Hair & Beauty

With ‘Wonders of the World’ the creative brief Langley College Hairdressing students put on a spectacular display of creativity, flair and skill at their end of year Catwalk Show. The Level 3 student hairdressers showcased Avante Garde styles for the panel of professional judges including salon partner Rachel Hunt from Francescos, local business owner and partner of the hair federation, Mikeala Martin and the head of department Katherine Taylor.

Commenting on the quality of styles Salon Manager Angel DeFranceschi, who runs the commercial salons at the College’s state-of-the-art hairdressing training centre, said: “I was very impressed with students’ interpretation of the brief which demonstrated both their creativity and technical ability - skills very much in demand by salons and discerning clients. The judges were also highly complimentary commenting the skills were all on point which is a testament to the very high standards and quality of training delivered here at The Salon.”

Student Debra Law was named the winner with her interpretation on The Lighthouse of Alexandria incorporating a handmade lighthouse into her model’s hair. In second place was Lucy Luckhurst with her interpretation of The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, using pieces of coloured hair and real flowers to add texture to the hair. Third place went to Sophie Gibson with another version of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon using soft curls and twists to add a subtle and pretty touch to her overall look. The judges were also very impressed with Zarah Shah’s Egyptian themed model with matching outfit and hair adornments.

Having completed the two year programme the Hairdressing students are now fully qualified to work in professional salons. Miss DeFranceschi explains further: “During the two years here at Langley our hairdressing students learn all the skills and techniques required to successfully work in this industry. Once they leave us they are trained to cut hair using a combination of techniques, creatively colour and lighten hair, style and dress hair and colour correct hair. They are now fully skilled and ready to pick up the scissors in any salon.”

The College’s modern salon is equipped with the very latest in hair technologies and is accredited by haircare giant Wella. The professionally equipped facilities include two commercial salons, one training salon with professional styling stations, two commercial beauty treatment rooms and all the latest industry equipment. Find out more here

 

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Movie magic, Italian cuisine and futuristic technology combined to create a show-stopping Open Day at Langley College on Tuesday (8 November). Over 490 prospective students and their families visited the campus in Station Road to check out the state-of-the-art facilities and find out about over 800 courses.

From engineering to childcare, there was an array of displays and have-a-go activities running throughout the event to entertain and inform visitors. Highlights of the evening included the chance to experience the latest virtual reality technology in the College’s Innovation Centre and hairdressing students showcasing their skills by creating some fun hairstyles inspired by the movie Trolls.

In the motor vehicle and engineering department, students demonstrated the latest 3D printers and CNC milling machines, while talented catering students served up a delicious selection of Italian dishes and cakes to hungry guests. Visitors were even invited to have a go at making their own pizzas in the modern training kitchens.

Prospective students Hannah Germain and Ellie Firth, from Windsor, attended the event for advice on hair and beauty courses: “We heard about the Open Day at school, so we decided to come along to find out more. The salons look really professional and everyone was really helpful. We even had the chance to have a go at some hairdressing activities ourselves.”

Mary Langstone (17, from Maidenhead), who is studying a level three hairdressing course at the College, was on hand to provide advice from a student’s perspective: “At college you get treated more like an adult, you have the freedom to be more creative and, on my course, you have the chance to work on real customers. Coming to college has really inspired me to work hard, so I can open my own salon one day.”

Langley College, part of East Berkshire College, continues to go from strength to strength in terms of raising standards and last year completed a £30m refurbishment to provide state-of-the-art learning facilities for current and future students. These improvements included new hair and beauty salons, a sports centre and a Hospitality & Catering Academy.

Each year, the College helps thousands of individuals aged 14-90 to fulfil their ambitions through education and training. The College offers an extensive range of part-time, full-time and workplace training courses, from introductory right through to degree level.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of courses, please call 01753 793000 or click here.

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With an array of activities from engineering to hairdressing, the Summer Open Day at Langley College had something for everyone last week. Over 270 prospective students and their families visited the campus to check out the state-of-the-art learning facilities and find out about over 800 courses, which range from beginner right through to degree level.

