On Tuesday 3rd November the Project X and Colour Project Teams took to the stage at the trendy Laundry Rooms in London Fields for their Finale evening.
Bruno Marc opened the night before introducing Project Leaders, Ashleigh Hodges and Katie Mulcahy, who began by describing a fantastic year filled with exciting mentoring days and amazing stage opportunities. Colour Project Leader, Katie Mulcahy said,
Tonight is an opportunity for both Teams to demonstrate everything they have learnt so far and a chance to be inspired by beautiful hair and incredible expertise from these young talented artists.
Both Teams had been split into two groups allowing everyone the opportunity to convey their looks to the audience. First on stage was group one of the Project X Team along with their Project Leader, Ashleigh Hodges.
Rebecca Wilcox from The Annexx had created fringes in preparation for the evening and she had attached these with Velcro. Colourful accents to the hair piece created a high impact finish. Jessica Spencer from KJM Salons presented a strong classic bob with sharp lines and a bold colour, while also speaking fondly about her love for this particular hair cutting shape. Completing the group was Mitchell Hislop from Cutting Room Creative with his use of clipper work to enhance his wig.
Colour Project Leader, Katie Mulcahy then introduced the first group for Colour Project with Sian Quinn from Headmasters; Lucy Ridgers from The Annexx; Jade Miles from KJM Salons and Kymberley Jefferson from Cutting Room Creative. Sian’s ‘distortion’ look was created through her use of hair sheets, which were sewn on to her finished look inspired by the Autumn/Winter gothic fashion. Lucy referred to her day with mentor Michelle Griffin as the influence behind her use of synthetic hair, changing her whole look when she revealed beautiful gold balayage underneath the platinum wig. Braiding complimented the pastel tones that Jade had used, and Kymberley incorporated colour with twisting and rings for an edgy finish. It was evident how much they had gained from the support of this educational programme and they all spoke fondly of the friendships they have created.
The second group from Project X focused on session hair with Ashleigh Hodges describing the show as, “a chance to show off exactly what they have loved about this year”. Sahar Parwani from Headquarters had spent four hours a day over the previous seven days preparing her hair-up masterpiece using plaiting and braiding to create the head and neck piece with chicken wire as the base. It was the mentoring day with Paul Gooch that had inspired Polly Parratt from Toni&Guy Clapham and her “lost at sea” look with beautiful waves complimented by a stunning colour. Jack Spencer from House76 used a basket weave within his style with skills developed through his mentoring days with Jamie Stevens and Craig Chapman. It was Ben Cope’s - Francesco Group in Derby - first time presenting on stage, with his textured finish enhanced by a lovely wave that he had dressed out. Emma Yates from Peter Prosser Hairdressing demonstrated two different skills on her model, and along with a hair piece through the back, she had small sections of twisting throughout the top of her intricate look.
Katie Mulcahy then introduced the final five individuals from Colour Project. Chloe Jones from Peter Prosser Hairdressing was first to present with a grungy finish created by matte lavender and a white steel colour enhanced by a disconnected cut. Emelia Ascua from Headromance and Laura Keller from Nicholas White worked together on their model, the dramatic styling was complimented by their use of hair pieces and hair chalks. Alfie Pfeffer from Headmasters had explored different techniques with his 70s glam hair including hair marbling that had smudged mauve, pink and yellow to diffuse the colours. Joining them was Simon Hall from Karine Jackson with his avant-garde look that was inspired by Vivienne Westwood in a style that he described as, “breaking all the rules”. President Bruno Marc said,
What a phenomenal evening and a huge well done to all of those that have taken to the stage tonight. The work has been amazing and everyone should be incredibly proud of all they have achieved. It is also wonderful to see Ashleigh and Katie on stage with these Teams, as we have watched these two grow as individuals within The Fellowship.