Learning at the Sassoon Academy in London is an incredible opportunity for any hairstylist – allowing them to follow in the footsteps of countless acclaimed, award-winning industry leaders.
The Fellowship for British Hairdressing’s 2019 Project X team recently enjoyed the opportunity to learn in the hallowed Sassoon Academy themselves, during an education day arranged by their Team Leader, Kai Wan.
Consultation was the key focus of the day, with the Sassoon team sharing the key questions they ask every client and walking the team though a typical consultation. Next, it was time for an up-close live demonstration, with members of the team showcasing two cuts and a colour, as well as a presentation of the new Sassoon collection.
In the afternoon, it was over to the Project X team to create their own interpretations of the new-season cuts and colours, creating moodboards which they then presented back to one another. Finally, it was time to get hands on with models, with the Project X team creating their own finished looks.
“I was so excited for a day at the Sassoon Academy,” says Zara Clelland from Marc Antoni. “I’ve looked up to them for many years, both as a colourist and as a stylist, and it was amazing to get to learn from them.”
“Over the course of the day, we learned all about disconnection and how it can be implemented into everyday work in the salon,” she continues. “Learning how to apply it to everyday work, so it’s not always visible, was really insightful. Even the way I do my consultation will change after today – the way I look at my client’s face shape and consider the overall suitability for them.”
Phillippa Lee from Yaxley Hair & Beauty agrees, adding: “It was so exciting to be back with the team in such an iconic building. Learning the Sassoon way of cutting was incredible, and I can't wait to take back everything I’ve learnt about sectioning and disconnection to my salon clients.”
Project X 2019Charlotte Johnson, The Annexx
Clare Hatherill, The Chapel
Dani Ball, Headquarters
Emma Male, Em2
Janene Hawkins, Heavenly Hairstyling
Krysia Eddery, Perfectly Posh Hair
Harlee Gresty, Lewis Moore Salons
Phillippa Lee, Yaxley Hair & Beauty
Dan Law, Lara Johnson Lifestyle
Rory Mason, Ashley Gamble
Zara Clelland, Marc Antoni