The Fellowship for British Hairdressing is all about giving back, and that’s precisely what happened when the HAIRDOTCOM team took on mentoring duties for the 2019 Project X team.
HAIRDOTCOM is an innovative new hairdressing art and education team, formed by a collective of hairdressers that include some key Fellowship figures. Representing the team on this occasion were former F.A.M.E. Team members Ashleigh Hodges and Matt Gavin, as well as current F.A.M.E. Team student Alastair Jubbs and freelance stylist Rebecca Wilcox. Together, the four stylists took the Project X students through an inspiring day of hands-on learning covering use of hair pieces, avant-garde creativity and moodboarding.
“I loved watching the experts in action,” says team member Emma Male of Em2. “Seeing them use hair pieces and learning how to make a base for attaching them to your model was fantastic. We used materials including plastic, wool, cotton, glue and hair, of course, to create some amazing looks.”
As well as getting creative, the Project X Team also heard about Ashleigh and the HAIRDOTCOM team’s journey to success.
“Learning how Ashleigh’s team had evolved and hearing their stories was incredibly inspiring,” continues Emma. “They encouraged us to follow our passion, which is something the Fellowship is devoted to.”
As well as hands-on skills, the team also walked away feeling inspired to create and to push themselves to explore new ideas.
“I now know more than ever that’s important to always be yourself,” says Dani Ball from Headquarters salon. “Don’t follow other people’s work; know what direction you want to go in as a hairdresser and use your own creativity to create amazing things. I’m going to take everything that I learnt, and strive to make my own work even more visual and exciting.”
Emma agrees, adding: “I’ve learnt to relax into my thoughts and let my passion flow – not to force it. I’m going to spend more time creating from now on, and use my spare time to play around with ideas. I’ve also gained some amazing contacts today, and will be reaching out to them for advice and guidance, as well leaning on the rest of the team for support.”
Project X 2019