What does L’Oreal want to achieve with this Institute?
Part of a global network of L’Oréal training Institutes and the first of its kind in Africa, the L’Oreal Professional African Salon Institute aims to nurture new-generation stylists. That is, stylists who are not only professionally-trained but also financially savvy and entrepreneurially-focused, to ensure the long-term health and sustainability of the sector.

Why hairdressing?
A trillion dollar industry, with a lot of diversity. Stylists could work as celebrity stylists, work as a film set stylist, become salon owners. Join the L’Oréal team as an instructor, technician, sales representative or promoter (based on an interview process to follow)

What are the objectives of the Institute?
One of the main objectives of the Institute is to contribute to a sustainable hairdressing sector and to actively address the job shortage in South Africa through offering a high standard of professional training, through creating financial and entrepreneurial awareness among aspiring stylists and through cultivating the development of more entrepreneurs. As a salon partner, we want to assist our L’Oreal Professional products salons.L’Oréal recognises that in preparing these entrepreneurs and ensuring their success, it can make a difference to South Africa’s economy.

Who will be able to study hair styling at L’Oreal Professional African Salon Institute?
Men and women with a passion for styling who are looking to pursue a career as a professional stylist will soon have access to a reputable training authority in the form of the L’Oréal Professional African Salon Institute. Even scholars, over 16 years can study on a Saturday, or people wanting to make a career change.

What types of hair will the training cover?
L’Oreal Professional African Salon Institute will provide training on all hair types and textures including Afro-specific hair.

Where will the Institute be based and when will it open?
The first L’Oréal Professional African Salon Institute is based in trendy Braamfontein and has launched 20 February 2014. We chose the site, because Braamfontein is a new-generation district, with a lot of diversity, cultural attractions and is actively involved in the Johannesburg inner city development.

Will training be on a full time basis only?
There is a number of training programmes. The intensive programme (full-time) is conducted over eight months with classes being scheduled for 3.5 hours in the morning or afternoon, Tuesday to Friday. The part-time programme is conducted over 16 months with classes being scheduled on either a Monday or a Saturday. Short programmes and the certification assessment (CAP) programme details will be advertised on our Facebook page.

What will the training programmes comprise of?
Both full-time and part-time programmes comprise two phases, namely theory – practical (phase one) and a mentorship (phase two). In the first phase, students attend lectures and apply the theory learnt in a practical way to mannequins or models. They are constantly assessed against predetermined targets and through tests. Students that excel in phase one by passing with an overall score of 75% or higher, move onto phase two; salon mentorship, which comprises supervised learning in the salon environment and salon management. Here, the general public will be able to receive supervised hair services at affordable rates. The programme cover various subjects including the hairdressing profession; the science of hair; cut; colour; styling; texture and treatment services; retailing; health; safety and hygiene; communication skills and salon management. Short programmes and the certification assessment (CAP) programme details will be advertised on our Facebook page.

Who will teach?
Classes are taken by the Institute’s team of experienced instructors who guide, teach, monitor, support and motivate students, assessing their progress step by step. Successful students will be awarded as L’Oréal Professional Certified Stylists and will be assisted with an interview at a L’Oréal partner salon. Those candidates looking to establish their own salons will be referred to appropriate entrepreneurial consultants.

What are the costs of the training programmes?
The intensive programme (full-time) costs R30 438.00 including VAT payable at R3 617.25 including VAT per month, while the part-time programme costs R32 490.00 including VAT and is payable at R1 936.88 including VAT per month.  Both programmes require a registration fee deposit of R1 500.00. Student Kit not inculded in this cost. Students are responsible to purchase their own equipment, as specified per the L’Oreal Professional African Salon Institute requirements. Colour only black, white or grey. Short programmes and the certification assessment (CAP) programme details will be advertised on our Facebook page.

What else will L’Oreal offer students at the Institute?
In addition, the certification assessment programme (CAP) will also be offered. This programme recognises what candidates already know and can do regardless of whether this learning was achieved formally, informally or non-formally. Candidates who excel in their assessments will receive a certificate of competence to this effect. Short programmes and the certification assessment (CAP) programme details will be advertised on our Facebook page.

Awarded as?
A L’Oreal Professional Certified Stylist

Minimum Entry Requirements?
No experience needed.
Minimum 16 years of age, with parent or legal guardian consent.
Student study permits for foreign applicants as per South African study law.
The passion to become a professional stylist
The passion to become an entrepreneur