The stage was set for cutting edge glamour at Nescot on December 12, as the college got ready to stage the 2011 Hair Show.
Inspired by the 2012 Olympics and titled ‘Fabulously British’, the show set out to demonstrate the latest skills and techniques on offer at the Nescot Hair department while raising money for celebrity hairdresser Trevor Sorbie’s My New Hair campaign.
Students from the department not only had to develop a look and find a model, but were then given the opportunity to style and showcase their creations for a panel of extremely knowledgeable industry insiders.
Judge Yesmin O’Brien, artistic director at Sean Hanna, had come to Nescot fresh from catwalk shows of Paris Fashion Week, yet was still very impressed with the talent on show by the students.
‘Staggering! What these youngsters are doing with only one or two years training. It’s not just the creativity and concept but some of the skill we’ve seen here today has been exceptional. It’s so good to find a college where the tutors are in touch with what’s going on in industry. You can see the difference in what the students are creating,’ she said.
For student Mario Christophi, whose edgy yet wearable style drew much admiration from the crowd and the judges’ bench, the show had been an exhilarating experience.
‘It’s been amazing but so much harder than you imagine to bring it all together on the night,’ he said.
‘My original model pulled out and my last minute replacement had a completely different hair type. I had to think on the spot and improvise to get the look I wanted’ he said.
‘I’m delighted the judges liked my styling.’
For parent Maria Tolwaria, the show held double appeal. Not only was she able to see for herself how much her daughter had learned during her time at Nescot, but as a sufferer of chronic Alopecia, which results in dramatic hair loss, the support for charity My New Hair held a special meaning.
‘I cannot believe how much my daughter has learned. She’s only been here a short time and yet she’s helping all our family and friends with our hair. To see her doing something like this though, well it’s amazing,’ she said.
‘I’m so excited to hear about this lovely charity too and will be looking for a salon in my area which is taking part. What a wonderful thing for sufferers like me,’ she added.
This year’s show was the second ever run by the college but is becoming an established event in the local hair and beauty community. As well as Yesmin, judges included Adam Hershel Jones from L’Oreal, Sam Ross of Sam Ross Epsom and Ray Bolton of Monroes Leatherhead.
The show and prizes were sponsored by L’Oreal, Salon Services, House of Fraser, Paul Mitchell and Trevor Sorbie. Style Connect were also involved with donating outfits for the models.
For more information about Hair and Beauty courses at Nescot, Please call 020 8394 3038 or visit the Hair and Beauty courses section.