Business: Free glam haircuts part of Barking & Dagenham College stylists’ plan to recruit models

Nawal Mcsire, 19, gets to work on Joanna Moszczuk's hair (pic: Ellie Hoskins)

Nawal Mcsire, 19, gets to work on Joanna Moszczuk's hair (pic: Ellie Hoskins) - Credit: Archant

If you’re after a hairstyle like a film star but don’t want to pay Hollywood prices, a group from Barking & Dagenham College reckon they can help.

You might even have seen the NVQ students take to the streets in Barking town centre last week as they handed out leaflets to shoppers offering free snips.

It was part of a campaign to get more clients into the college salon, based at the technical skills academy in Short Blue Place, as the hairdressing students need models to pass their final assessments.

They also want to prove they can cut it running a salon in the real world.

Tutor Shannon Bridgeman said: “We’re trying to promote our salon at the college by giving the public free haircuts, so they can see our students are professional and have the same standards as any other commercially run salon.”


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This isn’t the first time students have offered their services to the public. Last year a group of students spent a couple of months honing their skills in Barking before going out to work, or progressing to level 3.

Nawal Mcsire, 19, is one of the budding stylists working at the salon.

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She said: “It’s important to get models into the college. We get to work on all different types of hair this way, which gives us the confidence to go out to work or stay on for level 3 in September.”

After the first haircut, which is free for everyone, future dos cost no more than £12.

The cut-price cuts are also a way for the college to give something back to the community.

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