Here are some of our past students who explain what it’s like to train  with us, and why they chose Thomas Lloyd Barbering Academy.

Connor Griffiths


Amazing experience with Lloyd at Thomas Lloyd Barbering Academy.

The best thing I’ve done in terms of a career change.

Lloyd’s method of teaching works brilliant for all ages, it makes it a lot easier as he’s very approachable.

I wish I had done this course a lot sooner, had I known it would have been this good.

Big thanks to Lloyd for the help and guidance throughout the course,

I cannot wait to begin my career as a barber a NVQ qualified barber

Owen Watkins

This well established training academy is fantastic for all types of barbers, so much fun from start to finish.

The level of skills and experience I gained in 9 weeks was scary, not to mention the best types of people I met along the way.

Lloyd Morgan is a credit to the barbering world what he doesn’t know, isn’t worth knowing! I came across Thomas Lloyd Barbering Academy online as I was hoping to achieve my career as a barber.

The academy was close to home and situated in the best city the Uk has to offer, Cardiff.

After speaking to Lloyd on the phone I knew then and there I wanted to enrol in his academy, I can not say thank you enough! Total blast, l loved every single minute and definitely gained a good friend. 

Conor Sherman

I decided to do the course with Lloyd after hearing good things from barbers back home who had done the course or knew someone who had.
Lloyd makes the course fun but at the same time making sure all your work is to a high standard, the small group allows Lloyd to keep a close eye and really work on areas he thinks you need improvement.
I’d recommend this course to anyone who is looking to get into the industry as it’s quick and gets you ready to start work straight away.
I can’t thank Lloyd enough for teaching me a set of skills I’ll use for life.
Conor is now working at Grooming for men Cardiff

Sara Hughes

Wow, what a fantastic 9 weeks that I’ve just had at Thomas Lloyd Barbering Academy.  I’m so happy that I made the decision to pick up the phone and secure my spot onto the 9 week NVQ2 course.

I’ve always had an interest in hair, but never got around to pursuing it as life gets in the way.

I’ve been a Primary school teacher for 10+ years, I’ve worked in pubs, Aldi store assistant, Community nursery nurse etc, but I wasn’t happy with my choices of career.

My passion is socialising and I love to make people feel good about themselves, so I thought to myself, “why not make them look good too”.  Long story short, I found myself looking online for barbering courses and stumbled upon Thomas Lloyd Barbering Academy and I’m so happy that I did.

I was immediately impressed at the speed in which I could complete the course (9 weeks) and that sounded much better than having to attend night college once a week for a whole year. I also saw that Lloyd offered small class sizes which meant that we could have one to one training and that we would be learning our new skills in a live barbershop.  The look and feel of the shop is awesome… You should pop in and have a look.

Lloyd also supplies the live models for us to practice on, so we didn’t have to worry about having to look for people to cut.  All of the clients were patient and friendly and didn’t mind sitting in the chair for a little bit longer than they normally would.

Lloyd is an outstanding tutor.  He’s friendly, approachable, patient and has a wealth of knowledge that he’s more than happy to share with you.  He also helped me find my 1st ever job after the completing the course, which is awesome, woohoooo.  For me, the course was something that blew my mind (in a good way) and I can’t stop recommending it to my friends and random people I meet ha ha.

So, something to think about.  You’re never too old to change career, learn a new skill and chase your dreams.  I 100% recommend that you give Lloyd a call and book onto one of his courses.  I’m certain that you wouldn’t be sorry.

Sara is now working in Guerins Barbershop

Jason Spencer

I can’t thank Lloyd enough for the training I have revieved over the past few months. The course itself was great and excellent value for money.

The support I received from Lloyd was fantastic, he is an outstanding barber and I felt fortunate to have him as my tutor and teach me his skills.

He went above and beyond to help me with the theory side of things in which I lacked confidence but with his help and support I am now a fully qualified NVQ2 barber and am already working within a successful barber shop.

I would highly recommend this course to anyone looking to pursue a career in barbering and I will miss my time spent there.

Jason now runs his own Barbershop Zion Barbers.

Zac Devey

I decided to join Lloyd after many positive reviews from people new to the industry who have trained through the academy.

I felt welcomed instantly and was helped at every hurdle.

