About the Academy

The Partners Hair design Training Academy which opened in January 2012 is the realisation of a longstanding dream. This Training Academy gives us the opportunity to enhance our current training offering both to staff as well as to any learner who wishes to obtain a full Ladies Hairdressing NQF 2,3,4 qualification. We have replicated the salon model in such a way that our learners will be better prepared for integration into the real salon world. They will work with products from the larger product houses, and will be trained in the use of the in-salon software that is commonly used by large companies in the hairdressing industry.


Lewis Thomas - Partners Hair Design Training Academy
Lewis Thomas

Lewis Thomas, owner of Partners Hair Design started this successful group of salons in 1984 with one salon in Claremont. Lewis is the recipient of numerous National and International Awards. He has had his work published in the SA Hairdressers Journal, Image Magazine and Glamour Magazine, amongst others. He also heads the Partners Hair Design Creative Team.





Marion Councell - Partners Hair Design Training Academy


Marion Councell

First worked for a company called Scissors, where an apprenticeship and Caucasian Trade test was completed in 1982. During this time she participated in many competitions.

She was offered a lecturing post in 1984 at The Proteaville College in Buitenkant Street Cape Town. When her family was relocated in 1988 to Bredasdorp were she managed a local hairdressing salon for a year.

On the familys return to Cape Town in 1994, she was offered a lecturing position at the then Cape College in Cape Town. Whilst at the Cape College she pursued a professional diploma, a National Higher Diploma in Education from which she graduated in 2000 and was the top student in that year in her specific field. She was subsequently promoted to Senior Lecturer in the Cape College, now College of Cape Town. She also successfully completed an Afro Trade Test in 1998. Marion is also a registered assessor and moderator with the Services Seta.

In 2004, she was selected to be part of an exchange programme to Potsdam, Germany, in order to explore different education systems in Hairdressing.

She continued working as a lecturer and manager at the College of Cape Town and enjoyed 16 years service with them.

In 2012, she very enthusiastically accepted the offer to lecture at Partners Hair Design Training Academy. This has been a very positive and exciting change for her, and she enjoys the direct contact with the industry, an opportunity that Partners Hair Design provides, as well as the high standard of work, and professionalism that the company has to offer.


Partners Hair Design Training Academy
Partners Hair Design Training Academy