Celebrity hair stylist Adam Reed visited Nescot on Monday to speak to students about life in the industry and to give demonstrations and a workshop.
Mr Reed, who set up award-winning salon Percy and Reed with Paul Percival and counts Ellie Goulding, Anna Friel and Henry Holland as clients, spent the morning demonstrating hair-ups.
He also spoke to the 30 to 40 full and part-time students and apprentices about his experiences training as a hairdresser and running a business, and in the afternoon he led a workshop on hair-ups.
While the students worked Mr Reed gave them individual coaching, including lending out his personal equipment to help with the task.
“Hairdressing can be an amazing career, but it is extremely hard work,” said Mr Reed, who trained as a hairdresser at college in Somerset.
“It is a career that allows you to be really successful in a lot of different ways. For example, you can have a small local salon that’s known for incredible service, you can travel all over the world, or you can teach your skills to a whole new generation of hairdressers.
“What sets you apart are the skills you learn at college and your attitude and hard work.”
Andrea Petrides and Amanda Sant, both studying Level 2 Hairdressing part-time, said the day had been an inspiration for them.
“It was amazing to listen to someone who started just where we are now and is so successful, it makes you think about what you can achieve,” said Amanda.
Andrea said: “He gave us a lot of advice about making it in the industry, but even watching a short demonstration we learnt so many practical tips on hair styling and using products.”
Mr Reed has worked as head stylist backstage for shows including House of Holland, Matthew Williamson and Julien McDonald, his editorial work includes publications such as British and American Vogue, and he has worked on advertising campaigns for Harvey Nichols and Agent Provocateur.
His clients include Diane Kruger, Noel Gallagher, Agness Deyn and Jamie Winstone, and Percy and Reed have worked as the official hairstylists for The X Factor and Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model.
Below, Hair student Katie Newman models for Adam Reed