From club cutting on doll heads to skin fading on the shop floor a step by step guide is available along the way.

The academy has an amazing atmosphere and Lloyd is a true character and a credit to the business.

As someone who had never held clippers before, my ability and confidence has rocketed, and I am looking forward to the next step in my career. This opportunity wouldn’t have been available to me if it wasn’t for Lloyd.

Zac is now working at Humble Barbershop

Owen Smith

This course was everything that I thought it would be and more. I cannot recommend this course enough to anyone that is interested in becoming a barber.

I went from never having held a pair of scissors in my life to being able to confidently execute a variety of hairstyles within a matter of months.
Within weeks of completing the course all of our class had acquired employment. This course is a great investment and will give you a very solid foundation to build your career upon.
Lloyd is a seasoned professional and a great tutor. His teaching style is relaxed and he creates a fun environment that is very conducive to learning.
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I highly recommend doing this course if you want to become a barber! The level of which I’ve reached in just 9 weeks is unbelievable. Doing the course is easily the best decision I have ever made.

Its intense but fun at the same time. Everyone has a laugh together, Lloyd has nailed it with how he approaches teaching, he is really helpful, and the small classes are good because he has the time to really focus on helping everyone individually.

I have met some great people, and made new friends. Again I can’t fault it!

Ian is now working at Guerins Barbershop

Darran Ryan

After been made redundant and working as a kitchen designer for over 27 years and at the age of 47 I decided that I would like a total change of career.

I had always liked the idea of barbering and I would often say when asked what would you have done if it hadn’t been kitchen designer? A barber would be my reply.

However I thought that that would never happen as I was too old to change direction. How wrong I was!!!!….

I started searching online for Barbering courses and came across Thomas Lloyd Barbering Academy. I gave them a call, after chatting to Lloyd I went along to have a look and to find out more. I was so impressed with the Academy, after asking how it all worked and being shown around and meeting some of the students I booked in for a free haircut.

I was so impressed with the cut that Bec did for me, it was better than haircuts that I had paid for in the past !!!! I decided to take the challenge and  booked in for the August-October course 2019.I was so sceptical, how an earth could I learn a new skill at my age, how could I learn to cut hair and get a job in a barbers at 47?

I decided to go with it as this was something I could really see me doing . I loved it! it was hard work and took all my commitment but I can honestly say is was one of  the best decisions I have ever made.Lloyd is fantastic, he gave me confidence and support where needed, he would spend time repeating things if needed, it was great and after finishing the course I have had two job offers and I start on Monday in a barbers shop in Caerphilly.

I hope this will help someone who is unsure and maybe in the same position as I was, just do it!!!!  I have made some friends for life and now it’s all done I really miss the place ,and Lloyd and his great personality and sense of humour.

Darran is now working in Groom for Men Penarth


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I chose the course because my friend did it with Lloyd a few years ago and spoke very highly of the course and Lloyd.

He is now the owner of a very successful barber shop in Australia where I am going to work also. I found the course brilliant.

Lloyd was excellent and always on hand to point us in the right direction. The small class was the perfect size for him to be able to advise everyone adequately and the fact that it was a real shop with real clients really gave us the experience and confidence to move into real a salon at the end of the course.

I would highly recommend the course to anyone thinking about this career. Lloyd is a very talented barber with great experience and shares his knowledge of the trade which is easy to absorb and learn from.

Sean is now working at the Backbone Barbershop on the Gold Coast Australia after completing the 9 week NVQ level 2 diploma in barbering course.

Jay Williams

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My names Jay and I went on Lloyd’s NVQ level 2 barbering course.

I heard about the course from my barber back in Swansea he said it would be the best course to go on.

Its intense but very fun, everyone has a laugh together, Lloyd is really helpful, and the small classes are very good because Lloyd can spend more time with each person.

It’s probably one of the best things I have done I have met some great people.

The fading day with Matthew was helpful because it can push your cuts to the next level and is a really fun day.

Due to the course I have gained a job a week before the course has finished which if this has happened Lloyd is doing something right.

Can’t fault the course best thing I’ve done.

Tom Sheppard

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I came to do the course, after swapping careers and found that it offered the perfect balance of been very professional and of a high quality of training.

