Afro hair essentials

Course type

Short Course


2 days

This 2-day online afro hair essentials course will be led by an experienced trainer in afro hair. The course will be a practical experience, where the tutor demonstrates skills and techniques, which students will follow and practice.

Students successfully accepeted onto the course will receive an afro hair essentials kit, including a training head.

Supported by the ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund with contributions from UK film productions. 

The next course will run Thursday 6th - Friday 7th August 2020. Please read instructions below to apply.

Course content

Course content over the 2 days will include:

Day one

  • Discussion on different types of male and female afro hair
  • Demo by tutor on dressing out in curly afro hair,  alongside a product orientation
  • Student practical: dressing  out curly hair on training head.
  • Student practical: wash & dry training head, blow Dry
  • Demo by tutor on straightening afro hair
  • Student practical: straightening 

Day two

  • Braiding & styling
  • Theory & product discussion
  • Demo by tutor on how to plait and cornrow hair 
  • Student practical: how to plait and cornrow hair

Who it's for

If you have previously applied for this online course and not been allocated a place, please re-send/ forward your completed application form to before Monday 20th July to have your existing application considered for this new instance.

This is not a course for beginners or those with limited experience in working with hair. Applicants  are required to have a minimum of two years work experience in hair within film or high-end TV, or 5 commercial credits. Applicants maybe required to evidence this experience.

Successful applicants will receive a ScreenSkills-funded Kit, but are expected to have basic hair kit items such as hair clips, hair grips, a range of brushes, a range of combs, a range of hair bands (for braids) a hair dryer, straighteners, and means to wash a training head hair (tap, sink/bath, water spritzer).

Training will take pace via Zoom. Participants are expected to have connection to the internet, an integrated camera in their device of choice and to be able to connect to Zoom.  

Confirmed participants  will be asked to attend a mandatory test session (date/time to be advised.). Those who fail to attend the test or training sessions will receive an invoice for the full cost of any kit received.

To apply:

  • please email the CMS team before midnight on Sunday, 19th July
  • your application form wil be sent via email on Monday, 20th July
  • please return your completed form by midnight on Wednesday, 22nd July. Late applications will not be considered.

Please do not hesitate to get in contact should you have an questions.

Course free due to ScreenSkills funding

This training addresses an industry skills shortage and is subsidised by ScreenSkills as an investment in the professional development of people working in the UK screen industries.

Contact information

Training provider

Afro hair essentials

Creative Media Skills

Creative Media Skills runs intensive film masterclasses led by the industry’s elite. Our courses equip industry professionals with the skills necessary to build a top-level career in film and television.

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