Hair, Beauty & Complementary Therapies

Are you passionate about a career in Hairdressing, Barbering, Beauty, Make-up Artistry or Complementary Therapies?

We have a diverse range of courses which can lead to professional qualifications and potentially allow you to work anywhere in the world. Hairdressing, Barbering, Beauty and Make-up Artistry is not just about the high street – the industry is continuously evolving with changes in fashion and the development of products and techniques.

Here at Dundee and Angus College we pride ourselves on offering a wide variety of creative approaches and the chance to develop yourself and your skills in your chosen specialism. We also work closely with industry partners, which will provide opportunities during your studies and ensure your training is industry-led.

We will give you the tools and education required to ensure you are working towards your dreams and goals in becoming confident and successful.

Jacqui's Story

47 year old Jacqui Cartwright from Arbroath didn’t let her age get in the way of pursuing her dream career! 

“My friend owned a hairdressing salon and I used to go in and help when I had time to spare as I loved the environment so much,” she explains. “I dreamed of being able to cut and foil hair but honestly thought, being in my forties, that I was just too old to attend college to retrain and have a career as a hairdresser. My family and friends persuaded me to apply and give it a go and I’m so glad I did. I was accepted onto the Level 2 Hairdressing course as I already had salon experience and I absolutely loved every minute of it!” 

Jacqui was surprised to learn that there’s so much more to hairdressing than picking up a comb and a pair of scissors. 

“The theory side of things particularly interested me and helped me understand why we were doing what we did on the practical side. Before starting, I worried that my age would hold me back on the social side of things but it really didn’t - I got on so well with everyone in the class. All the lecturers and staff were so easy-going and were always there to help with anything.” 

Jacqui is now working as a hairdresser at a salon in Arbroath. She plans to continue learning new skills and techniques as the industry evolves. 

Leanne’s Story – Be the best you can be

Leanne English was working at KFC in Arbroath for seven years before she decided to apply to D&A College.   

“I knew I needed to do something for myself. I was hungry for success and wanted to make my family proud. I signed up for Beauty Therapy Level 2 then went on to study Make-up. 

I learned so much on both courses. In Beauty Therapy I loved to wax and tint eyebrows. In Make-up I realised I had no clue what make-up was all about until I started studying! The support the tutors gave me was second to none. They believe in you which pushes you to do more and be the best you can be.”   

While at college, Leanne entered a few competitions which resulted in, among others, 1st place for Bridal Make-up in the north east of Scotland, 2nd place for Beauty Therapy in Scotland and the final eight selected for the UK En Vogue Makeup.   

“I got to go to Blackpool, Birmingham, Glasgow and Aberdeen to compete which was so much fun. Most of all I have gained confidence that I am a good therapist, good enough to be self-employed and run my own business.”     Leanne has been a self-employed make-up artist and beautician for almost three years.   

“I would love to have my own shop, become a certified educator and train students on what I love to do. I want to share my passion!”  

Kirsten's Story – Kirsten is aiming to be a cut above   

Kirsten Cramond is studying for a hairdressing apprenticeship while working at a local salon.   

“During my apprenticeship I have gained a lot of confidence in aspects I thought I would struggle with such as cutting hair but I really enjoyed it. My favourite part has to be colouring as you are able to be as creative as you want and can try new trends and techniques.”   

Kirsten gained her Level 2 in Hairdressing and is now working through her Level 3.   

“I am proud of what I have achieved so far and I am challenging myself to try new hair colours and cuts, and to keep on top of all the new in fashion trends within the hair sector. One day I would like to open a salon of my own.”