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Students get creative with hair

Hairdressing students from Banbury and Bicester College have been flexing their creative talents by preparing for an “avant-garde” photo shoot.

The project involved all of the college’s hairdressing students and took place at the graduate salon at the Broughton Road campus on Tuesday (19 April).​

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The avant-garde brief was given to students as part of their end of year evaluation and encouraged them to be as creative and outrageous as they wanted.

The students started at 9.30am, finishing their creations at 1pm for a photo shoot.

Sonia Taylor, aged 25, currently studying NVQ level 2 Hairdressing said: “My avant-garde creation was inspired by the 1950s. I think the styling in that era is very glamorous, especially the Hollywood stars like Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly.

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“I’ve spent the last three weeks researching, practising on my hairdressing doll head and designing my final hair style.  The teachers have been really helpful and showed me some new techniques like barrel curls.  I’ve really enjoyed the creativity of this brief and I’ve learnt loads.” 

Sam Smith, vocational training assessor at the college, said: “Today has been a fabulously fun day; everyone’s hard work has really paid off.

“I set the avant-garde brief, deliberately giving our students free rein to do whatever they wanted. This allowed them to be as creative as they want to be and try techniques and styles that really interest them.

“The brief also entailed students creating mood boards and presenting their ideas to the teaching staff.  By treating the process like a real life employment situation, we’ve motivated our learners and they’ve developed key skills that will give them the edge in the employment market.”