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IHF Education Diary 2018


The IHF Executive have put together an amazing EDUCATION DIARY 2018... offering very affordable training to all the team covering a wide variety of topics.  For further details log onto  https://www.eventbrite.ie/d/ireland/irish-hairdressers-federation/?q=irish+hairdressers+Federation&loc=ireland&date=

 OR       Call 056-8833808


MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS with business guru Duncan Kenna.  Duncan is the owner of three successful salons and employs over fifty staff.  This seminar is for those interested in staying in business for the long haul.... Duncan will share his journey and will also give very valuable hints and tips along the way.  This will be an opportunity to network with other salon owners managers and co-ordinators. 

A very important part of being in business is networking and learning and sharing ideas with others.  You are in business for yourself not by yourself.  This is practical education at an affordable price - 50 euro per person....book your ticket on www.eventbrite.ie.  This seminar will take place on 16th July at the Alfaparf Academy.




The luxurious Galmont Hotel, Galway was the setting for the first SPARK session, this new initiative by the Irish Hairdressers Federation, aims to highlight women in the hairdressing industry in Ireland, bring them together and create a network of support. 

Hosted by the energetic, passionate House of Colour Director and IHF President David Campbell this was always going to be electric….people enjoyed light refreshments on arrival and relaxed for the evening insight and heard about the highs and lows of running a business from four outstanding female leaders in our industry.

The panellists were entrepreneurs Danielle Kennedy, Vice President of the IHF and owner of Lloyds Hair, Sarah Mason of Sarah Mason Professional, Denise Walsh of Rustiq Salon and Olive Tucker Lee from House of Colour.  These hugely successful ladies told their story, warts and all, building the successful businesses they run today. The panel collectively employ over 100 staff operating in Dublin, Waterford, Kilkenny and Galway they are a pivotal part of the economic structure in their local towns. 

Like so many women in business around the country they are Juggling family life, young children, businesses, homes and marriage and keeping it all on track is no easy task.  They each spoke honestly and frankly about their journey to date and their deliveries were passionate, emotional, funny and inspiring.

The panellists gave their time, knowledge and honesty to help those present and personified what it really means to be a successful female in the Hair Industry in Ireland. Follow these inspirational, intelligent, creative, imaginative, astute business women and learn from them.   

The next IHF SPARK session will take place in Waterford in the Autumn….more details to follow

SPARK, starting a fire that will reignite the industry

 END….IHF, Seskin South, Ballyragget, Co Kilkenny. Tel: 056-8833808.  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


SPARK - MONDAY 18th June - 6.30pm at the Galmont Hotel, Galway.  


Olive, Denise, Danielle and Sarah



 The Irish Hairdressers Federation are launching a new initiative called Spark Sessions!

 Spark Sessions are about females in the industry sharing their experiences, building each other up and creating a network of support.

 The first session takes place on Monday June 18th  in the gorgeous setting of The Galmont Hotel Galway at 6:30pm.

Enjoy a glass of prosecco or tea/coffee on arrival and sit back for an evening insight and as we hear about the highs and lows of running a business from four outstanding female leaders in our industry.

 This will be an inspiring and revealing event and an absolute game-changer in perspective, the generosity of panellists and their want to share their in-depth knowledge and experiences in the industry will be invaluable for all attendees.

Join our host for the evening IHF President and House Of Colour CEO, David Campbell with our four panelists in a frank and honest conversation as we shine a light on what it really means to be a successful female in the Hair Industry in Ireland. We have an incredible line-up of panelists, Sarah Mason of Sarah Mason Professional, Danielle Kennedy IHF Vice President and of Lloyds Hair, Olive Tucker of House Of Colour & Denise Walsh of Rustiq Salon

……Spark Sessions will start a fire that reignites the industry 

Tickets are available on Eventbrite and are €40






Call 056-8833808

National Hairdressing Apprenticeship

National Hairdressing Apprenticeship  - November 2017

Earlier this year the Government through the Apprenticeship Council invited proposals for national apprenticeships.  The IHF submitted our proposal for a National Hairdressing Apprenticeship. The closing date for proposals was the 1st September. We have been informed that the Assessment process for proposed Apprenticeships is still on going and formal recommendations of the Apprenticeship Council will not be announced until mid/end November. We will keep everyone informed of any further updates as we get them.





PRESS RELEASE September 2017


National Hairdressing Apprenticeship.


Currently in Ireland there are only 27 Apprenticeships, in 2016 a total of approx 3,700 apprentices were registered. The IHF has long been involved in proposals, negotiations and discussions with all the relevant parties in an attempt to have a recognised National Apprenticeship for Hairdressing.

There is now a whole new process and this called for an industry led consortium to develop a proposal under the new guidelines where the consortium must consist of Employer representatives, Employee representatives, Education representatives, buy-in from  named employers and documented statements of support.

5pm on Friday 1st September was the closing date for submissions and we are very happy to say that there were three other proposals with the IHF proposal submitted in relation to hairdressing.

The IHF would like to thank all of those present and past who have worked to have a recognised apprenticeship for hairdressing, we believe there dreams will now be realised and this can only raise the standards, profile and professionalism in our Industry.

You will see from the ten step plan (below) the key areas must be industry led and the IHF are very proud to say that as the leading Industry representation we look forward to the approval of the development of an Apprenticeship.

