Banbury hairdressing students make green cuts with award-winning hairstylist Anne Veck

Hairdressing and aesthetics students from Banbury and Bicester College are teaming up with award-winning hairstylist Anne Veck in an exciting project to help them become more sustainable. (photo sent)

Anne Veck Limited is the first hair salon business in the UK to be carbon neutral accredited and is on its way to becoming as sustainable as possible.

Anne and her business partner Keith have developed a toolkit called Salon Resource that gives salons a few simple steps to start their sustainability journey. It is free and downloadable on Anne Veck’s Instagram page.

As part of their project-based learning, students studying the hairstyling and aesthetic therapy programs will use the Salon Resource Toolkit to work with salon managers at each of the colleges and consider what changes they can make to become more durable.

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Activate Learning is the first university group to put this toolkit into practice.

It is also hoped that the students will be able to use what they learn about the project to influence the fairs where they do their internships or work part-time.

By the end of the project, students will have more knowledge about sustainability and the differences they can make when working in industry.

Students will also provide feedback on the toolkit to Anne Veck to help her further development.

Georgia is studying a level 2 technical certificate in hairdressing and barbering.

She said: “I think it will be a very good opportunity because we learn more about the environment and all that we can do to reduce our impact.

“In the future, when we work as hairdressers, we can know the differences we can make and the impact it will have.”

Anne Veck, Creative Director at Anne Veck, said: “I hope students will embrace it and get everyone on board and take simple steps to have more of a sustainable living room and an ideally sustainable lifestyle, because having a sustainable salon business also impacts your lifestyle.

“I am excited to work with Activate Learning on this project as there are students of all ages here and the more people you can have and a bigger platform to spread the

message, the better. Students may have their own salon one day or work in an existing salon, so if they can already have sustainability in mind, the world will be a better place.

Debbie Weresch, Commercial Manager at Activate Learning, said: “One of our own salon drivers has been to be more sustainable because we think that’s really important.

“I hope this project educates students about sustainability and the things we can all do as hairstylists to make a difference, like getting rid of our

waste in a more environmentally friendly way or by reducing paper waste.

“It’s about finding that balance between what’s sustainable and how you can maintain that sustainability and I think it’s really important that everyone does more, whether it’s

it is at the personal or household level or at the corporate level.

Find out about our hairdressing and aesthetics courses or contact the college on 0800 612 6008.

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