City of Bristol College’s City Salons were officially opened last night (Monday) after the ribbon was cut on the half-a-million-pound investment.
The state-of-the-art facilities have been open since the start of the year to paying customers but a gathering in the salons last night saw movers and shakers from the hair and beauty industry come together to celebrate the newest addition to the College.
The purpose-built salons come complete with two beauty rooms, two hair salons, a theatrical and media make-up studio and a hair and media make-up studio, which have all been kitted out with the best and modern technology to help students hone their skills.
The new salons will help students to join the £308 billion industry and gain experience as they become responsible for running commercial salons from their first year, as well as getting the chance to work on paying customers.
The opening night saw Vice Principal, Curriculum and Quality Emma Jarman welcome the guests, staff and students to the new salon before inviting guests to support her in cutting the ribbon on the new investment.
She said: “The beauty industry is incredibly valuable to the UK economy and these purpose-built, state-of-the-art salons will help our students gain the experience they need to have a fantastic career in the hair and beauty industry.
“The salons offer an extensive range of services at discounted rates – so if you’d like a new hair style, a facial or a massage, please book an appointment – details are on our website. This is a wonderful environment for both our clients and students.”
The ribbon cutting was live streamed around the salon for guests to enjoy the landmark occasion.
After the grand opening, the students performed live demonstrations of hair, beauty and theatrical body art as well as some hair demonstrations from Nicola Smyth, the BHA Midland’s Hairdresser of the Year.
Nicola and her husband and business partner Dan Smyth worked with the students during the day to teach them industry techniques which will help them during their studies.
She said: “It has been amazing and very special to work with the students. All the apprentices are lovely and it has been brilliant to work in this big and modern salon. The students have been really interactive and will hopefully be inspired by hearing about our story and use what they have learned in their hairdressing.
“We wouldn’t be where we are if people didn’t share their knowledge with us so it seems only right that we share out knowledge with the students.”
Visitors were also able to mingle, enjoy canapes created and served by the College’s Catering and Hospitality students before a raffle was held and the prizes were presented.
Head of Department for Hair and Beauty, Deborah Luke, said: “City of Bristol College is proud to have made this significant investment to provide modern, well-equipped facilities for our students benefit. These state-of-the-art facilities will allow us to continue to develop the range of skills we teach so our offer of training is current and relevant to your businesses.
“We are committed to working with employers in the city to train young people and upskill employees to meet the demands of the industry. This is an exciting time for us where we are securing the future skills development of our hairdressers, beauty therapists and theatrical make-up artists through building strong links with employers to co-design and co-deliver training.”
The City Salon at College Green is open Monday to Thursday from 9am to 9pm and on Fridays from 9am to 5pm. To make an appointment, use the online appointment form at www.cityofbristol.ac.uk/facilities/salons or call 0117 312 5026 or email firstname.lastname@example.org