From sports to childcare, there was a wide variety of demonstrations running throughout the event to entertain and inform visitors. Highlights of the day included the chance to explore the latest virtual reality technology in the College’s Innovation Centre and the opportunity to enjoy the flavours of Asia with a special buffet lunch created by talented catering students. Meanwhile, beauty therapy students showcased their skills by providing manicures and face-painting for visitors in the modern training salons.

Prospective student Melissa Dawson (aged 17) attended the Open Day to check out the College and speak to lecturers: “I was very impressed with the facilities here, they are very high-tech. I had a go at the virtual reality demonstration, which is amazing. It is like being in a different dimension.”

Salon customer Clare Worley, added: “The College is really modern and the salons here are brilliant. It is great that students get to train in a real salon with real customers. It is great for local residents too!”

As well as an array of interactive demonstrations, current and former students along with staff were available to answer questions. For example, visual merchandising student Macauley Crellin (aged 19) was on hand to talk to people about the benefits of studying a Higher Education qualification at college.

Macauley explains: “I completed my Level 3 course at Windsor College, but was unable to go to university straight away as I needed to look after my younger brother. Studying the HNC course part-time at college meant I could still continue my studies to a higher level rather than miss out. It is a very flexible course, so I was able to fit study around my work and family commitments.

“I’ve really enjoyed the course and the opportunities it has given me. I’m now looking forward to moving on to complete my BA Honours Degree in Fashion at Bournemouth University.”

In the College’s impressive Motor Vehicle & Engineering Department, visitors were able to tour the workshops and observe engineering students at work on the College’s new £70,000 CNC milling machine as well as a car restoration project.

East Berkshire College continues to go from strength to strength in terms of raising standards and has recently completed a £30m refurbishment of its Langley College to provide state-of-the-art learning facilities for current and future students. These improvements include new commercial hair and beauty salons as well as a simulated hospital environment.

Each year, the College helps thousands of individuals aged 14-90 to fulfil their ambitions through education and training. The College offers an extensive range of part-time, full-time and workplace training courses, from introductory right through to degree level.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of courses, please call 01753 793000 or click here.

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The New Year can often be a tight time for finances. Trying to pay off your Christmas credit card bill and other expenses, often means that there is very little cash to spend on ourselves.

Getting a haircut or going out for a meal can seem expensive at this time of year, but one of the best kept secrets is that at East Berkshire College in Langley, you can treat yourself to a hair or beauty treatment at The Salon or meal out at the Zest restaurant, for a fraction of the cost, than you would pay on the high street.

Opened in summer 2014, The Salon works in partnership with the award-winning hairdressing chain, The Francesco Group, enabling Hair and Beauty students to receive training on the very latest industry techniques in a real state-of-the-art environment.

Beauty treatments start from £2.00, and include waxing, facials, massage, manicures and pedicures and microdermabrasion. Hairdressing treatments start from £3.00, including cutting and styling, Wella conditioning treatments, and colour services.

The Salon offers professional quality services in smart, modern salons and treatment rooms using salon-quality products by Wella, OPI and Dermalogica.

All treatments are carried out by students, who are supervised by qualified staff to ensure that you receive a high standard of service. Your visit to The Salon or the Zest restaurant will also give the students some real, hands-on experience and help them to take their first steps into their chosen career.

At the Zest Restaurant, you can enjoy high quality food at lunchtime or in the evening, at a low cost. For instance, you can enjoy a two or three course lunch for under £10 per person. Zest also serves a discerning array of quality wine, beers and soft drinks.

If you are feeling more adventurous, you can book a table at a special theme night and try different foods from around the world, including France, Spain and the Caribbean. Or on a Thursday evening you can enjoy a fine dining experience and choose a variety of high quality dishes from the à la carte menu, which includes a complimentary Amuse Bouche and Petit Fours.

The stunning Zest restaurant is an ideal location for a family evening out, celebrating a special occasion or a romantic meal, whilst providing a real work environment for the college's Hospitality and Catering students. All of the high quality dishes are cooked and served by the talented students, under supervision by industry-trained staff.

