Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Bridal fever hits hairdressing students

Paula Jarvis practices her bridal 'hairdo' on model, Kirstie Stanton

While Kate Middleton is the blushing bride-to-be who is currently in peoples’ thoughts, hairdressing students at Birmingham Metropolitan College have been focusing on other brides and their hairstyles for a spectacular show they are organising for local salon owners and their stylists.

As part of a course module to produce a creative look consisting of hair, make-up and clothing, the Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing students have organised a bride and creative hair show where a catwalk demonstration will present various wedding looks consisting of the classical bride, contemporary bride and grooms as well as bridesmaids. They will also showcase brides through the ages.

Student, Paula Jarvis is combining a 1920’s-style bridal gown with a 1970’s-style bun for her bridal look. “I’m creating a classic bun that on the surface looks simple, but is actually a lot more intricate as sections of hair will be twisted and pleated to create patterns,” she explained.

“This is the first major show I’m going to be part of, so I’m very excited. The preparations are going really well and we’re all getting more confident about the event being successful.”

Alongside the stunning range of wedding looks that will be on the catwalk, the hairdressing students have also enthusiastically been producing inventive and artistic looks for the second part of their show; the creative. A cupcake has been the inspiration for the look devised by student, Debbie Arrowsmith. Her catwalk model will be wearing a wig of frosted pink and white hair that will twirl around the head giving the impression that it is the icing on top of a cupcake. The model will then be dressed in the colour with matching frosted pink make-up and eyelash extensions.

Debbie Arrowsmith's hairstyle really will be the icing on the cake

“I spent a long time looking at different images and looks because I wanted to try and do something that people wouldn’t have seen before. The idea is that my look is ‘good enough to eat’; something I hope the audience will admire and be impressed with.”

“This exciting event will enable our students to take centre stage and display their talents to industry experts,” commented Lecturer, Rosie Bullivant. “Every creative look devised by the students for the show will be completely unique and will prove how imaginative, ambitious and talented they all are.

“We’ve also invited local school pupils to attend. The aim is to inspire those interested in pursuing a career in hairdressing by enabling them to see first-hand the many fantastic looks that can be created when they begin studying qualifications in this field.”

The bride and creative hair show takes place at Birmingham Metropolitan College ’s Sutton Coldfield Campus, Lichfield Road on Wednesday 9 March. Salon owners and local schools groups interested in attending the event should contact Jodie Cadman on 0121 360 3543 ext 2402 or email

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