The small class sizes give you plenty of one to one training. It’s been an amazing experience.

Lloyd has been very helpful with every question I have asked, helping me get the clarity I have needed to go from strength to strength with both my confidence and competence as a trainee barber.

I now feel ready to go straight into a full-time career as a professional barber. The 9 weeks are broken up into a perfect mix of theory work and understanding the basic techniques, building through more advanced techniques whilst giving you all the information needed to work in a barber shop or salon.

We then went into cutting live models, giving you a real experience of what it will be like in your new career.

This course is the perfect way to learn to be a barber, the small class sizes confirm how much Lloyd cares about each student and them being trained to a high standard. If you want to be a barber with a high standard in cutting, customer service and care, then you seriously won’t find a better one, taking this leap of faith to finally change careers, has been the best decision I’ve made.

Tom is now working at Bones Barbershop after completing the 9 week NVQ level 2 diploma in barbering course.

Iwan Jones

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I chose this course because it had great reviews at a reasonable price. The first day I met Lloyd he put me at ease and explained what we were going to be doing on the course and made me feel comfortable asking about anything that I was unsure of.

The course is great as it has a good balance of theory and practical. Lloyd manages to make the course fun but always keeps it on a professional level .

The 9 weeks have flown by, and I’ve learnt more than I could have ever imagined and have honestly had the best 9 weeks of my life. I definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking to get into the trade at a high standard. I can’t thank Lloyd enough for everything he’s done for me.

Iwan is now working at Keep the Faith Barbershop after completing the 9 week NVQ level 2 diploma in barbering course.

Rona Skudos

EarIier this year, I was looking to find an intensive barbering course at a highly-regarded establishment and, ideally in commutable distance from my home in Bristol. After some research, it stood out from the crowd and was simply a ‘no-brainer’… I signed up immediately.

Upon just completing the course, my experience did not disappoint and lived up to every expectation. Myself and my fellow students all received fantastic one-to-one tuition from Lloyd. We practiced a huge variety of cuts on our live models. The barbershop environment was warm, bright and welcoming and a pleasure to spend every day over the past 7 weeks. It’s amazing to look back to day one and see how far our skills and confidence have all come, and I cannot thank Lloyd enough for his humour, time & patience. Highly recommend!

Rona has gone on to use her new barbering skills in Tv and film after completing the 7 week non NVQ barbering course.

Griff Davies

My experience on the 9 weeks NVQ level 2 diploma in barbering was awesome. Absolutely mind blown  how much I learnt. It has also been really fun. I cannot think of a single thing I haven’t enjoyed about the course (other then cutting myself with the scissors). The class sizes are perfect, a lot of 1 to 1 which is very useful. Before starting the course I looked around at other barbering courses and found that this course had the smallest class sizes for roughly the same prices of other courses I looked at. By far the best investment I could have ever made.

I have built my confidence up everyday to a cutting standard where I can charge money for a hair cut. I am on my last week now and I will be sad to leave. Lloyd’s teaching made it so much easier, most patient man I have ever met. I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to enter the barbering industry.

Griff is now  working at Dean Price Barbers after completing the 9 week NVQ level 2 diploma in barbering course.

Sam Wade

I’ve wanted to become a barber for a few years now and after doing months of research on different courses I came across the academy, living in Swansea, and with the course being in Cardiff I thought this would be ideal. I was right, ever since the first day of meeting Lloyd and the boys I knew this was the best place for me to learn the trade, with the class only being small, you really get the one to one training needed to learn the trade.

Lloyd has been fantastic with us all, mixing fun and professionalism has made the experience worthwhile, I couldn’t recommend a better person or a better environment to learn barbering, on day one I couldn’t even hold the scissors properly having no experience what so ever, but with the great training from Lloyd, you really do pick up a lot in a short space of time

If anyone is seriously thinking about doing a barbering course then I would highly recommend you look no further, made a friend in Lloyd and the other boys, and will miss the course a lot, top man Lloyd, and thank you for everything.

Sam is now working at All or Nothing Barbershop after completing the 9 week NVQ level 2 diploma in barbering course.