In the coming months the Apprenticeship Council (which is appointed by the Minister of Education and Skills and consists of representatives from Enterprise, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Further and Higher Education and training bodies and the department of Education and Skills) will assess the proposals and together make a determination on approval of  the development of our Apprenticeship. We would like to acknowledge the other proposers and believe this amount of interest can only ensure we get what we have long fought for a “National Hairdressing Apprenticeship”.

The IHF proposal fulfils all of the criteria of the consortium required and we in conjunction with any future partners believe there will be a National Hairdressing Apprenticeship.



There are ten main steps involved in developing a National Hairdressing Apprenticeship and these are:

  1. Proposal-research skills & need (Industry-led consortium)
  2. Assessment & approval for development (apprenticeship council, minister for education & skills)
  3. Project plan approved & development funding allocated (SOLAS, FEA, Apprenticeship Council)
  4. Programme Development (Industry led consortium)
  5. Occupational Profile Approved (Apprenticeship Council)
  6. QA Approved &programme validated (validation body/QQI)
  7. Creation of industrial training order (Solas)
  8. Implementation plan &budget agreed (SOLAS and FEA)
  9. Approval of employers registration of apprentices (SOLAS)
  10. Apprenticeship underway (Industry led consortium)


It is expected by the end of the year the Apprenticeship Council will announce what apprenticeship proposals they approve for further development.

The IHF will post further information on subjects relating to the apprenticeship programme in the coming months.




IHF Hair Hub 2018



IHF Business Hub 2017

IHF Business Hub 2017


Thanks the presenters for making this an amazing day. 


  • Susan Wylie from PKF Accountants, Dublin.
  • Paul Davey, Hairdressing Live
  • Duncan and Irene Kenna, Occasions Hairdressing
  • Adam Snare, Salon Freedom Coach


Thanks to those that attend this event and for their hugely positive feedback.

IHF Business Hub 2017


Date:    Monday 9th October 2017 9:30am - 4:30pm


Venue:  The Academy Plaza Hotel, Findlater Street, off O'Connell Street, Dublin


Cost:    50 per person - EARLY BIRD PRICE up to 22nd September           

             €60 per person after 22nd September

Can you believe it is that time of year again!
Running your business takes up lot of time and sometimes you can get caught up in the business of trying to run a business. This year we are taking you to The Academy Plaza Hotel, Dublin to deliver a fantastic 1 day seminar with amazing guest speakers.



10am - 11:15am -  PKF Accountants

Is your business providing you with the lifestyle you deserve?

Advice on accounting, tax, wages, revenue etc.


11:30am - 12:45pm - Hairdressing Live

Paul Davey will talk about his revolutionary Hairdressing Live concept.

Hairdressing Live - front row hairdressing at the touch of a button.

12:45pm - 1:30pm LUNCH


1:30pm - 2:45pm - In the Chair


Duncan and Irene Kenna from Occasions Hairdressing share their story.  This duo have been in business for over 25 years...lots of valuable hints and tips to be learned from their journey. 


3:00pm - 4:15pm - Salon Freedom Coach


 Adam Snare...Are you working for your business or is your business working for you?  Stop and Listen....see what you will learn.


 Call IHF 056-8833808 or 0866995003

re tickets for this event.








IHF Master Craftsman in Hairdressing

IHF Master Craft Diploma Graduation 

Congratulations to those who gradauted at the Crumlin College Graduation ceremony on Tuesday 18th September 2012.  Pictured below is Greg Clarke, President IHF together with 1st year graduates, 2nd year graduates and Master Craftsman Hairdressing Diploma graduates.


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Crumlin College of Further Education

Master Craftsman Hairdressering Diploma

lThe IHF in  conjunction with Crumlin College operate the IHF Master Craftsman in Hairdressing Dioloma course.  For further details contact Gary Kavanagh at Crumlin College: 01-4540662.


The Master Craftsman Diploma in Hairdressing is a two year hairdressing course consisting of four separate modules which is facilitated by Crumlin College of Further Education for the Irish Hairdressing Federation (IHF).

The award achieved by successful candidates is the Master Hairdresser Diploma which is awarded by the Irish Hairdressers Federation who are the examining body.


The minimum entry requirement for this course is that each candidate has a minmumu of six years experience in hairdressing, is presnetly working in a salon and has a broad knoweldge of all aspects of the hairdressing industry.


  • Advanced Hairdressing Science
  • Supervisory Management
  • Business Management
  • Practical Hairdressing


The modules may not run in the above order, depending on point of entry of candidate into the two year cycle.

As each of the modules only consists of a limited number of nights (one night a week over twelve weeks) students are advised to set aside time duringthe course on a weekly basis for revision and study.  This is especially important during the Practical module as students are only guided on techniques that might improve their existing skills and are not taught basic skills (often if a student feels that they lack the basic knowledge in a particular skill they may need extra training/course to bring this skill up to an acceptable standard.



The Diploma will only be awarded to candidates who have successfully completed all four module examinations.  Candidates must be either personally registered members or employed by salons who are registered members of the Irish Hairdressers Federation at the time of conferring.

 Pleae note that these are the current conditions on enrolment for this session and may be subject to change in future years.

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