A SALON has established the first hair academy in Todmorden to train the stylists of the future.
The Stone Hair Art Academy, on Burnley Road, was launched last month with the aim of educating the hair stars of tomorrow.
Stone Hair Art, along with Blackburn and Calderdale Colleges, have established a unique relationship, working together to nurture new talent.
Loucas Giorgio, creative director of Stone Hair Art, said: “I’m very passionate about it and love doing it.
“There’s a need for good hairdressing. Our world is all about quality.
“Opening the academy here gives them chance to develop better technique and secure jobs for the future.
“We are looking for passionate people who have got to be dedicated.
“The training is quite intensive.”
The academy provides all the technical training and the colleges provide the theory.
Apprentices will learn cutting, colouring, blow drying, photographic, high fashion and competition work.
They are regularly assessed towards NVQ qualifications.
Guest stylists from around the UK will also give demonstrations.
Loucas said: “All apprentices are fully supervised by professional educators.
“Our aim is to introduce the hair stars of tomorrow, educated in Todmorden at the Stone Hair Art Academy.”
Shannon Saville, one of the apprentices, has already completed her level two NVQ and is now studying for level three.
“I absolutely love it,” she said. “Every day is a great day.
“I couldn’t possibly think of anything else I could want to do.
“Maybe in 20 years’ time I would like to have my own salon.
“I would like to work on TV shows and do competition work.”
Loucas said: “Shannon has all the makings of an international hairdresser. Watch out for this talented young star.”
The academy also provides an opportunity for clients to have their hair styled by the apprentices at reduced rates.