Margarita Khanukaeva - Hair: Mastered

Push your boundaries as a session hair stylist

A 10-month career accelerator to challenge your creativity, create exciting session work and to break through in the fashion industry.

Online and in-person

Transformational experience

Industry leaders
Learn from the best

From £393 per month
Payable over 14 months

3500 alumni network
95 different countries

You’re an experienced hairstylist craving more creativity in your work - and to see how far you can push yourself.

This 10-month accelerator has been built to help you do this. You want industry feedback on the work you create, personal support as you develop, and an insider's insight and understanding of how to progress your career further into the fashion and session styling world.

Places are strictly limited to talented to just 200 global hairstylists with the passion and experience to build a career in fashion.

How it works

Mastered accelerators are a completely new model for talent development. The 10-month experience takes place online and in-person. You'll get access to world-class experts, valuable feedback, personal coaching, industry opportunities, and the network you need to breakthrough.

See how it works

Photographer:: Grazyna Gudejko

Hair: Christina Kolovos

Makeup: Fajer Fadjel

Makeup: Elisabeth Peclard

Styling: Tania Dioespirro

Art director: Nancy Herrmann

Grazyna Gudejko, Photography: Mastered, shot at Mastered Live Croatia

Online and in-person

The accelerator materials are available online, so you can access them anytime, anywhere, on your mobile. The experience is designed to come to you and fit around your professional career.

But this is more than just an online course. You will also be invited to local meetups and to Mastered Live, a weekend of learning and creativity, hosted at a stunning global location, such as Iceland, Croatia or Canada.

Insight from industry leaders

Throughout the 10-months, you'll get high-quality video content featuring insights and advice from established experts, session stylists who are succeeding in the industry today, and the people you need to impress.

Combined with regular online Q&A sessions, their knowledge and insight will help you complete practical projects that you need to work on to move forward. 

One-to-one feedback and personal coaching

The backbone of the accelerator is regular feedback from industry insiders, to give you the direction you need to achieve your personal goals and attract the right kind of work.

In addition, you will get access to a personal development coach who will help you act on this feedback, and hone the winning mentality you need to unlock your potential and grow personally and professionally. 

A network of opportunity

No one succeeds alone. Which is why you will join a global pool of makeup artists, stylists, photographers and art directors to network and collaborate with. Creative briefs set by industry legends will give you the stimulus to discover and work with local and international peers. 

Then it's time to put it all into action. We leverage our industry connections to provide opportunities for work and recognition from agents, beauty editors, commercial brands and more. 

Case study: Emma Diamond

Hear from hair salon manager, session stylist and creative director, Emma Diamond, as she explains how her Mastered experience helped her progress as a session stylist, and how it has impacted her salon and working life.

Meet the experts

At the heart of the accelerator is a handpicked cast of industry experts who will share their professional insight with you, some will mentor you and give you feedback on your work, and others will be scouting for the next big thing in session styling. Take a look at who has been on our previous hair accelerators...
Sam McKnight
Sam McKnight
Session stylist
Session stylist and Redken global creative director
Coco Rocha
Coco Rocha
Model & NOMAD MGMT brand director
Kathy Philips
Kathy Philips
International beauty director, Condé Nast Asia
Harry Josh
Harry Josh
Session stylist & creator of Harry Josh Pro Tools
Vittoria Filippi Gabardi
Vittoria Filippi Gabardi
Beauty editor, Vogue Italia
Arden Fanning
Arden Fanning
Contributing beauty editor, Vogue US
Zöe Irwin
Zöe Irwin
Session stylist & ghd UK brand ambassador

Your year ahead

We’ve developed this accelerator to help you become this new breed of creative and claim your place in the industry of the future. Take a look at what the next 10 months could hold.

Your place in the industry

You will start your accelerator journey by discovering more about the industry you’ve committed to thrive in, get to know some of your experts and find out all you need to know about what lies ahead over the 10-months.

Set goals

To succeed as a session stylist, you need to identify what you want for your career, and have a plan to achieve it. Our professional development coaches and talent team will help you define your goals and develop a framework to help you reach them.

Creative process

We’ll explore how to get inspired and turn ideas into finished work. You will focus on your creative process and develop new ways to research and develop ideas that fit with your goals and aesthetic.


Your relationship with success and failure massively impacts your progression towards your goals. Learn to develop a ‘new breed’ mindset which you need to be a stronger session stylist and reframe past failures as opportunities to learn.

Shows and celebrities

The session world covers everything from catwalk to campaigns, fashion editorial to beauty stories, red-carpet looks to music videos and much more. Learn how to thrive in each area, so you’ll get noticed.

Brand, money and career planning

So you’ve got the skills and attitude it takes to be a session stylist, but how do you get your name out there? You will be shown how to translate your work into a thriving online presence and strong portfolio, to get more of the clients you want.


The end of the accelerator is your chance to show your best work to an international lineup of industry experts, critics and potential employers, who will be looking to see your progress and identify future industry stars.

Kathy Phillips opportunity

Mastered students took part in a masterclass with Condé Nast’s beauty director, Kathy Phillips. The entire team was sourced from the Mastered network, including the hair session stylist. The finished looks were shot by renowned beauty photographer Simon Emmett and featured in Vogue China.

What some of our 3,500 alumni say


Mastered woke me up when I started the program. I quit my job and started to pursue my dreams of session work.”

Jonathan Mason

Hair: Mastered alumni

"Mainly mastered had influenced my attitude. I feel more confident in my ideas, less afraid to stand out. I have been arranging more and more of my creative shoots and I am more confident that I really am meant to do this."

Ayoe Nissen

Hair: Mastered alumni and current accelerator professional


My Mastered program has really introduced me to a side of my industry I didn't know much about. I have new things to challenge me and I truly believe that always improves all areas of life in a positive way.

Kodi Beverlin

Hair: Mastered alumni

H.2 Emma 2.jpg

It has helped me to build a great relationship with people who I otherwise wouldn't have had access to, and exposed me to sides of the industry I didn't even know existed!

Emma Diamond

Hair: Mastered alumni

Apply now

Complete your application to be considered for a place.


Starts early 2018
Limited places
Enrolling now
From £393 per month
Payable over 14 months