The Heathrow Windsor Marriott Hotel recently held their staff Christmas meal at Zest. "We had a lovely three course Christmas dinner in Zest Restaurant at Langley College. There was a great festive atmosphere and the staff were attentive and eager to please," said Nikki Bagnall, Human Resources Manager at Heathrow Windsor Marriott Hotel.

"The food was delicious. This is a brilliant opportunity for students to experience how a restaurant is run and we would recommend anyone to go along to support this fantastic initiative."

Zest and The Salon each have their own entrances for the public, and are open during term time only.

To book a hair or beauty treatment at The Salon, please call 01753 793246 or click here for a full list of treatments. The Salon is open Monday to Saturday. Evening appointments are also available on request between 5.30-9.30pm.

Zest is open for lunch on Tuesday to Thursday from 12-2pm. Dinner is available on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5.30-8pm. To book a table please call 01753 793344 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For menus and more information please click here.

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From the Snow Queen to villainess Cruella de Vil, East Berkshire College was awash with larger than life characters as part of its annual hairdressing catwalk show at Langley College this week.

The Queen of Hearts, Lady Gaga and Aphrodite were the inspiration for just some of the wonderful and wacky student creations making an appearance this year. The show, which is a highlight of the academic year for hairdressing students, took place in the College's stunning new hair and beauty salons. Over 240 students from levels one to three took part in the show, with prizes awarded in each category.

Natalie Sweeney, Manager of the Hair & Beauty Academy at East Berkshire College, explains: "Our annual catwalk show is an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their creativity as well as their technical skills. From cutting to hair-up designs, the standard of work across all areas and year groups was outstanding. The show gets better and better every year."

Nicola Orlando, who is studying for a hairdressing level three course, took first prize in the Total Look category with her show stopping design inspired by Black Swan, while Jane Skuton came a close second with her Snow Queen creation. In this Level 3 competition, students had just three hours to complete a stunning hair-up design, make-up and outfit to create an overall look around the theme of spectacular personalities.

In the Level 2 cut and blow dry competition, Clare Hickey and Emily Godleman received top honours for their respective cutting skills. Meanwhile, Danielle Crutch was also recognised in the Level 1 creative plaiting and twisting competition for her elegant design.

The stunning new salons at Langley College incorporate professional cutting stations, the latest industry-standard equipment and a new public reception area. As well as being a teaching facility for those studying hair and beauty courses, the salons are open to the public and act as a working business to allow students to train on real customers for an enhanced learning experience.

A range of treatments are on offer to the public (males and females) including hairdressing, massage, make-up, manicures and pedicures. Treatments are priced from £2.00 and are carried out by students under staff supervision. For those interested in booking an appointment at the salon, please call 01753 793246.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses including hairdressing and beauty therapy, click here or call 0845 373 2500.

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Designed to provide a high quality experience for students and customers, East Berkshire College’s stylish new hair and beauty salons were officially unveiled on Thursday (5th June 2014) by world renowned hairdresser Patrick Cameron.

Celebrating the completion of the brand new facilities in Langley and the College’s new partnership with award-winning hairdressing chain, the Francesco Group, the event was attended by local dignitaries, businesses and leading figures from the hair and beauty industry.  

Famous for his skills in dressing long hair, Patrick Cameron treated the assembled guests and hairdressing students to an inspirational 45 minute demonstration of the very latest long hair styles on five lucky students.

As well as seeing Patrick in action, visitors had the chance to take a tour of the new training facilities and commercial salon, which includes professional cutting stations, the latest industry-standard equipment and a new public reception area. Hairdressing students also showcased their skills with a series of demonstrations, while beauty therapy students were on hand to provide manicures and facials to guests.

Patrick Cameron said: “I would like to express my thanks to East Berkshire Collage for inviting me to open their amazing new salon. It always warms my heart to see such a team of dedicated hairdressers, being proud of where they work and I wish them all every success in their new venture”

Janet Yelloly, Director of Curriculum for Creative and Service Industries at East Berkshire College, explains: “Our new salons and partnership with the Francesco Group will create a superb environment for our students to learn commercial, technical and creative skills. Open to the public, the new salons are designed to provide a first-class experience for students and customers alike.”

