Salon Opens Doors to Aspiring Stylists

by Catherine Smyth Media

A SALON opened its doors on an evening to enable teenagers from a youth club to get first hand hairdressing experience.

Members of The Zone in Rawtenstall got the chance to find out what it is like at Antony and Patricia’s salon on Bank Street through a series of sessions.

They got tips on shampooing, blow drying and styling from the salon staff and got to try out the skills themselves.

Director of Training at A&P Dominique Ormerod said: “I have been very impressed with how engaged and polite they have been.

“I think self-image is so important for young girls nowadays and it is for them to get together with their friends. If this is a job they are considering as a career then it is also good work experience.”

Both Paige Stuart, 15, and Jessica Proctor, 16, are considering a future in health and beauty.

Paige said: “When I have been in London during the summer holidays I have helped my cousin out at the salon where she works and I have had experience of shampooing hair. Hairdressing is something I want to do.”

Jessica has already had experience working in a hairdressers and although she is still weighing up career options she is looking for Saturday work in a salon.

Youth worker Sandra Findlay said: “I run the girls’ group at The Zone and we were asked if they would be interested in visiting the salon to learn some hairdressing techniques. It has also boosted their confidence and helped them to learn team building skills.”

A&P is the oldest hair salon in Rawtenstall and has just celebrated its 45thyear.

Director Tony Winder said: “I think it is a fantastic to be able to give the teenagers a chance to learn a little bit more about the world of hairdressing and to see if it may be the job for them.

“It also enables my staff to pass on their knowledge to the young people who attend The Zone.”

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