Cole Thompson from Hattori Hanzo shears provides insight on techniques when dealing with more challenging men's hair textures. Thompson will cover precision men's grooming primarily using scissors over comb. He will address blending, when to work wet or dry, correct tool selection and proper weight removal. This class will leave you with more confidence in your ability to help control a male client's unruly hair.

Course curriculum

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    Cole Thompson

    • Challenging Men's Hair

  • 2

    Continuing Education

    • Challenging Men's Hair Quiz

    • Continuing Education Evaluation


Cole Thompson

International Creative Director, and founder of Elevation H, Cole Thompson is originally from Manchester, England, and has been active in the hair industry since 2000.

Cole started his career in independent salons around the Manchester area before beginning work for Vidal Sassoon in 2003, where he quickly became one of Vidal Sassoon’s youngest “Creative Directors.” During his 12 years at Vidal Sassoon, Cole gained tremendous respect in the industry while working closely with many schools in their “School Connection” program. He has traveled the world to educate professionals at all levels on haircutting techniques in both seminar and classroom settings. He also became an expert consultant. He developed programs to help clients grow and improve school curriculums, business and salon management and structure, client growth, assistant training programs, and more.

Cole has also worked on developing collections, has directed and run photoshoots, and has even appeared in a Vidal Sassoon TV commercial as a “Salon Genius.”

Cole left Vidal Sassoon in 2015 to continue spreading his expansive knowledge to hair professionals of all levels all around the world, this time through Elevation H, THE ART, TECHNIQUE, AND BUSINESS OF HAIR. Cole’s passion for educating is evident in his work, as he continues to help others strive for excellence in all areas of the industry.

You can follow Cole’s social media at the links below.


Instagram @_cole_thompson
Twitter @_cole_thompson
Facebook artist page Cole Thompson

The Chicago Cosmetologists Association, Inc. is an approved sponsor of continuing education by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (license #190-000101). CE credit is approved in Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Nevada, and North Carolina. Additional states to come. Please check with your state’s licensing department to ensure that you have the approved credit hours you need to keep your license current. Please note that these programs are subject to change without notice.