The Academy’s teachers are qualified to help you become successful and employable. They are interested in making sure you are happy and understanding the course. All our teachers also work in a salon.

Every student is treated as an individual and your teacher will build a rapport with you, which makes your experience of learning in our salon environment a very happy time.



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The Academy was the beginning of a lifelong dream for Tina. At school Tina enjoyed creative subjects like woodwork and ceramic, so after Year 12, Tina tried to become a hairdresser.

“Salon owners kept telling me I was too old, at 18 to be an apprentice.  I gave up and worked for McDonalds for 3 years,” said Tina. “Then I heard about The Academy where I could become qualified without doing an apprenticeship, and decided to join.”

“Mum and Dad helped me move and find a place to live in Melbourne.  With my “living Away From Home Youth Allowance” and “Rent Assistance,” I settled in by myself and started the course.”

“For the first three months I had a busy schedule of training for 40 hours a week,” explained Tina.

“After 3 months, I stopped my Saturday training.  I’d made a lot of friends at The Academy so was out most weekends.”

“Because my fees for the whole course were paid in advance, the Beauty Course was free,” smiled Tina. “I can do acrylic and gel nails, waxing, makeup and eyelash and eyebrow tinting too.”

“With the help of my fabulous instructor and the great experience with clients right through the course, I passed everything and flew home with my Certificates in 7 months."
I had no trouble finding work and even managed a few salons before I eventually bought one of them "

“ I could have finished earlier if I’d kept training Saturdays, but I wanted to stay in Melbourne as long as I could, because I loved living there.”

“I love having my own salon,” smiled Tina, “I can set the standard and although it is hard work, I have just employed an apprentice.  I also employ a Beauty Therapist part time,” explained Tina.  “I do the beauty as well when she has days off.”

“I’ve been getting lots of compliments from clients who love the funky and fashionable styles and techniques I’ve learnt at The Academy,” said Tina. “My goal is to open more salons in the future and to enter competitions.”

“Don’t let distance frighten you and you’ll make lots of friends at The Academy, everyone’s really friendly.  I had no problems finding employment when I went home because The Academy’s standard is very high and you’ll end up being a really good  ‘all round’ hairdresser."

“I’d recommend any one who’s not afraid of hard work, to go for it! As my instructor said “Keep aiming high, and I do."


graduate photoTo all the staff at The Academy for Hair, especially my instructors Sam, Louise and Renate, who were great inspirations to me.

When I started at the Academy, it was a life's dream turning into reality for me. I had always wanted to work with hair, but many factors lead me to put it off for so long. My father wanted me to learn to run the family business, before I did anything else, so hairdressing got put back a year or two. Then I got married and had three glorious sons which also put me back another decade.

I discovered through a local paper that the Academy had a course designed for people like me, mothers, persons who worked or had other commitments. It was one day and one night a week. It was perfect; my youngest child had started school. So I took the leap, I enrolled in the course and told my husband that I would be starting the following month. He didn't hesitate in agreeing as he knew I had received so many brochures from the school, and it was something I had always wanted to do.

My first day was so nervous, I dropped the comb. Louise had started me off on a mature blow wave on a mannequin. I was tired and a bit exhausted so I handed Louise back a half wet, half dry mannequin. Louise said it needs to be dry so it holds firm. Having worked for the family business where I am the boss, it was hard for me to adjust to the fact I didn't make the rules and wasn't in charge. I began to adjust to the way things were done at the school and everything was fantastic.

There was lots of work and study. I had previously, on a visit overseas, tried to study hair, but, as the course was in a language I didn't fully understand, I was not completely confident in my ability, this was the perfect opportunity to use what I had already learned previously and with what the instructors taught me, to help me gain confidence in my ability so I could achieve this dream of mine. All the work I put in was worth the effort. I am quite confident now and proud of my accomplishment of achieving my certificate in hairdressing.

I miss the instructors, and all the great friends I made while at the school. I am so used to going to school on Mondays I have to remind myself that I have finished school. On my last day my assessors Mary and Jacqui said to me "you knew you would pass, don't waste your talent".

Now I have completed my certificate, I hope to have a holiday with my family. When I come back I will find a part time job in a salon. At the moment I am cutting hair for family, friends and their acquaintances. My husband has built me my own salon in my backyard at home. I am so proud of it, he did a wonderful job.

In the future I will have my own salon, and put all that Mary, Sam, Louise, Renate and all the other staff taught me into practice.

Thank you to all of you for it was an experience that I will carry with me always.

Yours sincerely,

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Tricia Kiang Ha Tchong




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