The Academy.

Who runs the academy?

The academy is run by the Decent Cut team and headed up by our multiple-award-winning barber, Sam Habte. The academy tutors are all barbers at Decent Cut, bringing their expertise across various specialisms to give you the broadest knowledge base possible. Whether you’re looking to learn creative blow-drying techniques or innovative cornrow styles, our academy tutors have the skills you need to get started in your barbering career.

Why did you start the academy?

Basically, pure demand. We found we were often being approached by people who wanted to learn the craft, who wanted us to teach them how we did what we do. So we set up the academy to teach others the fundamentals of barbering and the various techniques we use to get the results our customers are so happy with.

But of course it’s not just about the practicalities of barbering. Here at Decent Cut, we’re all about the customer experience. Our clients are at the very core of what we do. Every hair we cut, every shave we perform, every call we answer, every post we write… it’s all done with the aim of providing a world-class service. So we decided to create a specialised learning environment geared towards teaching not just the techniques showcased in our salon next door, but the customer-centred approach we take to ensure our clients keep coming back to us, time and again.

Who can attend the academy?

Absolutely anyone who wants to learn how to barber, from the absolute beginner to freelancers looking to pick up some new techniques. If you can hold a set of clippers and a pair of scissors and are hungry to learn, we’d be happy to teach you. Book on to one of our courses, and let’s get cutting.

I have no experience cutting hair – can I come to the academy?

Absolutely. Whether you’ve never picked up a set of clippers before or have some basic skills but want to hone them, we’ve got a place at the academy for you. Find the course that best suits your experience and start your training.

I am already a barber but I want to brush up my skills – can you help?

Of course. We offer a range of one- and two-day 1-2-1 masterclasses in individual skills, which might be right up your street. Alternatively, if you’ve been out of the game for a while and are looking for a more generalised brushing up of skills, book yourself on to one of our other courses to get a broader knowledge of current practices and techniques.

Do you offer classes for professionals?

We do. We’re often entering (and winning) competitions that put us up against the best in the businesses, so we know how to stand shoulder to shoulder with other professionals. We’d be more than happy to help you hone your skills or teach you more about the various hair types we come across in Decent Cut. Take a look at our courses and 1-2-1 masterclasses to see what might suit you best.

Do you offer an accreditation?

We’re currently in the process of getting our courses formally accredited. For now, you can be sure you will be learning everything that is on an accredited course, and certainly everything required to become a confident barber – just without the higher price and certificate at the end.

What support will I get during the course?

The courses are run by our Decent Cut barbers, and it is them who will be supporting you through your learning. Each student will get time with and access to their tutor while working on dolls and live models, giving you the chance to ask any questions or voice any uncertainties you may have.

The Decent Cut tutors will be on hand at all times to supervise and support you, helping you build your confidence while you gain the experience you need to put your barbering skills to use in the real world.

If you want to raise a matter privately, email

The Learning Experience.

How do I book a course?

How do I book a course?

  1. Go to ‘Courses’ and find the one you want to attend.
  2. Select a course date and then ‘Add to basket’. You will see a note that confirms you have added the course to your basket.
  3. View your basket by clicking on the alert, or the basket icon in the top right of your page.
  4. If you have a coupon code, you can add it on this page. Alternatively, click ‘Proceed to Checkout’ to finish your purchase.
  5. Fill in your billing details and make the payment.
  6. You’ll receive confirmation of your booking. Then just make a note of the date in your diary and start getting excited about the course.

If you have any questions or special requirements, email us at or give us a ring on 0161 839 0678.

All students are encouraged to read our Behaviour & Learning Policy designed to provide an excellent learning experience to all students attending the academy.

Can I spread the cost of course?

We are looking at different options for you to be able to set up credit directly through the website. For now, you’ll need to find your own way of spreading the payment – give us a call on 0161 839 0678 and we’ll do our best to help. Please note that all courses must be paid for in full before the course starts to secure your place.

Can I pause the course halfway through?

You can take a break whenever you like, but you will need to complete the course within the dates given at the time of booking.

The course dates and number of weeks will be made clear to you when you book your place. As long as you complete the course within those dates, the schedule of days you come in is completely up to you. We always recommend following a pattern of set days to ensure your learning is consistent, but if you want to complete all your modules much sooner, you can.

Where does the course take place?

All courses currently take place at the Decent Cut Academy, situated on the top floor of the Arndale Centre in Manchester city centre. You’ll find us near the entrance to Boots, by the stairs that lead up to the food court. Check out Google Maps for our exact location.

Do you have a code of conduct?

Yes, the purpose of our Behaviour Policy is to provide excellent learning experience to all students attending the academy. You can read the Behaviour & Learning Policy here.