbering course gives the stylists an incredible eye for attention to detail, thereby allowing stylists to work closer to the head which strengthens not only their barbering work, but their overall cutting ability. We have updated this barbering course and extended it by a day to include clippering. Creating on-trend fades becomes simple when you explore the decision-making process and have an understanding of the height and shapes of fading.

The Collection Cut and Colour course was created with the aim of giving the stylists a creative
edge by expanding on their existing cutting knowledge, exploring concepts, cut, colour formulas and placements.

A special acknowledgement has to be made to the vision and passion of Pedro Inchenko and his team at AllilON. Each year they inspire the South African hairdressing industry by revealing new possibilities in expressing creativity. Their vision has strengthened Carlton Hair Academy’s objective to spread the same wisdom and passion to others.

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The Foundation Cutting Journey has been designed to refine and reinforce previously learned
techniques to give stylists a technical edge. This journey is made up of 4 courses that each run
over a period of 4 days. Each course is an element needed to have the full practical and
theoretical understanding of our global philosophy and language of hair cutting.

With the use of technical workshops, demonstrations and lectures, the cutting journey will
upgrade your existing cutting knowledge to a level in which any style can be understood. Due to high demand, we have extended the courses by an extra day to ensure that styles can be created effortlessly.

Practice makes perfect – that’s why we recommend that these courses are done more than once. It is very important to truly understand these courses and give yourself the hours required to perfect your craft and skill.

This is the beginning of the Foundation Cutting Journey that focuses on the 3 basic techniques
that are core to the elements of precision cutting. This course is perfect for any stylist looking
to improve their skill and ability.

REQUIREMENTS
• Six live models – one model for each of the following:
Short graduation | Above shoulder graduation | Line – above or below shoulder | Layer – below shoulder
*This is a recommendation to achieve an overall understanding of the primary elements.
And two live models for assessment on day 4 (models of your choice).
• The education will be directly linked to the quality of the hair model’s hair. Doll’s heads can be used
but live models are highly recommended.

EQUIPMENT
Suitable scissors and cutting comb, cutting collar, section clips, cutting gown, water bottle,
hair dryer and brushes (including a vess and paddle brush).
Most items are available to purchase at the academies.

DURATION
One day a week for four consecutive weeks.

Mondays – Johannesburg and Cape Town

Tuesdays – Durban

Thursdays – Pretoria

COST
R 6,000 (R 1,500 per day)

FORMAT

DAY 1

9h00 – 12h30 Lecture on primary shapes, suitability & techniques
13h00 Live model and feedback

DAY 2

9h00 – 12h30 Cutting demonstration, Recap on theory – test
13h00 Live model and feedback

DAY 3

9h00 – 10h30 Recap on theory – GAME
10h30 Live model and feedback
13h00 Live model and feedback

DAY 4

9h00 – 10h00 Recap on theory – TEST
10h00 Live model, assessment then feedback
13h00 Live model, assessment
15h30 Feedback

 

This is where the journey continues, building onto the primary elements. It focuses on the
understanding of the ‘blueprint’; i.e. the design of your haircut. Once you have this understanding,
the possibilities with your designs will become endless.

This course is perfect for any stylist looking to improve their skill and ability, but is best suited
for the stylist who has completed the Primary Elements course, or fully understands the
primary shapes and techniques.

REQUIREMENTS
• Six live models – one model for each of the following:
Short graduation | Above shoulder graduation | Short round layer | Layer – above shoulder
* This is a recommendation to achieve an overall understanding of the blueprint.
And two live models for assessment on day 4 (models of your choice).
• The education will be directly linked to the quality of the hair model’s hair. Doll’s heads can be used
but live models are highly recommended.

EQUIPMENT
Suitable scissors and cutting comb, cutting collar, section clips, cutting gown, water bottle,
hairdryer and brushes (including a vess and paddle brush).
Most items are available to purchase at the academies.

DURATION
One day a week for four consecutive weeks.

