Hairdressers in training show avant-garde style at Banbury and Bicester College

Avant-garde hairdressing session at Banbury and Bicester College. Samantha Smith, hardressing tutor, seated right, with hairdressing students who were stylists and models. NNL-160419-144249009
Avant-garde hairdressing session at Banbury and Bicester College. Samantha Smith, hardressing tutor, seated right, with hairdressing students who were stylists and models. NNL-160419-144249009

Hairdressing students at Banbury and Bicester College were prepared to experiment as part of their end of year evaluation.

An avant-garde brief was given to the students who were encouraged to be as creative and outrageous as possible at the college’s salon on Broughton road, on Tuesday.

Avant-garde hairdressing session at Banbury and Bicester College. Stylists, Alisha Pariyar and Olivia Romain with model, Melissa Thornton. NNL-160419-144122009

Avant-garde hairdressing session at Banbury and Bicester College. Stylists, Alisha Pariyar and Olivia Romain with model, Melissa Thornton. NNL-160419-144122009

The college’s photography students held a photo shoot after all the models had been styled.

The students started at 9.30am, finishing their creations at 1pm.

Sonia Taylor, 25, is currently studying NVQ level 2 hairdressing.

She said: “My avant-garde creation was inspired by the 1950s.

Avant-garde hairdressing session at Banbury and Bicester College. Stylist, Sonia Dee Taylor with model, Emily Deane. NNL-160419-144238009

Avant-garde hairdressing session at Banbury and Bicester College. Stylist, Sonia Dee Taylor with model, Emily Deane. NNL-160419-144238009

“I think the styling in that era is very glamorous, especially the Hollywood stars like Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly.

“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.”

To find out more about the college, visit www.banbury-bicester.ac.uk/.