Hairdressing and beauty therapy students at West Nottinghamshire College made the most of experts’ knowledge, experience and practical demonstrations during their specialist industry week this January.

Former beauty therapy student, Alanya Jennings, joined students in the salon to demonstrate nail art techniques. Alanya, who is now salon manager in Mansfield, detailed her student journey and career since graduating from the Level 3 Spa Therapy Diploma in 2013. She described her work as a therapist at Oasis salon, followed by working at Bannatynes Gym in Mansfield, and her role today at the Mansfield town centre salon, Woods of West Gate.

Perfecting the art of brow lamination was one of the skills learnt

Level 2 beauty students learnt the professional touch with the art of brow lamination. They earned themselves an extra certificate through professional beauty brand, Ellisons, to add to their portfolios.

The popular beauty treatment of spray tanning was demonstrated to Level 2 and Level 3 Beauty Therapy students by tutors to give them confidence when applying this product to clients, while Level 3 Beauty Therapy students were given a guided masterclass on how to provide crystal-based dermabrasion treatments. They will be offering this specialist therapy to real clients throughout the month of March.

Meanwhile, Level 1 Hair and Beauty students also took on an additional certificate as they were taught the intricate and popular technique of applying eyelash extensions. Later in the week this group also got creative with making their own hair and face masks to suit their skin types, using natural ingredients such as honey, bananas, kiwi fruit, olive and coconut oils.

Home made face masks were prepared

Senior beauty therapist at Leicestershire’s favourite spa, Ragdale Hall, Faz Rajput, joined students to speak about the range of jobs at the facility and the skills required to work in a prestigious leisure facility like this.

Former beauty student Sophie Davies spoke about her entry into the World Skills competition

Former World Skills regional winner and beauty student Sophie Davies brought her knowledge and advice regarding setting-up as self-employed to students in the salon, as well as her tips on entering regional and national competitions with confidence. Sophie reached the finals in the beauty World Skills, held in Blackpool last year, performing a back massage, exfoliation and cleanse, followed by a bridal make-up and manicure

Make-up artist and barber Amy Wilkinson gave an insight into the glamorous world of film and TV as she detailed her career working for brands such as Bobbi Brown and Charlotte Tilbury creating looks for fashion labels such as Paul Smith and creating her looks on actors in film, TV and advertising. Level 2 Make-up Artistry students were able to see her create a natural make-up look which would be used on set, providing the class with tips and techniques which Amy uses on models.

Amy explained to the hairdressing students that when her clients discover that she can cut hair as well as work on the make-up aspects of a job, this makes her much more employable. She explained that she is often asked to cut hair on photoshoots but needs to work within a set brief, which means she finds it important to learn all aspects of hair cutting.

Hairdressing and beauty therapy students benefitted from the experience of Kate Finch, international recruitment co-ordinator, who attended from One Spa World. She delivered a presentation about life on board a cruise ship and the range of jobs that can be applied for in the hair and beauty industry. Kate also discussed salaries and pay within this line of work.

Simon Gallop demonstrated the full wet shave

Barbering students watched intently as guest barber, Simon Gallop, performed a wet shave demonstration with a professional razor. Simon, from Liberty Hair and Beauty in Lincoln, showed learners the entire process of providing this luxury treatment for men, starting with a facial scrub, hot towel steam, lather application and shave. Students were able to have a go using the razor under Simon’s guidance.

Level 2 and 3 hairdressing students were given the opportunity to learn the art of applying hair extensions by a former student Katie Allit, who runs The Hair Technician salon in West Bridgford, Nottingham. Following this demonstration, students are now focusing to train in this specialism.

Level 3 Hairdressing students saw a demonstration of a smoothening and strengthening system then got hands-on experience of how the product works on the internal hair structure to smooth and create a shiny result; perfect for clients who experience frizz.

Barbering students were also introduced the art of male grooming by hair and beauty advisor Carly Capill, who has worked as a therapist on cruise ships as well as specialising in intimate waxing. Carly discussed her career journey, what working on a cruise ship is like and how barbering is an in-demand skill on most of the major cruise liners.

Carly demonstrated how to wax nostrils and ear hair and the braver students also experienced this service! The students really enjoyed the session and appreciated the way extra money can be made by offering this service to clients.

Head of hairdressing and beauty therapy, Nick Thorpe, said: “Industry week was a very well-received and action-packed week for our students. To welcome so many guest speakers and demonstrations of up-and-coming therapies and treatments has given students a great insight into life in the commercial hair and beauty sector.

“To be able to offer them the opportunity to achieve additional certificates in popular treatments will really increase their employability skills. Industry week has also shown to develop their motivation by widening their knowledge of just how many jobs there are out there in this creative sector.”

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