KC Hairdressers Qualify! 09/03/2021

Concept Hair Competition

KC Hairdressing Students through to the next round!"

KC’s innovative Hairdressing students have once again blown us away with their originality and creativity; making it through to the next heat of the Concept Hair Competition!

“Oh it’s a huge achievement for us to get learners into any competition and to qualify, it’s amazing! We have such a lot of pride in our learners, whether they get through or not, we encourage and motivate them to be creative and with enrichment in their learning experience such as competitions, this enhances their experience in the industry . It gains the College recognition what our learners can achieve on our courses.   We all take pride in everything we achieve. ” – Deb Herbert – Tutor

"My career goals are to become the owner of my own salon...

and getting through to the final only encouraged it further"

We caught up with Aaliyah over Teams to find out about her inspiration for her look, what the challenges were creating such an avant-garde piece in lockdown and how getting through to the finals has affected her career end goal! 

Student Interview; Aaliyah

Aaliyah

What inspired you to come up with your end look?

I got given a theme, safari, I thought about what safari meant to me and what I thought was involved in the safari and I came up with animals and pinpointed it to an elephant

 

Did you have a clear idea in the beginning or did it take a bit of time to develop the idea? 

It took a bit of time to develop the idea, I went from wanting to do a whole elephant body to thinking it would be more unusual if I just did the elephants head

 

What was the most enjoyable part of the project?

Seeing my idea become a reality, putting it all together

 

What was your favourite bit to do?

I think my favourite bit to do was making the eye sockets to put the beads into

 

What was the most fiddley bit? 

The hardest part was making the ears but 500 tries later I got the hang of it

 

What was the most nerve-wracking part? 

The most nerve-wracking part to me was sending the photos in, doubting yourself with your whole idea even though you know you have done well.

 

Did anything go wrong during the process? 

Smoothing the hair out around the trunk, I got it in the end though!

 

What challenges did you overcome?

Its not really a physical challenge but just trying to convince myself that I can do it and not panicking about it.

 

Overall, what inspires you to get creative? 

I’ve always been really creative but I think it would have to be thinking of an idea and making it possible

 

How have you stayed creative over lockdown?

I love doing colours on hair and I quite often change my own hair but instead of changing mine I got to change my moms hair from red to grey with a brown root, this is known as a shadow root

 

What challenges has lockdown brought you? How have you overcome these?  

The main challenge lockdown has brought is trying to do hairstyles correctly yourself and not having a tutor there to check it afterwards so you have to believe in yourself.

 

What has been your favourite part of your course?

Definitely learning new skills by amazing tutors

 

What are your career goals? Has getting through to the final changed these? 

My career goals are to become the owner of my own salon and getting through to the final only encouraged it further.

 

And finally, any words of advice to people thinking about doing hairdressing at KC?

Do it , it’s a great place to learn hairdressing

"Over lockdown I am always watching videos on inspiration on...

...what to do next and I cannot wait to get back to college to try them all out!"

You can also take a look at Jade’s hair tutorials over on KC Element’s Instagram! 

Student Interview; Jade

Jade

What inspired you to come up with your end look? Did you have a clear idea in the beginning or did it take a bit of time to develop the idea?

I actually got inspiration from a Concept Magazine that Deb had handed out to us as a class. I had a feeling there was going to be some hair ups in there that I was going to love.

I always knew I wanted to do a classy look for this competition, as in my previous competition I did a classy look too and that became first place. I wasn’t sure at first how I wanted it to look but I knew I wanted it simple but also to be a bit of a statement. As people say sometimes ‘less is more’ and I think for me that’s how my hair ups work best.

 

What was the most enjoyable part of the project?

My favourite bit to do would honestly probably be either making the statement of the pin curls or either finishing up with adding that little bit more tidiness with all the flyaway hairs, as in putting them into place, this is simply because I have finished my hair up and the relief that it has turned out the way I had hoped it would.

The most fiddly bit of course was making sure pin curls were the right size and even, this being as well as making sure this complemented the rest of the hair.

 

What was the most nerve-wracking part? 