The new commercial hair and beauty salons are part of East Berkshire College’s £30million makeover of its Langley College in Station Road. As well as being a teaching facility for those studying hair and beauty courses, the salons are open to the public and act as a working business to allow students to train on real customers for an enhanced learning experience.

The stunning new salons and partnership with the Francesco Group will mean students receive training on the very latest industry techniques in a real state-of-the-art environment to ensure they are ready for employment on completion of their qualifications.

Craig Davies, Francesco Group Education Training Manager, said: “Our company philosophy is to supply real training for real jobs and we are proud to further expand our success with a partnership with East Berkshire College. The Academy Salon at Langley College is a true working environment with structure, opening hours, revenue, customer service, client retention and financial targets meaning that students learn the real essence of hairdressing at its very best.”

Rachel Shaw (17, from Slough) and Shannon Williams (19, from Hillingdon) were two of the hairdressing students who took part in the event.

“We were all in awe of Patrick”, explains Rachel. “I was amazed at how quickly he was able to create five different styles. Seeing him work has inspired us all to aim even higher and be more creative, and the new salons at the College will provide us with the perfect place to develop our skills.”

Shannon added: “The event was a great opportunity for the public to visit the new salons and see what we do. There is so much more to studying hairdressing than just cutting, I’ve already learnt about colouring, hair-up styles and the science of hairdressing.”

Mirroring high quality High Street salons, the commercial salon at Langley College offers a range of treatments to the public including hairdressing, massage, make-up, manicures and pedicures, but at extremely competitive prices. Treatments are priced from £2.00 and are carried out by students under the supervision of qualified staff.

For those interested in booking an appointment at the salon, please call 01753 793246 or click here for price lists.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses including apprenticeships, call 0845 373 2500 or click here.

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From flower arranging and creative nail art to face painting and go karting, there was an extravaganza of activities to entertain and educate visitors at East Berkshire College’s new look Langley College on Saturday (10th May).

Over 1,200 visitors enjoyed a host of demonstrations, games and stalls at the College’s annual Summer Fun Day in Station Road. With something for all the family, this free community event saw college students and staff showcase their talents in an array of interactive demonstrations and displays.

Highlights of the day included a bouncy castle, a petting zoo (from meerkats to mini beasts), face painting, go-karting (over 11s), a bouncy castle, fun photo booth, flower arranging and various arts and crafts activities. Hair and beauty students demonstrated the latest hair-up styles and make-up techniques in the brand new salons, while a futsal tournament took place in the Sports Centre.

Younger visitors were also able to have a go at decorating biscuits in the new Zest restaurant, while the College’s catering students were selling a selection of handmade cupcakes and scones. The local Fire & Rescue Service also brought along a fire engine much to the delight of some budding young firefighters.

Juliet Holloway, Director of Learner Service and Communications at the College, explains: “We held our first Summer Fun Day at our Windsor College last year and it was such a success that we decided to hold another fun day at our Langley College to celebrate our new multi-million pound facilities.

“As well as showcasing our extensive range of courses and facilities, the event has been a great opportunity to bring the community together and celebrate local talent. From sports to hairdressing and face painting to go-karting, there was something to entertain and inspire those of all ages. All in all, the day was a tremendous success with a record number of visitors through the doors.”

There was also a marketplace with local businesses selling a wide range of products. Businesses exhibiting included Wingrove’s Farm Shop, The Dinky Fingerprint Company, Jewel Mansion, Chalfont Chilli and Mantio Ice Cream.

Staff and students were also on hand to give visitors a guided tour of the facilities and answer questions on the College's extensive range of over 800 full-time and part-time courses including apprenticeships.

Local resident, Kelly Hockley was particularly impressed by the range of activities at the event. “I saw the Summer Fun Day advertised and decided to come along to see the new look college and find out about a course. It’s a great event for the community. There was an excellent range of activities for children and adults. Plus, it was all free!”

Another visitor Donna Gale (from Langley) agrees; “I think the event is a great idea. I was able to find out about Higher Education courses, while the children had a great time having their hair and nails done in the salons here.”

East Berkshire College continues to go from strength to strength in terms of raising standards and is currently undertaking a £30m refurbishment of its Langley College to provide state-of-the-art learning facilities for current and future students. These improvements include a new commercial hair and beauty salons as well a brand new Sports Centre.

