Hair and theatrical make-up students at The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London would have given world renowned stylists a run for their money at their end of year show, after putting on a spectacular performance for family, friends and industry insiders.

The ‘avant culture’ show, held earlier this week, included 17 models styled by students using body paint, hair extensions and themed costumes, and each with names such as Angola Water and Somalian Spirit.

The students, who are in their final year studying Hairdressing City and Guilds NVQ Level 3 or Theatrical and Media Make-up VTCT Diploma Level 3, worked on the models as part of their last assignment and were excited to show off their hard work at the two hour show held at the College’s Tottenham centre.

Sadya Cinko, recently named runner up at the London World Skills UK Awards, styled Giovanna Capone using inspiration from Queen Victoria and Vivienne Westwood. She said: “Working on the end of year show has been a pleasure. I’ve really loved the course and have got on well with everyone so although it’s exciting to be part of it, it’s a bit sad that we’ve come to the end of the year. However I’m really happy with how things have turned out and I look forward to receiving my qualification before I set off on my travels around the world.”

Some of the students worked in pairs to style their model, including Maria Halkou and Atarah Mayhew who are both studying theatrical make-up. Maria said: “I’ve been interested in tribal body art for a while now and have taken part in several shows across London using the same theme, so I knew straight away what I wanted to do for my end of year assignment. Theatrical make-up is something I really want to do, so now my course is almost finished I’m hoping to do a year’s work experience before getting a lucky break.”

Hair and Beauty Lecturer, Lydia Karekedou, has been working with the students all year and was beaming with pride after the event, saying: “The effort and passion that the students put in to this show was clearly visible. The hair styles were adventurous, requiring a high level of skill, and the make up, especially the body paint, was amazing. I’m so proud of them all and know they will go on to do great things.”

Young people from across London come to study hair and beauty at the College as it is known for its expertise and excellent facilities, which includes an onsite professional, state-of-the-art, fully fitted hair and beauty salon open to the public.

Jane O’Neill, Vice Principal Curriculum and Learner Experience, said: “Hair and beauty is one of the most popular vocational courses we offer at the College and year on year we receive outstanding results. Once again the students have done us proud and I congratulate them on a superb show. I’d also like to thank the tutors who are dedicated to the success of their students.”

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