Trafford College at the forefront of change for Black History Month

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by Jonathan Harper
afro textured hair

At Trafford College we’re re-visiting an initiative launched during Black History Month to celebrate afro-textured hair. Last month our Hair and Beauty Students learnt to understand the history and importance that type 3 and 4 hair styling has played within building communities and recovery from the slave trade. All learners on our Hair and Beauty courses will now have access to over 30 new training heads, to enable them to cut, style and colour afro-textured hair.


Although there is a significant gap in professional knowledge and hairdressing skills around type 3 and 4 hair, here at Trafford College it is important that our learners have experience with all hair types and can be diverse in their service delivery and be prepared – ready for industry.  With the national standard changing to be inclusive of all hair types, Trafford college wanted to be at the forefront of change.


Joan Scott, Chair of Habia (the Standard Setting Body (SSB) for the hair, beauty, nails, spa and aesthetic sectors) siad: “The change to the standards is not just about hair – it is about having the knowledge to treat anybody that walks through the door be it with life issues, disability or hair style. But cutting and styling different hair types was such a key part of the review. Afro and textured hair is now embedded, with all hair types, within one national practice standard and going forward will just be part of what hairdressers do. The next step is for the awarding organisations to pick up that baton and include it in all their qualifications.”

Combining creativity and a passion for beauty, studying hairdressing and media makeup can propel you into a career of styling the rich and famous or owning your own business. Find out more about the courses we offer here.

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