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Headmasters and Redken Announce Partnership

On Monday April 28, Headmasters and Redken threw a cocktail party to official announce the partnership – featuring a hair demonstration from past Headmasters student, Redken Artist and award-winning stylist from Ornate salon, Nathan Weymouth.

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Nathan Weymouth in action at the Headmasters and Redken cocktail party

Over two impressive levels and more than 400 square metres the purpose built Headmasters Academy on Spring street makes it one of the most conveniently located hair and beauty colleges in Melbourne. Right opposite Parliament station, it is accessible and open – featuring natural light in every room.

Since moving to this new location more than two years ago, the Headmasters team have constantly been looking at ways to enhance their opportunities and curriculum for students in order to make them as prepared as possible for the salon environment. Melbourne’s leading salons including Joey Scandizzo salon and Rokk Ebony have relied on the skills and expertise of Headmasters to train their apprentices, alongside beauty salons and day spas.

“Partnering with a brand like Redken gives our students international opportunities as well. In particular the styling range, while it appeals to most age groups, it’s a brand the young students really connect with and know who they are,” said Campus Director, Haylie Thirlwell.

“Having such successful salons call on us for education is testament to our hands-on skills . We work with salons who are big on education, who employ their own educators as well to really strengthen their education footprint,” she said.

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According to Haylie, Headmasters are continually focused on developed courses that are industry facing. “ We have a very active creative team and are often approach to do hair and make up for events including charity events, Spring Racing Carnival, VAMFF and various Melbourne events.

While hairdressing is the focus with 300 students there are approximately 450 students at the academy across both beauty and hair. Using Babor skincare brand and INGLOT makeup, the hair and beauty students are often given the chance to collaborate and combine their skills with shows and photographic work to build their portfolio.

“We design the courses to improve their chances in getting out there and getting work with proactive salons. More than just having their work on Instagram, we hire photographers and give them a foot-forward in the hairdressing world,” Haylie said.

Redken is the sole provider of haircare, styling and colour to be used in all the academy classes and training salon to ensure students graduate not only as highly skilled professionals but with an enthusiastic attitude to enjoy the journey.


Guests attend the Headmasters and Redken a cocktail party

“At Redken, education is really important to us, it’s what keeps our artists and salon partners inspired and helps improve the quality of service in our salons and the professional hair industry as a whole,” said Redken Acting General Manager, Sandra Kelly.

“It’s an important partnership for us as it really cements our belief in bringing up the next generation of hairdressers in Australia. It’s a great picture of what we like to see and how we like to work together in this industry,” Sandra said.

According to Haylie there has been a significant shift in the way students like to learn in recent years. “They are very practical and visual hands-on learners. It’s the whole social media movement it’s all about what you see and what you can have access to visually,” she said.


Transferring these skills to a salon environment is essential to success in hairdressing, beauty and fashion – three elements Headmasters continues to master.

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