For more information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of courses, please click here or call 0845 373 2500.

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It was skills ahoy as East Berkshire College’s annual hairdressing and beauty therapy catwalk show got underway recently at Langley College.

The glamorous display took visitors on a journey through a creative collection of hairstyles and make-up inspired by the 1920s, 1950s and 1980s. Over 150 students from levels one to three took part in the show, with prizes for best make-up and hairstyle in each category.

From an awe-inspiring nautical themed hairstyle (complete with ship) to a 101 Dalmatians creation modelled on villainess Cruella de Vil, there was a magnificent ensemble of hair designs on view to showcase the students’ considerable talents. Meanwhile, beauty therapy students worked their magic to create some elegant makeovers inspired by the likes of Marilyn Monroe and some striking 80s looks.    

Janet Yelloly, Director of Curriculum for Creative and Service Industries at East Berkshire College, explains: “Our catwalk show is an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their creative talents as well as their technical skills. The standard of work across all areas and year groups was outstanding this year.

“This is the first show we have held since we moved into our brand new salons at Langley College. The students now have more space and a more realistic work environment, with all the latest technology and professional products you’d find in any salon.”

Omid Ali, who is studying for a hairdressing level three course, sailed through to take first prize in the 1950s category with his show stopping ship design. He said: “I’ve been watching the series Hair on TV and I wanted to try something different. It was a real challenge to finish the style in time, but I just managed it. I’m thrilled that all the hard work has paid off.”  

Other winners for hairdressing included Ashur Brooks and Abbie Ramsay. Meanwhile, beauty students Miranda Mickeviciute and Vicky Stiles received top honours for their make-up skills.

The new commercial hair and beauty salons are part of East Berkshire College’s £30million makeover of its Langley College. The stunning new salons incorporate professional cutting stations, the latest industry-standard equipment and a new public reception area. As well as being a teaching facility for those studying hair and beauty courses, the salons are open to the public and act as a working business to allow students to train on real customers for an enhanced learning experience.

A range of treatments are on offer to the public (males and females) including hairdressing, massage, make-up, manicures and pedicures. Treatments are priced from £2.00 and are carried out by students under staff supervision. For those interested in booking an appointment at the salon, please call 01753 793246.

For further information on East Berkshire College's hairdressing and beauty therapy courses, including apprenticeships, click here or call 0845 373 2500.

Click here to check out some of the photos from the 2014 catwalk show.

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Over 600 prospective students and their families visited East Berkshire College's new look Langley College on Tuesday (26 November) to check out its new state-of-the-art learning facilities and find out about over 800 courses at an Autumn Open Day.

From bricklaying to catering, there was an array of demonstrations running throughout the event to entertain and inform visitors. Highlights of the evening included a football skills competition in the College's new Sports Centre and hairdressing students demonstrating some of the latest hairstyling techniques. Meanwhile, beauty therapy students showcased their skills by providing free Indian head massages and manicures.

In the College's impressive Motor Vehicle & Engineering Department, visitors were able to tour the workshops and observe engineering students at work on the College's new £70,000 CNC milling machine. Plus, current students and staff were on hand to answer questions.

Prospective student Lucy Woods (15, from Windsor) attended the event to find out about courses in health and social care in order to pursue a career as a social worker.

"I heard about the Open Day at school, so I thought I'd come along and check out the College for myself. I was really impressed by the building as soon as I walked in. The College was more modern than I expected and everyone was really friendly. It was useful to be able to speak to current students as well as teachers about the courses too."

East Berkshire College continues to go from strength to strength in terms of raising standards and is currently undertaking a £30m refurbishment of its Langley College to provide state-of-the-art learning facilities for current and future students. These improvements include a new Hospitality & Catering Academy, which opened in October 2013, and new commercial hair and beauty salons which are due to be completed in early 2014.

Each year, the College helps thousands of individuals aged 14-90 to fulfil their ambitions through education and training. The College offers an extensive range of part-time, full-time and workplace training courses, from introductory right through to degree level.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of courses, please call 0845 373 2500 or click here.

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