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The Team

     Simon Shaw     
wahl_simon_175After ten successful years as European Artistic Director of Wahl (UK) Ltd (and more recently Global Artistic Director), Simon is one of the most popular and highly regarded hairdressers/barbers within the industry.

Simon is known for his passionate, innovative and fun approach to hairdressing/barbering and education. He takes part in hairdressing/barbering exhibitions, stage shows and seminars at the Wahl Academy.  Simon is a regular visitor to LAFHAB, hosting seminars and staff training throughout the year.

wahl_5ive_175With over 20 years experience under his belt, 5ive the Barber/Stylist has been one of the main leaders in innovating and creating unique hairstyles, and has successfully created a distinct and undisputed reputation for himself within the competitive world of hairdressing. A freelance stylist with the versatility to work with male/ female, Afro and European hair, 5ive is also a technician/platform artist for various trade and product companies. His work consists of regular shows, not only up and down the UK but also across Europe and the Far East.

5ive has acquired numerous awards including ‘Wahl’s Barber of the year’ 1997, and more recently ‘Southern Stylist of the Year’ and ‘Stylist of the year 2013′ at the Black Hair and Beauty Sensationnel Awards.

     Michael Damiano     
wahl_michael_175Michael started cutting hair at the age of just 15, had a full column of clients at 16 and had already won 2 trophies by . Accolades include ‘Barber of the year 2004’ & ‘Barber of the year 2005’, In 2011 he added ‘Barber of the Year at the Afro Awards’ to his collection of wins.

Michael runs his own barbershop, as well as tutoring at the college he gained his awards at, teaching students his skills and talents in barbering, from pattern designing to funky cutting and ace of fading!

     Carl Blake     
wahl_carl_blake175Carl specialised in men’s hairdressing in 1990 when his technique and creative flair began to flourish in male grooming, opening his first men’s salon in East Sussex in 1998. Now with an impressive 25+ years experience in the hairdressing industry, Carl Blake is an instrumental member of the renowned Wahl Artistic Team. Carl has also been involved in many photoshoots which have resulted in editorial features and front covers in leading publications.

In addition to running a successful salon in West Sussex, Carl also presents his latest techniques and styles on stage at exhibitions such as Salon International and training seminars across the UK.

Wahl Academy Leeds

LAFHAB is delighted and honoured to be awarded the status of ‘WAHL Centre of Excellence’ – a very prestigious accolade that highlights the quality of training provided, from our WAHL Academy courses through to our NVQ hairdressing and barbering qualifications. Throughout 2018 Leeds Academy For Hairdressing And Barbering (LAFHAB) will continue to host Wahl Academy courses with Simon Shaw and members of the Wahl artistic team, including 5ive and Michael Damiano. Take-up is high as these courses are well in demand, some of which usually only take place in Herne Bay, Kent.

The WAHL Academy courses below are Habia-endorsed for Continued Professional Development, you will receive a WAHL certificate for successful completion.

At Lafhab, WAHL Academy courses include continental breakfast and lunch, with beverages throughout the day.

Lafhab is conveniently located in the centre of Leeds, near the train station and bus/coach station.  Parking is available nearby. Location, directions, parking and accommodation information available here.

WAHL Academy Leeds courses for 2016 are shown below, for updates please subscribe to our WAHL Academy mailing list below.

Throughout 2016 all our WAHL seminars are 1-day courses, most are held on Mondays

The Seminars

Specialist: The Shave (previously Traditional Shaving)
wahl_the_shave150The demand for male grooming has been steadily increasing over the last few years leading to a fantastic opportunity to grow salon profits by taking advantage of this expanding market. A wet shave can add an element of sophistication and luxury to your salon and offer your clients a new experience setting you apart from the competition. more info | book places


Solid Foundations – Classic Mens Grooming (previously Solid Foundations)

wahl_solid_foundations_classic_mens150This 1-day course has been designed to build confidence in newly qualified barbers, it is also perfect for experienced hairdressers who want to expand their skills into barbering or for someone who has been out of the industry and want to refresh their skills before returning. more info | book places


Specialist: The Fade (previously Ace of Fades)

wahl_the_fade150For barbers, fading is perhaps one of the most important skills and possibly one of the hardest to perform to a high standard. Fades are a mainstream style that has been around for years, and the ability to fade well means the difference between a good cut and a great cut. This 1-day WAHL Academy course teaches all aspects of this classic barbering technique, from the basics to the more advanced technicalities needed to achieve skin fades shading and blending. more info | book places

2018 Dates

Mon 19th Feb — Specialist: The Shave with Simon Shaw
Mon 19th Mar — Specialist: The Fade with Michael Damiano
Mon 16th Apr — Solid Foundation: Classic Men’s Grooming with Simon Shaw * 1 PLACE LEFT *
Mon 21st May — Specialist: The Fade with 5ive
Mon 18th Jun — Creative Advanced Gents with Andrea Raymond


more dates will be announced shortly, here and via our mailing list

Book places

Places cannot be reserved without payment unless otherwise agreed.
Places can be booked online by cash/card, by visiting LAFHAB (cash/card) or by Bank Transfer (BACS, details upon request), sorry we cannot book places or take card payments over the phone.
If you have any enquiries, please email wahl@lafhab.co.uk or call 0113 2457439 (office hours) or 07921287029 (10am-10pm 7 days a week)
Directions, parking & hotel info can be found here.


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Booking Terms & Conditions

Booking Terms and Conditions for WAHL Academy courses at LAFHAB

Programme Description:
Due to the fluid nature of training courses and our commitment to continuous improvement, WAHL (UK) Ltd reserves the right to change course content and/or trainer without notice.

Dates and Venues:
WAHL (UK) Ltd reserves the right to alter or cancel published dates and change venues without liability. In the event of a cancellation where an alternative cannot be provided, monies received in respect of that course will be refunded in full. Wahl (UK) Ltd reserves the right to refuse claims for loss of profit, expenses, etc.

Booking will be confirmed within 1 working day of receipt of payment. Booking and payment can be made on line, by Bank Transfer (details upon request) or at Lafhab Academy premises by credit / debit card.

Delegate Substitutions:
Substitutions can be made at any time without incurring a penalty.

Cancellations / Refunds:
All bookings are non-refundable but can be transferred to another individual.

Terms & Fees:
All fees are correct at the time of publish; however Lafhab and WAHL Academy reserve the right to change them.

Copyright/Intellectual Property:
The recording of all or part of any Wahl course, visual or audio, is strictly prohibited, unless prior permission is sought from Wahl (UK) Ltd. All copyrights, patents, designs and other intellectual property rights in or relating to any course materials provided or made available in connection with the public course or on-site course, remain the sole property of WAHL (UK) Ltd. No part of any course materials may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, or translated into any language, without the prior written permission of WAHL (UK) Ltd.[/wpex]

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