Academy Salons Celebrates Apprentice Creativity

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Multi award-winning salon group, Academy Salons recently held a 'Diversity' themed in-salon creative competition for their apprentices.

The youngsters gave inspired presentations referencing incredibly creative mood boards, with really informative knowledge and inspiration. They sourced models and outfits, and undertook their own styling and makeup. The results were stunning, all the more impressive because some of the apprentices had only a few months experience.

A quartet of expert judges comprised of Victor Pajak of Headquarters Kingston, Sarah Morrissey of Sarai Hair, Phil Collins from HairUncut, and Julie Allen from Jools PR were on hand to inspect and critique the work of the apprentices. Rebecca Byrne from Academy Salons Weybridge presented two outstanding and very diverse looks contrasting spring and winter beautifully. Rebecca was awarded 1st prize and won a place on a prestigious L'Oreal course. Charlotte Rosser from Academy Salons Claygate was runner-up, she signposted mental health and curled and coloured her male model, contrasting that with a female model with a stunning beehive. Jamylee Russell from Academy Salons Cobham was in third place with an older and younger model, which she created beautiful rainbow colours and sourced black and white tee-shirts printed with the word 'Diversity' - the effect was very strong. All the competitors were given constructive feedback on all aspects of their X Factor style!

Kara Kerley, Senior Educator for Academy Salons, organised the event and said:

I watched with pride as all the apprentices were presenting, some of the judges comments were so exciting like, “you’ve got a great future ahead of you!" and "wonderful inspiration and creativity". These just filled me with pride, and I am extremely excited about the development of everyone of them and I know they all enjoyed and got much out of the experience.

Salv Mulé, Salon Director, commented:

Such an inspired night, and I was so proud of these amazing young members of the Academy team. Each of them gave an incredibly passionate and creative presentation. The team’s now stronger and hugely motivated.

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