Hair-raising Student Showcase

24 April 2018 | Hair & Beauty

The weather – a hot topic for most Brits. As a nation we are obsessed! Odds are you have already talked about the weather today and will bring it up at least twice before bed.

With the recent unpredictability, and what feels like an endless winter, it seems like we can’t ‘let it go’. However, not to let their spirits be dampened, City College students have been drawing inspiration from the recent bouts of extreme weather to create ‘hair-raising’ hair styles for the 2018 Hair Show.

The annual event challenges hair and beauty students to create and design looks to present on the catwalk to a panel of special guest judges. From blustery barnets, to windswept wigs, the students were out to impress local industry experts: Kirsty Smith, Fashion Programme Leader – Plymouth College of Art; Robin Bowler, Senior Stylist and Owner – Bowlers Hairdressing and Nick Evangelista, of Nick Evangelista Hair and Beauty.

There wasn’t a single case of Seasonal Affective Disorder in sight as the students’ creations elicited many oohs and aahs from the crowd. The guests were also treated to live dance and music performances.

City College’s Academy Manager of Hair and Beauty, Tanya Head, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for our students and apprentices to demonstrate their creativity to the public and representatives from our region’s hair and beauty industry. The event was a great success and I am incredibly proud of the work they all produced – they blew the roof off. We couldn’t have done it without support from the performing arts, music, live events and catering students; they really brought the show together. This event truly showcased what these young people can do. I am sure they will all have successful careers ahead of them.”

Over the two-night showcase a number of students were awarded for their creative creations. This year’s winners included: level 2 apprentices Lucy Woodcock (first place) and Brittany Partridge (second place); level 3 apprentice Robyn Minns (first place); full and part-time level 2 students Erin Osborne (first place) and Doaa Shayea (second place); and part-time level 3 students Steph Tweedie (first place) and Tira Ashton (second place).

Those interested in exploring a career in the creative industries can find out about the full range of courses on offer at City College’s Open Day on Saturday 28 April, 10.00am to 1.00pm at Kings Road. Visit or call 01752 305300 for more information.

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