Mondays – Johannesburg and Cape Town

Tuesdays – Durban

Thursdays – Pretoria

COST
R 6,000 (R 1,500 per day)

FORMAT

DAY 1

9h00 – 12h30 Lecture on The Blueprint
13h00 Live model and feedback

DAY 2

9h00 – 12h30 Cutting demonstration, Recap on theory – test
13h00 Live model and feedback

DAY 3

9h00 – 10h30 Recap on theory – GAME
10h30 Live model and feedback
13h00 Live model and feedback

DAY 4

9h00 – 10h00 Recap on theory – TEST
10h00 Live model, assessment then feedback
13h00 Live model, assessment
15h30 Feedback

 

This is the final step in the Foundation Cutting Journey. Now that you fully understand the
concepts of your designs, we can star t to combine different techniques. Throughout this
journey, stylists learn to “do” and “talk” their designs. This course teaches us to “draw” them.

This course is perfect for any stylist looking to improve their skill and ability, but is best suited
for the stylist who has completed the Primary Elements and The Blueprint courses, or fully
understands the primary shapes, techniques and the designs of cutting.

REQUIREMENTS
• Six live models – one model for each of the following:
Graduation | Layers | Two models of choice
And two live models for assessment on day 4 (models of your choice).
• The education will be directly linked to the quality of the model’s hair, doll’s heads can be used
but live models are recommended.

EQUIPMENT
Suitable scissors and cutting comb, cutting collar, section clips, cutting gown, water bottle,
hairdryer and brushes (including a vess and paddle brush).
Most items are available to purchase at the academies.

DURATION
One day a week for four consecutive weeks.

Mondays – Johannesburg and Cape Town

Tuesdays – Durban

Thursdays – Pretoria

COST
R 6,000 (R 1,500 per day)

FORMAT

DAY 1

9h00 – 12h30 Lecture on Structural Design
13h00 Live model and feedback

DAY 2

9h00 – 12h30 Cutting demonstration, diagram training
13h00 Live model and feedback

DAY 3

9h00 – 10h30 Recap on theory – GAME
10h30 Live model and feedback
13h00 Live model and feedback

DAY 4

9h00 – 10h00 Recap on theory – TEST
10h00 Live model, assessment then feedback
13h00 Live model, assessment
15h30 Feedback

 

The collection courses have been created with the aim of giving you the ability to redefine
boundaries and explore the endless interpretation and possibilities of hair design. These
courses will give you a creative edge by expanding on your existing cutting knowledge. This
course allows you to work on the latest styles and trends developed by the Carlton Hair Creative Team by
exploring the concepts, cuts, colour formulas and placements. The creations range from
salon-style to competitive quality.

REQUIREMENTS
Day 1 cut – a live model or doll
Day 2 – live model cut and colour
Day 3 – live model cut and colour

The education will be directly linked to the quality of the model’s hair. The models need to have hair in good condition and be open to a creative change. Doll’s heads can be used but live models are
recommended.

EQUIPMENT
Suitable scissors and cutting comb, cutting colour, section clips, cutting gown, water bottle, hair
dryer, brushes ( including a vess and paddle brush), apron and tail comb.
Most items are available to purchase at the academies.

DURATION
One day a week for four consecutive weeks.

Mondays – Johannesburg and Cape Town

Tuesdays – Durban

COST
R 4,500 (R1,500 per day)

FORMAT

DAY 1

9h00 – 12h30 Collection presentation and demo
13h00 – 16h00 Live model – cut

DAY 2

9h00 – 12h30 Live model – cut
13h00 Live model – colour

DAY 3

9h00 – 15h30 Live model – cut and colour
15h30 – 16h00 Presentation and recap

 

 

Barbering has become a huge part of our industry. There is an incredible skill required in creating
precise, blended shapes. This course introduces us to the basic techniques that are core to the
elements of precision barbering giving stylists a great eye for attention to detail.

For the first time in South Africa, we have brought back knowledge from a world class stylist at the
forefront of the barbering industry. Creating on-trend fades becomes simple when you explore the
decision-making process and have an understanding of the height and shapes of fading.

This 4-day course is perfect for any stylist looking to improve their skill by working closer to the
head, which strengthens our ability to cut gent’s hair and shorter ladies cuts.

