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Meet Our Hair & Beauty Students

Sophie

Beauty Therapy

“We learn a lot of different treatments as part of the course. The tutors always teach us the relevant anatomy and physiology, so that we have the context we need and we understand what we’re doing in the treatment and why. The tutors have really high standards for our work, but I like that because you feel more prepared for the industry. They’re always talking about being professional, from our uniform to how to speak to clients. The facilities are great, and the equipment and products we have access to is amazing.”




Ella

Hair and Media Makeup

"At the moment we’re working on hair and makeup looks inspired by the 1980s, and body art inspired by Picasso. The body art is hard because you have to be really precise with the paint. My techniques have got much better since I started the course, and I feel much more confident. I didn’t realise how much planning and preparation goes into each look, but it makes us much better professionals. The teachers are really supportive and motivating, and their feedback helps us to keep improving."




Maria

Hairdressing
WorldSkills UK 2022 Finalist

"My teachers are amazing. They've done so much to help me with my technical skills, but they also keep telling me that I deserve to be at the finals. That's definitely the attitude I'll be taking with me."




Smitta

Beauty Therapy

“I used to work in science, so studying Beauty is a big change for me. My daughters are both at school now, so it was the perfect opportunity to do something totally different for myself. I’m really enjoying the course, and it feels like starting a new life. The other students are all adults, and they’re all friendly and positive. I want to be able to set up my own business one day."




Robyn

Level 2 and 3 Hairdressing, now working for Toni&Guy Mayfair

“I’d lost my job, and times were really hard. I knew I could study a Level 2 qualification for free, so I thought I’d give hairdressing a go. I told myself it was no big deal if I didn’t like it – and now I’m working in Mayfair for an international company!

“I found that Level 2 was a great foundation, and then you build on that for Level 3. This year we’ve been doing colour correction, different types of colour, advanced highlighting, and more technical cuts like transient lengths. It has been hard at times, but I’ve felt supported at all times.

“The teaching has been out of this world – you really couldn’t get better. The teachers all have experience of working in salons, so they talk about the industry as a whole, and give great advice. Starting to work with clients was intimidating at first, but you don’t do it until you’re ready, and you just have to believe in yourself.

“Because Nescot works with Toni&Guy, I managed to get work experience in a salon in Covent Garden. I worked hard and asked questions – and I managed to get a job at their salon in Mayfair. I’m starting as a salon assistant, and then I’ll become a technician, and I’ll keep working my way up. Work experience was nerve-wracking at first, because you don’t have the teachers there, but my tutor just kept telling me to trust myself – my skills and my judgement.

“My advice to anyone starting out is: hairdressing is a skill, so take your time to practice. If you’re willing to put the work in then you’ll get there. I’d also tell people to trust the teachers, trust the system and trust yourself. Everyone has days when they think they’ll never be able to do a certain technique, but you will get there with the help of the teachers. I would 100% recommend Nescot – I never would have got to where I am without them.”




Katie

Beauty Therapy

“We work in a really professional environment, and that sets people’s expectations straight away. The teaching is really structured, but it’s also fun. When we’re learning a treatment we usually learn the theory first and then we practice the treatment until we’re competent and confident. Then there’s a lot of emphasis on continuously improving, which is good practice for the industry.”



Photograph of a Nescot student

The course is really practical, and our projects are really varied. We’ve done so many different things already, from special effects like bruises and missing fingers to special occasion looks, like for a wedding.