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Michelle Thompson - Creative Director

Extensive Knowledge

Winner of Afro Hairdresser of the Year at the British Hairdressing Awards, Michelle spearheads and teaches the Afro Caribbean and Advanced Cutting courses at the Advanced Academy.

Michelle regularly contributes her extensive knowledge of Afro Caribbean hair to leading trade and commercial magazines and has entered the Hall of Fame at the Sensationnel Black Beauty & Hair Awards after winning Northern Stylist of the Year for three consecutive years.

Michelle’s high energy approach to her craft has given her the drive to achieve so much in her 16 year career. Michelle has worked hard to unite all aspects of hairdressing in her portfolio and displays strength of talent for Afro and caucasian hair; she joined the Francesco Group 7 years ago and quickly became a very busy member of the growing team.

Michelle Thompson - Francesco Group Creative Director

Michelle Thompson - Backstage at her collection shoot.

Michelle Thompson WINS Afro Stylist of the Year

Stepping Up

In 2004 Michelle stepped up to the challenge of teaching and now teams up with Director of Hairdressing, Anya Dellicompagni to run the highly regarded Francesco Group Academy. Michelle personally teaches cutting at all levels and many aspects of Afro hairdressing including relaxing and Caribbean styling.

She is qualified as an NVQ Assessor. Michelle is a natural teacher who clearly enjoys passing on her knowledge to others particularly in Afro hair. "I love that moment when students get over their preconceptions of Afro hair and realise it's just a different texture, nothing more. Removing the fear and helping professionals add another string to their bow is a great motivation for me," says Michelle.

Outstanding Success

Michelle has had outstanding success in awards and competitions and has presented on stage for Wella Trend Vision, Salon International and The Fellowship for British Hairdressers. She has won many titles including Afro British Hairdresser of the Year 2009.

Michelle really enjoys competition work because she feels that it keeps her skills current and perspective fresh, two things that in turn benefit her students and her staff. Michelle’s breadth of experience, forward thinking attitude, creative talents and approachability make her an enviable force in the world of hairdressing.

Michelle Thompson