Eik Gisladottir

“I had just moved to Alderley Edge in Cheshire and wanted to study hairdressing. I had worked as a Graphic Designer in London and fancied a change that would suit more with being a mum of three boys. I did a search online and found Nicky Oliver.

I rang up and went in to see him. First thing I fell in love with the atmosphere and his personality. So I signed up for the 18 weeks course, NVQ 2 Level. I loved every minute of it. He is the best teacher that I’ve had and I got to know great people who were on the course. The pace of the work I liked, it suited me as he goes with the pace that suits each individual.

As I was finishing the course my husband had changed jobs again and we had moved back to London. I applied for a job at Headmasters, did the trade test and started to work as a Stylist. I love working as a Stylist. I cut, colour and it is creative job.”

Craig Grieve

“After a 20yr break from hairdressing and wanting to return to the industry I decided to book a 2 week refreshers course with Nicky Oliver. I needed to refresh my skills and build confidence, particularly with new techniques and trends.

During the course all aspects were covered with great attention to my personal needs rather than a set criteria with very personal tuition. Overall the two weeks were great fun and good valve. I have achieved exactly what I wanted and now feel prepared to face the challenges ahead full of confidence.”

Debi Gilmoren

“Having completed an NVQ qualification in hairdressing with Nicky Oliver Academy, I would like to mention that I found Nicky and all his team excellent. I found Nicky Oliver, although extremely professional, made the course fun yet practical.

Every student has their own needs and I found that Nicky Oliver went the extra mile to ensure his students were learning at their own speed and comfort zone. Whether you are already a hair stylist or an absolute beginner I would recommend Nicky Oliver training in a heartbeat.”

Kevin Fozzard

“Thank you so much for six wonderful days of training! My two three day courses with you guys have been enormously beneficial. Not only from the sheer amount of technique and practical experience that I gained under your personal tuition, working on live models from the off but having been out of the Hairdressing Industry for almost 20 years, my confidence levels together with that of my fully refreshed knowledge in hairdressing techniques, is restored to such a level, that I feel fully confident in returning to the Hairdressing work force. Money well spent!”

Vicky Bentley

“I did the 4 month hairdressing course with Nicky Oliver because I had already trained as a teacher before and didn’t want to waste years training. I know that on the standard two year courses a lot of time is spent washing towels, making drinks and cleaning the salon etc and the groups are large. I felt like I wanted to get straight into hairdressing!

The course is intensive and the groups are small. I was actually cutting hair on day three and working on real clients. I am now working as a mobile hairdresser in France and do not regret my change of career. It is a creative and rewarding profession to be in.”

Danielle Pedley

“Studying at Nicky Oliver Hair Academy has completely changed my life and the direction it is taking. I feel rejuvenated and excited about my next steps, confident that Nicky Oliver Academy has prepared me better than anywhere else could have done.

The training has been beyond all my expectations. It is intense but very rewarding. From the very first day I was cutting hair! which at first seemed daunting but the support and coaching is so brilliant that you never feel out of your depth.

I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment, so much so that I have just signed to do my Level3. I want to be a brilliant hairdresser and I know that studying here is how I am going to do it.”

Peter Mitton

“I came to the Nicky Oliver Training academy to do a refresher course as i have been out of hairdressing for a year and a half and wished to get back into the industry. I wanted to refresh my knowledge aswell as learn new method skills and techniques.

Nicky has been excellent and has helped me achieve my goals. It has been really enjoyable and I have learnt alot while I have been here and its been a pleasure working with Nicky and his team. I would recommend his academy to anybody wishing to do any course as it is a friendly atmosphere and you get trained to a high standard.”

Sarah Sharples

“Just wanted to thank you and in particular, Alison Flood, for the fantastic training I received on the Level 2 Hairdressing course. The course suited my want to train within a shorter space of time to enable me to gain employment as swiftly as possible. The learning environment and clients you provided gave a great grounding and also variety which I could not have gained from a local college.

Alison helped me learn at my own pace and was able to give me confidence in every aspect of the Level 2 course. The small learning groups and hands on training from the outset were invaluable.

I am now working in a lovely salon in my hometown of Lytham and thoroughly enjoying my new career. I would most certainly recommend the course for anyone of any age. I’m proof that it’s never too late to do something you’ve always wanted to do! Thank you everyone for your support and encouragement.”


“I am currently working in the beauty industry as a make up artist in the television industry. I have found that hair and beauty go hand in hand and in my work hair styling is always needed.

I found the Nicky Oliver Academy was just what I was looking for, as I was able to become a qualified stylist in 4 months and still work as a make up artist while training. This is an excellent course for any interested, would highly recommend.”

Susan Peters

“I always wanted to be a hairdresser and after leaving school, started looking for a course. After doing plenty of research I found that a traditional college course was not for me and the course’s where to slow. After plenty of research I came across the Nicky Oliver Academy. The short 4 month course was perfect for me. It was very hands on from the start. I have enjoyed my time here.”

Michael Jones

“I have been out of Hairdressing for a few years and needed a course to gain more confidence. I attended one of Nicky Oliver Academy’s refresher courses. The course has given me more confidence and have taken away some great new skills. Thank you.”