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Backstage Boot Camp - 2 day course with Alfie.

  • The London School of Media Make Up Leyton Studios, Argall Avenue, Leyton E10 7QE United Kingdom (map)
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We are excited to bring you this innovative course that is a first for the industry! "Backstage Boot Camp" is a 2 day course that will not only enable you with core technical skills but give you an inside knowledge of the mindset required to succeed in the session world. To deliver this course we have collaborated with Alfie, who has years of experience in the industry as former 1st assistant to the acclaimed Eugene Souleiman. Alfie’s knowledge and experience means he truly understands how to succeed as an aspiring assistant.

With a growing portfolio Alfie has been lucky enough to work with renowned photographers such as Nick Knight and Nan Goldin to mention a few. Whilst creating publications for i-D, Document Journal, AnOther, Them and SSAW.

This course is about providing hair professionals with fundamental techniques that are the key components to not only working successfully backstage at fashion week but are also the foundations for most editorial looks. This course has never been taught before and will provide you with a unique insight into what it takes to secure a place in the top teams of the session world. Together we are eager to help prepare you to succeed in any environment.





  • Detailed interactive demonstrations of the core fundamental techniques, vital for session stylists but equally inspiring for hairdressers wanting expand their skill set. 

  • Methodical hands-on training enabling you to thoroughly understand these core techniques.

  • How to approach fashion week with the right mind set.

  • The dos and the dont's of working in the session industry.

  • What essential tools you will need in your kit bag.

  • Advice on applying to work backstage at fashion week, approaching agencies and building your own contacts.



  • Qualified salon hairdressers interested in developing new areas of their craft.

  • No backstage experience required.

  • Aspiring session stylists wanting to further their career.

  • Session stylists with backstage experience wanting to build more confidence.



As part of a Session Kit course, you will have the opportunity to try out our full range of amazing tools. However you will be required to bring a basic kit with you.

  • Hair dryer

  • Tongs

  • Straightening iron

  • Brushes

  • Combs - Pin tail, standard cutting comb, wide tooth

  • Diffuser



  • Monday - 9.30am arrival, 10am start, 5.30pm finish (approximately.)

  • Tuesday - 10am , 5.30 finish.  


  • Monday 6th January 20 - Tuesday 7th January 20

I feel very lucky to have worked with such amazing and talented hairdressers from all over the world by being part of Eugene’s team at fashion week. I certainly would not be where I am today without his guidance and mentoring from a team of experienced stylists. I was fortunate enough to get onto the team but many others do not get the same opportunity. Being backstage is fast paced, stressful and there is no time for mistakes. I would like to show people the fundamentals, from what they need in their kit, right through to the essential skills and vital techniques to survive fashion week and work alongside the best.
— Alfie

How to find us on the day (detailed instructions):


Lea Bridge is the closest railway station to E10 7QE.



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