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Local Stylist Inspires Next Generation of Hairdressers

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Students past and present met when a team of professional stylists from Salon 55, in Crowthorne, showcased their current trends and looks to trainee hairdressers.

A class of our hairdressing students watched the professional team perform current, on-trend looks including an asymmetric haircut with an infusion of red colouring, an ombré colouring technique to gradually lighten the ends of the hair with new products, and styled hair to create masses of movement and curls.

The visit was especially enlightening for salon owner Stacey Mann, who was a full-time student at the college in the 2000s. After completing her course, Stacey worked her way up in the salon and is now the owner of Salon 55, employing 12 staff.

Stacey also offered careers advice to our students, explaining what skills and qualities she looks for when recruiting new team members.

Speaking about the visit, Stacey said:

“After going to college here I was so excited to come back and visit with some of my team. It was fun and nice to meet the students, and I always think it’s important to keep current in this industry.

“It’s a great college and they really want to help the students get hands-on experience and a good understanding of what goes on in the industry, ready for when they start out in a salon.” 

The college connections did not Salon_55_4_300pxhstop there though, as Stacey revealed her team of stylists are also former students at Farnborough.

Introducing our current students to those in the industry, who followed a similar college course, is encouraged by the college as a way of encouraging our students and showing them how their careers can really develop.

Clair Bryan, Programme Manager for the college’s hair and beauty department said:

“It’s wonderful to see past students evolve into successful stylists, managers and salon owners, and to then inspire the next generation of students by sharing their story and expertise.”

Student Ellie Raynor said:

“They gave us really creative ideas and showed different techniques for current looks – it was really inspiring.”

Find out more about our Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy courses.