I had been working in an office job feeling miserable for a few years and wanted a change. Thomas Lloyd Barbering Academy was recommended to me by a friend who was a working barber so I decided to take the plunge.
Working in small groups with Lloyd was extremely helpful and I had as much time as I needed as well as having a great time learning. I got everything I needed from the course to start barbering straight away. I have been working full time in the industry from the day I qualified. Taking this course changed my life for the better and I cant recommend it enough for anyone looking to make a change and committed to barbering.

Tom is now working at Renowned Salon after completing the 9 week NVQ level 2 diploma in barbering course.


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My 9 weeks has exceeded my expectations in every way possible! I originally chose the course after doing a lot of research online and figured that it was the right choice for me; mainly because of the small class sizes meaning you get Lloyds full attention. A talented, humble and experienced tutor who is always willing to develop the students not only as barbers but as entrepreneurs also. The location of the shop is also great with plenty of parking spaces and so many choices for lunch (ask Lloyd about Woodville Wednesdays).

All in all I couldn’t recommend the academy highly enough. The skills I have gained will set me apart from other newly qualified barbers as Lloyd goes above and beyond the standard NVQ Level 2 to ensure you really are shop ready in 9 weeks. As with everything in life you get out of it what you put in so work hard and the rest will follow. If you are lucky enough to have a group like mine then you will also make some friends for life.

Adrian is the successful owner of his own Barbershop AJ  Barbers he did this after completing the 9 week NVQ level 2 diploma in barbering course.

Kate Durham

My name is Kate and I have been a hairdresser for 12 years, I have worked in a Hairdressing Salon for most of my hairdressing career and been doing mobile for the last 5 years. Most of my clientele are women. Due to the mobile business growing and the demand I decided to open my own salon. I decided to do the course as I wanted to offer Barbering services in the salon. I felt I needed more experience and practice in the barbering side of things as I have never been taught barbering before.

I did some research online and found Thomas Lloyd Barbering Academy. I feel that Lloyd has helped me fulfil my career, I now can offer all types of hairdressing and barbering service in my new salon with great confidence, without this course I think the barbering would have been a struggle. I highly recommend Thomas Lloyd Barbering Academy to beginners and new/currant hairdressers to better them self’s in the barber industry. I had the best 9 weeks and met friends for life, and I learned so much. Thank you Lloyd for everything.

Kate is now the successful owner of her own hair salon Kate’s Unisex Salon.

Megan Bowes

Thomas Lloyd barbering has been the best 7 weeks I could ever have asked for. I was recommended Thomas Lloyd Barbering Academy by a colleague and friend of mine. We are both Make up artist in the TV industry with little knowledge of hair cutting. I wanted to get to grips with barbering and go back to basics and get more confidence.

I feel after 7 weeks of the course I have gained more than I ever thought I could. The way Lloyd runs the course is absolutely fantastic and sadly the 7 weeks flew by! To work as a barber in the front of the shop was a brilliant opportunity and gave me so much more confidence dealing with many hair types and different haircuts.

Lloyd is there to give you so much help and Guidance along the way. With a small group size you do really feel you are getting one to one mentoring. The atmosphere in the barbers was a lovely place to spend 7 weeks, I had an amazing group and with Lloyd we didn’t stop laughing.

I am looking forward to putting my new skills to work in my career and I have lots to thank Lloyd at Thomas Lloyd barbering for that. I can’t recommend Lloyd’s course enough, If your looking to become a barber or like me gain another skill to enhance your career this is the course for you. Trust me you won’t regret it!

Rebecca Johns

Having wanted to do barbering for over 10 years, I finally had the courage to step up and do it. With having the time to go and learn I looked up courses and Thomas Lloyd Barbering Academy popped up. It was definitely worth it.

I felt doing the NVQ level 2 in barbering with Thomas Lloyd I would learn a lot more than attending a college. I would also complete the course in much less time.

I felt that each one of us students had plenty of one to one training. Lloyd was very helpful with every aspect of the course. He helped each one of us to grow, build our barbering abilities and help us with our confidence.

This course is most definitely one of the best ways to learn to be a barber. In just 9 weeks you learn so much from cutting hair, customer service and all the skills to be job ready.

I couldn’t recommend this course enough to people who are wanting to go into the barbering industry. I would like to thank Lloyd for helping me achieve the knowledge and techniques needed to begin a career as a qualified barber also achieving my lifetime goal.