Hair and beauty salon opens at college

Award-winning hairdresser and former student 'MK' opens the new salon.

Award-winning hairdresser and former student 'MK' opens the new salon.

First published in Waltham Forest East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

A GLEAMING new cut-price hair and beauty salon run by students has opened at a college.

The new business at Waltham Forest College forms part of an on-going £15million refurbishment programme at the site in Forest Road, Walthamstow.

The facility will be staffed by hair and beauty students and is open to the public five days a week, offering haircuts for as little as £2.

The college first began offering treatments and hair styling to the public twenty years ago, but this is the first time students will be able to hone their skills at a single purpose-built facility.

'Elite Hair and Beauty Salons' features two hair salons and two beauty treatment rooms, serving up to 60 customers at a time.

Manager Roohi Mirza said: "We have clients of all ages, from 16 to 90, and many have been with us since we first opened to the public nearly 20 years ago.

"The students are continuously supervised, and we feel we are able to offer our clients so much more care and attention as we are not in it for the money."

College principal Robin Jones said: "The new facilities build on our long tradition of preparing people for the hair and beauty industry, updating all key skills needed to succeed. 

"We believe these new hair and beauty salons rival anything the industry has to offer".

Students Gul Yesiloglu, 32, said she was excited to get to work at the new salon after quitting her career in finance to pursue her ambition to become a salon manager.

She said: "I have a Masters degree in Finance and Management from Exeter University and was working as an accountant, but I found it boring.

"I find hairdressing much more exciting."

The salon was formerly opened by acclaimed hairdresser 'MK' - a former student at the college who has won the Barber of the Year award three times.

The salon is open from 9am to 9.30pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 5pm on Fridays.

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11:11am Mon 19 Nov 12

Cornbeefur says...

£2 for a haircut!? What a bargain.

Now I know where that leader of the Green Party gets her hair done.
£2 for a haircut!? What a bargain. Now I know where that leader of the Green Party gets her hair done. Cornbeefur
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3:48pm Mon 19 Nov 12

the dame says...

Well done, Waltham Forest College, excellent news both for the students and those that decide to use the hair salon. A useful profession that can
take you all over the world.
Well done, Waltham Forest College, excellent news both for the students and those that decide to use the hair salon. A useful profession that can take you all over the world. the dame
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4:09pm Mon 19 Nov 12

SpursSupporter1 says...

Wel done too all involved and wish everybody the very best of luck, great to see a good news story about the young people of Waltham Forest
Wel done too all involved and wish everybody the very best of luck, great to see a good news story about the young people of Waltham Forest SpursSupporter1
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8:01am Tue 20 Nov 12

Isaythat says...

I am pleased to see this is happening here in Waltham Forest. I visited the old salon a few years ago and found the staff very professional and the students well and truly ready to deal with clients. I'll certainly be visiting.
Good luck to the salon.
I am pleased to see this is happening here in Waltham Forest. I visited the old salon a few years ago and found the staff very professional and the students well and truly ready to deal with clients. I'll certainly be visiting. Good luck to the salon. Isaythat
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3:51pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Sam Hain says...

Best wishes to everyone involved. If only I still had some hair!
Best wishes to everyone involved. If only I still had some hair! Sam Hain
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