Edinburgh College Takes Salon Skills To Community

Edinburgh College barbering students provide haircuts for the Homeless


  • Hair & Beauty students’ activity supports charities including MND Scotland, Breast Cancer, When You Wish Upon a Star, Marie Curie, Save the Children &  Little Princess Trust
  • Community outreach includes free haircuts for the homeless

Hair and beauty students at Edinburgh College have helped to raise more than £3.5K for good causes across the city in the last three months by providing pampering and grooming treatments at a variety of charity and community events. MND Scotland, Breast Cancer, When You Wish Upon a Star, Marie Curie, Save the Children and Little Princess Trust are just some of the organisations that have benefited.

This month alone has seen budding beauty therapists and hair technicians organise and host a Christmas event in aid of Marie Curie, whilst level 2 barbering students offered haircuts to the homeless at three busy Edinburgh shelters. Students across all three campuses also raised funds for Save the Children by participating in Christmas Jumper Day.

As well as their fundraising activities, the Edinburgh College students have extended their skills to others in the community. This week it sees level 3 Hairdressing students offer George Watson’s College pupils haircuts in aid of Little Princess Trust, while earlier in the term beauty students provided nail treatments and hair-up dos to Edinburgh Napier students during Freshers’ week.

Frances Bain, curriculum manager for hairdressing, beauty and complementary therapies at Edinburgh College, said: “We are dedicated to playing a really active role within Edinburgh’s wider community. By encouraging our students to get involved in these outreach events they not only hone their technical skills but also their people skills which are vital for anyone entering this profession. We are extremely proud that our efforts have raised so much for charities around the city.”

David Marsland, service manager for the Crossreach Cunningham House homeless hostel in the Cowgate says: “Around half of our residents took up the chance of getting their haircut by the Edinburgh College students when they were in. There was a great buzz around the place and you could really see the positive impact in confidence it created for each person. The barbering students come in relatively regularly and we really welcome their efforts.”

The ongoing community engagement will continue throughout the students’ duration at the college.

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