24 December

Go Back to School With Olivia Muldoon

As little girls we all practiced styling hair, trying to do a fabulous upstyle, or even just to curl it with tongs (obviously before GHD’s). Olivia took this one step further and practiced so much that she realised she was actually excellent at curling and styling, but to her annoyance she noticed that here in Northern Ireland there really is no where were you can further your training. After you leave college the only decent training you would have been able to do was in England, so Olivia thought it would be a great idea to start training people over here in NI. The great thing about this course is that it doesn’t matter if you are just starting out or if you have been a trained hairdresser for years with your own salon. The training strips everything back to basics and teaches you through actual “hands on” training rather than by just reading text books.

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The Olivia Muldoon Academy was established in 2011, after researching different courses offered throughout the UK, and gaining feedback from stylists who attended various styling courses, Olivia set about to raise the standards of teaching, and place more emphasis on hands on learning as opposed to the normal ‘watch and learn’ courses. Bridal and Occasion hairstyling has become one of the most sought after services in the salon, and clients expect their stylist to offer highly creative styles and to be knowledgable in their field.

The hair courses are designed to cover all aspects of styling and dressing hair, from beginners to experienced stylists wishing to push their creativeness.

The course has been designed for beginners with little or no experience in hairstyling, makeup artists or hairdressers who would like to build and further their career in professional hairstyling for the fashion, beauty, bridal, media and advertising industries.

The course covers all essential elements required for you to provide a high standard of professional hairstyling to future clients.

On completion of the course, students will feel more confident and be ready to:

  • Work for private clients
  • Provide bridal, formal and special occasion hairstyling
  • Assist experienced, professional session stylists
  • Assist in editorial hairstyling for magazines
  • Work towards a career in fashion and celebrity hairstyling
  • Work towards a career in Film and TV

On completion of the course, students who show enthusiasm, talent and dedication will be offered the opportunity to assist at shows/photo shoots, as well as join the bookings department where you will be offered paid work, giving an added kick-start to your career.

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The course will cover the following subjects:

Introduction to Session Styling

  • Health and Safety
  • Hair Structure – Science and Theory
  • Handling Wet Hair
  • Selection and handling correct tools
  • Overview of products and their use
  • Face shapes and client consultation

Stylists Kit

  • List of tools/products to carry
  • Benefits and uses of tools/products

Setting Hair

  • Correct use of Velcro and heated rollers
  • Product selection
  • Dressing and finishing techniques


  • Prepping hair for curling
  • Different types of curls
  • Effects of humidity
  • Techniques using various tools to achieve curl you require
  • Dressing and finishing techniques

Braids, twists, rolls

  • Types of plaits
  • Modern styles incorporating plaits
  • Creating Catwalk/red carpet looks
  • Funky editorial looks

Hair Up – Basic

  • Prepping Hair
  • Creating texture
  • Working with shorter hair
  • Buns, Quiffs, French rolls etc
  • Finishing techniques

Hair Up – Advanced

  • Prepping Hair
  • Classic Upstyles
  • Beehives
  • Adding supports (synthetic hair, doughnuts, sausages etc) to create different shapes
  • Adding and working with hair extensions

Bridal Hairstyles – Basic

  • Client Consultation
  • How to help choose perfect hairstyle
  • Complementing brides and bridesmaids
  • Styles which complement dress etc
  • Basic styles

Bridal Hairstyles – Advanced

  • Classic bridal styles
  • Vintage hairstyles
  • Contemporary bride
  • Dressing and finishing techniques
  • All classes are kept small to be able to give you the best attention.
  • £100 Deposit required at time of booking. Students can pay balance in installments prior to the course commencement.
  • Deposits are non-refundable.
  • In the event of last minute cancellation, deposit cannot be carried over to next course.
  • Students are expected to be punctual and attend every class.
  • Students will receive reduction in price in future workshops taken.
  • A Professional Photoshoot is an optional extra to kickstart your portfolio under the expert guidance of Olivia and her team. Professional Photographer, model and makeup artist (if required) will be provided, and you will receive stunning images of two looks you will create.

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We have had some great feedback from previous students:

Claire Malcolmson said: I sent 2 of my staff to the styling course, wow the girls absolutely loved it. Olivia showed them new and exciting ideas. We can’t wait to get down to her studio again 🙂 most definitely xx

Absolutely amazingly talented. So lovely too. I couldn’t recommend Olivia highly enough. Claire Kelly

I attended Olivia’s course, and learned so much from her. I have attended other courses on upstyling but they weren’t a patch on Olivia’s. I have now booked another 3 courses and can’t wait. Therefore I would highly recommend her. Jacqui Brown


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With all this on offer, any budding hairdressers out there would be mad to turn this great opportunity down.

There is a new 5 week course starting on Sunday 21st February and running over 5 consecutive Sundays, which means you don’t have to take any time off from your job. The cost of the course is £550 which includes a training head.

For more information check out the Hair Academy section of our website www.oliviamuldoon.com/hairacademy






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