Carshalton College hosted a hairdressing competition on Monday 22 April 2013. The show titled Zoo Project Ibiza saw students creating looks using the media, magazines, videos, movies and music for ideas.
Held in the Pulse Sports Hall, the venue was transformed into a setting for a fashion show. Over 100 hairdressing students aged 14 upwards styled models throughout the day creating an entire look. Family and friends were asked to model the looks including make-up, hair and outfit, combining elements of the course they have learnt so far. Students took part from all levels with competition groups; Full/Part Time Entry Level + Level 1, 2 & 3 and Apprentices from Level 3.
The competition is put on annually to allow the students to complete a module of their course in organising and taking part in a live event, to celebrate the talents of the hairdressing students and raise money for charity. This year the show raised £193 for charity, Queen Mary's Children's Hospital.
The show was judged by industry professionals who own salons local to the College. All four of the judges expressed how amazed they were at the high standard of the work produced. Marcus Martinez, salon owner and works with Nikki Clarke said "I was so impressed and surprised at the level the students are working at. The students and the staff are really committed and it's great to see such enthusiasm, professionalism and ability being displayed."
Winners were picked from each group with winning styles being unique looks where students had stepped outside the box to be creative, and in the use of resources available. Mood boards were also displayed with an outline of the theme with pictures, drawings, text and materials explained.
Janice Child, Curriculum Manager at Carshalton College said "This was in my opinion the best show we have done to date. The standard of the work produced by the students was exceptional. The staff work hard to ensure our students are developing their hairdressing skills to a high level and it's really encouraging to know employers are impressed."
Carshalton College has a great reputation for their Hairdressing courses. The courses have been running for over 50 years since the College opened, making it one of the few original vocational courses on offer. There is a front of house Renaissance salon that is open to the public, which is a realistic working environment and a training salon where learning takes place in a creative atmosphere. The staffs are all dedicated practitioners who continue to work in industry alongside their teaching role, keeping updated of new trends, innovative ideas and practices.