REQUIREMENTS
Six live male models
Clipper cut | Skin fade | Basic short | Graduation | Fashion cut | Scissor over comb
(a variety of models allows for more learning and understanding)

EQUIPMENT
Suitable scissors and cutting comb, cutting collar, section clips, cutting gown, water bottle,
hairdryer, brushes (including a vess and paddle brush), clippers, guards, barbering comb and neck brush.
Most items are available to purchase at the academies.

DURATION
One day a week for four consecutive weeks.

Mondays – Johannesburg

Tuesdays – Durban

Thursdays – Pretoria

COST
R6000 (R1500 per day)

FORMAT

DAY 1

9h00  Theory: Consultation, 5 stages and fading
12h00 Lunch
12h30 Live model
15h00 Evaluation, head sheets and recap

DAY 2

9h00  Theory: Recap
10h00 Demonstration (clipper fade)
12h00 Lunch
12h30 Live model
15h00 Evaluation, head sheets and recap

DAY 3

9h00  Theory: Scissor over comb
10h30 Scissor over comb challenge (live model)
12h00 Lunch
12h30 Live model 
15h00 Evaluation, head sheets and recap

DAY 4

9h00  Test
09h30 Demonstration (layer)
11h00 Live model (time challenge – 1 hour)
12h30 Live model
15h00 Evaluation, head sheets and recap

 

The Advanced Cutting Journey has been designed for stylists with previous knowledge of the Foundation Cutting Journey, taking their practical and theoretical ability to an advanced level and focusing on disconnection, problem solving, and extreme and edgier looks.

With the use of technical workshops, demonstrations and lectures, the Advanced Cutting
Journey will upgrade your existing cutting knowledge to a level in which any creative or classic style can be recreated and understood.

This is the beginning of the Advanced Cutting Journey that will continue to challenge you technically from the knowledge you have learnt in the Foundation Cutting Journey, by focusing on primary disconnection, problem solving and furthering your theoretical understanding of hair cutting and styling.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Six live models – Creative, open to change, extreme, problematic hair.
  • Doll’s heads can be use. For more creative work, it is often better to have fewer restrictions.

Doll’s heads are an additional cost and can be purchased at the academy, however, stands and clamp are available to use.

The education is directly linked to the quality and openness of the hair models.

EQUIPMENT

Suitable scissors and cutting comb, cutting collar, section clips, cutting gown, water bottle, hairdryer and brushes (including a vess and paddle brush).

Most items are available to purchase at the academies.

DURATION

One day a week for four consecutive weeks.

Mondays – Johannesburg and Cape Town

Tuesdays – Durban

Thursdays – Pretoria

COST

R 6,000 (R 1,500 per day)

FORMAT

DAY 1

9h00 – 12h30 Primary mechanics lecture
13h00 Live model and feedback

DAY 2

9h00 – 12h30 Cutting and diagram demonstration, recap and game
13h00 Live model and feedback

DAY 3

9h00 – 12h30 Presentation from candidates (interactive)
13h00 Live model and feedback

DAY 4

9h00 – 10h00 Recap on theory – TEST
10h00 Live model and feedback
13h00 Live model, assessment
15h30 Feedback

 

Kickstart your career at the largest hairdressing group in South Africa.

At the Carlton Hair Academy, we aim to equip our students with the necessary skills to become a successful hairstylist and launch your career. That’s why we offer all part-time students the opportunity to do their in-the-workplace practical experience at a Carlton Hair salon. Full-time students also get the opportunity to work a Carlton Hair salon once they’ve completed their course, but this is not guaranteed.

To apply to work at a Carlton Hair salon:

CAPE TOWN | JOHANNESBURG | PRETORIA | DURBAN

The career opportunities are vast for a qualified hairstylist. As a hairstylist, you’re often able to dictate your own income and hours. The following careers are available to you once you graduate:

  • Hairstylist in a salon
  • Salon Owner (Entrepreneur / Self Employed)
  • Salon Manager
  • Lecturer or Trainer
  • Bridal & events hair specialist
  • A career in the film and television industries
  • Working on luxury cruise liners
  • Styling for fashion magazine shoots, advertising photographic shoots and music videos
  • Styling for fashion shows like SA Fashion Week
  • Personal celebrity hairstylist
  • Sales (buying and selling of hair care and beauty products/services)

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