New £100,000 beauty centre opens for college students

Course Leader, Carolyn Massingham with her level 3, hair students in the newly refurbished Hair and Beauty Salon at New College, Durham.
Course Leader, Carolyn Massingham with her level 3, hair students in the newly refurbished Hair and Beauty Salon at New College, Durham.
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STUDENTS are putting on the style at a refurbished salon.

The hair and beauty centre at New College Durham had a £100,000 makeover during the summer and has been officially reopened today.

It was completely stripped out and now boasts a modern open-plan demonstration area for students, along with fashionable new fixtures and fittings, all-new equipment and a fresh lime green colour theme throughout.

VRQ Level three hairdressing student Ashleigh Allison, 19, from Washington, said: “The salon now has an up-to-the minute feel with 30 work stations for students to pamper their clients and four new nail bars. It looks really great.”

“It’s more spacious and more modern than before.”

The salon design was the result of ideas and suggestions from technicians, students and lecturers gathered by salon manager Susan Rickaby.

She worked with Salon Services, based in Team Valley, to come up with the final design.

“Clients have commented on how relaxing the green is,” she said. “The students love the colour”.

The colour was decided by Lisa Hamilton-Murray, head of school for creative industries, hospitality and tourism, and John Graydon, head of estates and facilities

Lisa said: “It’s a wonderful salon and a great resource for all our students.”

NVQ Diploma and VRQ Level three students in hairdressing and beauty therapy have also got new uniforms to reflect the salon’s green theme.