KENSINGTON and Chelsea College hairdressing students were given a masterclass from the man behind some of the styles sported by A-listers, including rapper Kanye West and actress Cate Blanchett.
Gary Baker started his successful 30-year career as an apprentice and was happy to go back to his roots to share his experiences, industry tips and skills with budding hairdressers at the college.
More than 40 students gained an exclusive audience with Mr Baker, whose credits also include work for fashion houses Burberry and Christian Dior, as well as London Fashion Week and X-Factor.
Mr Baker praised the college salon, which acts as a professional training base, where trainee stylists and hairdressers get to perfect their skills on paying clients under the guidance of expert tutors.
He said: “It’s fantastic students can put their knowledge to use in a real working environment through the campus salon. They will come away more skilled, confident and ready for work as a result.”
Hairdressing student Shima Shoushtari, who was working as a qualified accountant before switching career, was among the students given a re-style.
She said: “The masterclass has been a fantastic opportunity for students. I really enjoyed meeting Gary and watching him work. He made everything look so easy."
From April, the college is offering five new hairdressing courses, including beginners barbering. For information on full-time courses starting in September for the academic year 2013/14, call the college on 0207 573 5333