With great hair comes great responsibility

Kirsty McMillan is in her 6th year at Stewarton Academy and plans to study events management at university. She spent a week on work experience with the marketing team at Ayrshire College and describes her first couple of days below.


During my work experience week I was extremely privileged to attend a hairdressing seminar held by world-renowned hair stylist Simon Shaw. As the European Artistic Director of Wahl (UK) Ltd, he is widely known throughout the hairdressing community for his innovative and fun approach to teaching. His career has spanned 24 years and in this time he has held over 1000 seminars throughout the UK and 200 globally. He was also the first British hairdresser to undertake a hugely successful tour of Saudi Arabia.

Simon’s seminar was aimed at hairdressing students and he spoke about how ‘with great hair comes great responsibility’. Whilst demonstrating a wide range of techniques using products from Wahl UK Ltd, he told the audience about his own career development. It was an extremely motivational seminar for the students, who related to Simon as he started his career by studying hairdressing at college. He was inspirational and showed what can be achieved by working hard at college to become a successful and talented hair stylist.


I thought that Simon engaged well with his audience, answering questions while demonstrating on models picked from the audience. His humorous approach and use of music to display his various techniques was an entertaining way to convey these approaches. Having such a prestigious guest speaker was a great example of how the College strives to provide the best learning environment and opportunities for students to gain broader knowledge of their subject outwith lectures and practical courses.


As well as showing me the great lengths that Ayrshire College goes to in order to have the highest quality of learning for its students, I experienced first hand the large amounts of planning that goes into running an event in a college with such high standards. The seminar with Simon Shaw helped me appreciate how the planning of such events has the potential to improve education and opportunities for others.

My work experience at Ayrshire College has been very relevant to the events management course that I will be studying at university and has helped put into practice some of what I will be learning.

Find out more about Simon Shaw at wahlglobal.com/united-kingdom/hairstyling/simon-shaw-profile.html


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