When practicing you learn along the way so you have to improvise with what works best, the only thing I could really think that went wrong during the process of creating this hair style was most likely the bun, just simply because you have to take into consideration how long or coarse and so on the hair is. So really just trying to balance out how big the bun would be and also placing the excess hair length into the bun without making it look messy.

The challenges I overcame would definitely be the bun and making sure that was perfect before I thought of doing the pin curls.

 

 

Overall, what inspires you to get creative? 

The overall inspiration I get to be creative for me, would be the excitement and the overwhelming feeling once winning competitions or being in the finals, but even if not it is still lots of fun to do so and just to see your own talent.

Over lockdown I am always watching videos on inspiration on what to do next and I cannot wait to get back to college to try them all out. But my creativity over lockdown has been just as fun, but it is just a bit more practical in the salon.

The challenges lockdown has brought me is the fact that I’m in my bedroom with limited tools, of course in the salon I have lots of equipment and tools and so on and the most important is clients, I haven’t been able to practice on real hair (other than my own) so this can be a bit of a pain but you have to be positive so I try use my limited tools and make them work, and they do but being in a salon would be much better.

 

What has been your favourite part of your course?

I have enjoyed every day for the past three years I have been going to college, so it is quite hard to pick a favourite part. I would say competing in competitions because that really shows off my talent and it’s lots of fun.

 

What are your career goals? Has getting through to the final changed these? 

My career goal is to of course be the best hairdresser I can be, I would love to be working in a salon or even teach students in a college or have an apprentice, as I have been taught the student way I understand how a students minds work and think I could be really beneficial to the students. Another idea of my career goal is to have my own clients, which then would result in having my own business which could definitely happen if I work my hardest.

 

And finally, any words of advice to people thinking about doing hairdressing at KC?

The advice for people thinking about doing hairdressing at KC is that to be the best hairdresser you have to want to be, you need to be ready to learn each lesson as you learn something new everyday. You will learn so much through the teachers and also by the end of the course have your own way of doing things.

"I’d like to be a freelance hairdresser and I’d love to do wedding hair...

and getting through to the final has made me think maybe I am good enough!"

Throughout lockdown, Jo has had to balance college-work with home-schooling, which is no easy feat, yet somehow she managed to keep the kids engaged AND creative this stunning look!

Student Interview; Jo

Jo

What inspired you to come up with your end look? Did you have a clear idea in the beginning or did it take a bit of time to develop the idea? 

I just started working on her hair and just created my look as I went and then placed to ornamentation where I thought complimented the look.

 

What was the most enjoyable part of the project?

To see what I could create without any pictures or inspiration just creating it all as I went!

 

What was your favourite bit to do? 

The pin curls and making them almost look as if there 3D

 

What was the most fiddley bit? 

Getting the entire look smooth all over without disturbing the rest of the style.

 

What was the most nerve-wracking part?

Trying to get all the hair smooth enough around the donut as the hair was really long and trying to hide all the pins

 

Did anything go wrong during the process?

Yes, I couldn’t get all the hair to go around the bun smoothly so ended up taking more out

 

What challenges did you overcome? 

The hair around the bun so ended up creating more pin curls with the hair I took out from the donut.

 

Overall, what inspires you to get creative? 

Just to see how far I can push myself!

 

How have you stayed creative over lockdown?

Constantly creating looks on my dolls head and ordering way too much hair accessories off Amazon haha

 

What challenges has lockdown brought you? How have you overcome these?

Lockdown has been extremely hard especially with kids in and out thinking I’m playing hide and seek when I’m trying to do all my work online.  I gave my one daughter a book and pen and her own folder and got her to do work in another room so I can get online quietly.

 

What has been your favourite part of your course?

Definitely colouring I love it.

 

What are your career goals? Has getting through to the final changed these? 

I’d like to be a freelance hairdresser and I’d love to do wedding hair and getting through to the final has made me think maybe I am good enough if someone as took the time to pick my style and think it was good enough to get through to the final

 

And finally, any words of advice to people thinking about doing hairdressing at KC?

I have recommended KC to a number of people and they have joined because of how good I said it was and all the tutors are excellent and encourage you and help you to be the best you can and they are always straight their if you want help, so I will continue to recommend anyone to join KC!

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