Westrow Academy level 3 students produce “Hair Through The Ages” fashion show

Ten students from the Westrow Academy in the heart of Leeds, West Yorkshire, produced the fashion show ‘Hair Through the Ages’, as an essential part of their Level 3 qualification.

Inspired by, and named after, different eras, ‘Hair Through the Ages’ took more than a month to plan, with students researching the hairstyles, make-up, clothing and music to best reflect their chosen era, and producing moodboards to present on the catwalk during the show. Scenes explored 60s Flower Power, The Great Gatsby, Egyptian Goddesses and even Punk Rock, with The Sex Pistols track, ‘God Save the Queen’, playing in the background.

Hollywood waves, scalp braids, backcombing, and homemade hair pieces using fish wire, false hair and artificial flowers all featured in the presentation. Stylists used products from Sexy Hair and L’Oréal Professionnel, while Illamasqua make up artists provided the ultimate finish. An audience, of salon owners and staff, Level 2 Westrow Academy students and Illamasqua make-up artists added to the electrifying atmosphere as each student explained the hair looks they had created and how they incorporated their chosen era into their style, while models sashayed along the runway.

Westrow Director, Marc Westerman, Westrow Academy HQ Manager, Emily Jones and Westrow Academy Educator, Harriet Stocks, who is responsible for delivering internal education and assessments, judged the event. The winner, Justine Rethore from Two’s Company Hair Salon, Leeds, wooed the judges with her Egyptian Goddess scene; Lorryce Whincup from Westrow Harrogate, was crowned runner-up, with a 70s Punk Rocker theme and Francesca Gilroy from Westrow 4-6 Thornton’s Arcade Leeds, gained third place, with her Great Gatsby-inspired look.

Danielle Hill, Westrow Academy Principle said: “Our students created an exceptional presentation and worked tirelessly to produce styles of a professional standard. The creative show element of the Level 3 assessment allows students to develop the confidence and the skills required for the session world of hairdressing.

“A special mention also goes to Illamasqua which made up the models free of charge”.

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