The Lee Stafford Academy at North Kent College

(Formerly Inspirations Hair Salons)

Everyone deserves to be pampered, so why not do it locally for much less than you would pay in a high street salon? Not only will you leave us relaxed, satisfied and looking gorgeous, but your bank account will thank you too.

From September 2017 the former 'Inspirations Hairdressing Salons' will become the Lee Stafford Academy, with students trained in Lee Stafford's own specially designed hair styling techniques. It will be the only Lee Stafford Academy in Kent and South East London, and one of only 9 across the UK and is open to the public.

Not just a celebrity endorsement, the training programme has been developed by Lee himself with Further Education specialists, to train not only the students, but also our own experienced hair and barbering staff. Students will work on Academy visitors to learn specially designed ‘recipes’ which are unique to Lee Stafford Academies, reflecting some of the most cutting-edge styles seen in salons across the UK.


Students will receive training in up to 21 fundamental skills and techniques which you will learn to what Lee calls ‘Michelin standard’. Once accomplished in these techniques, they are then encouraged to use their creativity with no bounds. These skills will then be tested in national competitions with other Lee Stafford Academy students in FE Colleges across the UK during the academic year.


We’re aiming to make our hair and barbering students the most employable in the country.


The Academy is located on both the Dartford and Gravesend campuses. We open most weekdays and on selected evenings to offer a comprehensive range of hairdressing and barbering treatments and services, to the general public.

Our students provide all of the services as part of their training. They work under the supervision of their lecturers to gain valuable experience in a real salon environment.

For a list of our services, treatments and prices, please call the Dartford Salon on 01322 629 501 or the Gravesend Salon on 01322 629 606.

Stay up-to-date with the Lee Stafford Academy by Following us on Twitter, @InspirationsNKC.

Please note: As all work is carried out under supervision there may be delays in stages of the service being checked. This is a vital process for the student which allows development and assessment, as such you should allow more time that normally expected in a high street salon.

Any service is completed at the discretion of the lecturer. If they make a professional judgement that for whatever reason the service you have booked cannot be carried out, you will be offered an alternative service whenever possible. Not all students are qualified yet to carry out all of the services offered. As a result, some services will only be available at restricted times.