A recap of our talented Qualified barbers giving you their personal experience of Thomas Lloyd Barbering Academy


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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.

Jay is now working at The Handsome Devils club Barbershop after completing the 9 week NVQ level 2 diploma in barbering course.

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.