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Avant Garde hairstyles by students at Box Hill Institute

Hairdressing students showcased their work at the official launch of National Skills Week held at Box Hill Institute’s Nelson Campus on Monday, 27 August.

The Victorian Minister for Training and Skills, Gayle Tierney was the guest of honour, viewing skills showcased by all disciplines.

Head of Hair and Beauty, Ruth Browne said that hairdressing students and educators created a spectacular showcase for industry leaders and other VIP visitors.

“Box Hill Institute hairdressing students created an avant garde, flame-inspired hairstyles to marry with make up by our beauty students which complemented garments by award-winning fashion alumnus, Tess Whitfort,” Ruth said.

A well-crafted French braid kept hair off the face and neck allowing industry partner, Kryolan, to create fantasy body paint for the event.

Butterfly-themed body painting by industry partner, Kryolan, was another spectacle of the night with hairdressing students working to an unusual brief of keeping the model’s hair ‘out of the way’.

Ruth said that the students found the best solution would be a French braid along the front hairline which allowed the advanced fantasy make up to feature boldly and brilliantly.

The new Barbershop @BHI was open for business with students demonstrating their newfound barbering skills on clients.

Barbering students demonstrate their new craftsmanship at the National Skills Week Launch

“The collaboration of our creative industries made for a brilliant night, capped off with music by students training in our new multi-million dollar music studios.”

The evening was attended by industry leaders and partners of Box Hill Institute including Skills One CEO, Brian Wexham.

For more information about hairdressing courses at Box Hill Institute, please visit: or call 1300 BOX HILL.