Welcome to the Hairdressing Learning Resources & Practice Tasks Page
Click on the link below for the Hairdressing course leaflet to gain information on entry requirements, course content, facilities, and enrichment opportunities.
Hello. So you are interested in learning to master the skills in a fast moving and dynamic area that leads to travel, meeting people and shaping your own future?
Welcome to the Riverside College Centre of Excellence. We, (a fabulous, dedicated industry specialist team), are very much looking forward to seeing you at enrolment, and for you to start your course with us in September.
Did You Know ………
- 100% of our students achieved their qualifications with fantastic results.
- 100% of our level 3 students gained employment or went to university.
- Six of our students won UK World Skills competitions
- Eight students were invited to London as part of the hair & makeup team for the Miss World TV event.
- Our students form part of the hair & makeup team for top fashion designers at London Fashion Week.
- We work with local, national and international employers to help you secure your dream job.
- Each year we offer a number of scholarships in hairdressing (application form attached).
Welcome to the resources to help you prepare for your hairdressing course at the Riverside College Centre of Excellence in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy. We are very much looking forward to seeing you at enrolment and for you to start your course with us in September.
The course covers the following skills:
- Working in the hairdressing industry
- Client consultation
- Shampooing & conditioning different hair types
- Long & short hair styling
- Cutting skills
- Colouring techniques
- Perming techniques
In these preparation resources, you will be completing some tasks to provide you with a wider understanding of the skills that you will be studying with us.
Exciting news: As soon as we are able to you will visit one of our hair & beauty suppliers, like Urban Decay, to see the many different products and techniques that are available in the exciting industry you have chosen. Last year they offered demonstrations and free goody bags to all our students who attended.
You will get the opportunity in the first term to participate in a workshop by Gillian Roslan-Oates Bridal Hairdresser of the Year. Check her out on her Instagram page hairbygro. Learn how to create sophisticated, contemporary and avante garde bridal looks.
If you have any questions about enrolment, then please speak to the school liaison team by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions about your hairdressing course, then please contact Lyn.email@example.com
The resources we have put together will help you when you start your course. Some of the information you collect now, can be used to support your first project and practical assessments.
Please read the tasks on the following pages and complete as much as you can
Being a hairdresser, our client’s hair and skin are very important to us. Therefore, we must understand how they work and what each part of the skin and hair does.
This is the diagram of a single hair that shows you the three layers of the hair. Please research the names of the three layers and then write all you can find out about each (you may find there is more information on some layers than others).
Describe each of these 3 hair layers:
This is a cross section of the skin. The skin in the largest organ of the body and contains many parts that do specific jobs to keep us healthy.
Watch this YouTube clip:
Write down 3 of the skin facts you found most interesting.
Look at the diagram of the skin above and research each part of the skin. After your research, please match up the skin part to the correct function. Watch the YouTube clip to help you:
PART OF SKIN FUNCTION
- EPIDERMIS: Regulates the bodies temperature, by releasing sweat if the body gets too hot.
- DERMIS: Bring oxygen and food (nutrients) to the areas of the body. It also takes away waste products.
- SWEAT GLAND: Carry sensory information and detects changes in the environment such as pain, heat and cold.
- FAT LAYER: Provides nutrition form the dermis to the hair bulb to help the hair grow.
- BLOOD CAPILLARIES: Forms the base of the hair follicle. It is here the living cells divide and grow to build the hair shaft (the hair).
- NERVE ENDINGS: They produce sebum (natural oil).This sebum lubricates and waterproofs the skin and hair.
- PAPILLA: Lies beneath the epidermis. It is the thickest layer of the skin and contains all the living parts of the skin. It cushions the body from stress and strain.
- HAIR BULB: This muscle is attached to the hair follicle. When the body is cold this muscle contracts to try and keep the body warm. They are often called “goose bumps”.
- SEBACEOUS GLAND: This is where the hair lives.
- ARECTOR PILI MUSCLE: Outer layer of the skin. Its main function is to protect the body and acts as a barrier to harmful things such as UV radiation, harmful chemicals and bacteria.
- HAIR FOLLICLE: The part of the hair seen above the skin.
- HAIR SHAFT: This layer keeps the body warm and helps to store energy.
Task 4: Professional Shampooing & Conditioning Techniques
One of the first practical tasks you will learn, will be to professionally shampoo & condition a client’s hair. It is one of the most important services in the salon, as it prepares the hair ready for other salon services e.g. cutting, blow drying, styling etc. and also will be the first impression the clients get of the standard of work in the salon.
Please watch the video and then complete the task below. Completing this task will help with your shampooing assignment and practical assessments in term 1.
On the diagrams of the shampooing massage movements please use the bullet points to:
- Describe the massage movement
- What the massage movement does
(complete further research if you need to).
Effleurage: Used when shampooing and hairdressing
Rotary: Used when shampooing
Friction: Used when shampooing
Try to use these massage movements when shampooing your own hair. It will help you remember the names of the massage techniques and how you do them.
A career in hairdressing. There are so many exciting opportunities when you have completed your hairdressing qualifications. This task will also help with your assignment work for unit 201 (working in the hairdressing industry).
Please read the fact sheet at https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/hairdresser and answer the following questions.
- What is the average salary for a hairdresser?
- What are the most important skills & knowledge you will need?
- List your day to tasks if you were a SENIOR STYLIST
- What could be your career progression once you have completed your hairdressing qualifications?
Now watch the following video about another career option open to you when you have completed your qualifications:
Describe what would be your dream job in the industry and Why
We hope you have enjoyed these hairdressing resources. Completing these resources will help you with your skills and knowledge tasks in your first term with us.
We look forward to seeing you in September. If you have any questions regarding these resources or your course in September, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Centre of Excellence in Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy in September 2021. In the first week at College you will be taking part in practical and theory sessions, meeting your tutors, seeing old friends and making new ones.
Head of School