Salon model first for a College in Scotland

An innovative high street hairdressing salon has opened at City of Glasgow College’s stunning City campus on Cathedral Street.

Amethyst Salon is a brand new hair and beauty concept linking the College directly with the hairdressing industry.

The salon offers students who have qualified in hairdressing at the College the chance to start their own business renting a chair in the salon.

Principal and Chief Executive at City of Glasgow College, Paul Little, said:

“Our new state of the art facilities at City campus have allowed us to create a pioneering business opportunity for students in an enviable environment. This is a ground-breaking venture with its commercial rent-a-chair agreement a first for a college in Scotland. Not only is City of Glasgow College producing its own talent pipeline but it is bringing business into the city and giving the public a fantastic new hair and beauty venue.”

Amethyst Salon Manager, Cristina Devine, said:

“I am delighted to be part of this brand new concept. Being in this industry for 20 years, I have seen it change and grow and at City of Glasgow College we are raising the bar by closing the gap between education and industry. We are giving qualified hairdressers a platform to start their business, gain experience, and master their skills in a safe coach-led environment, but we are also creating a talent pipeline for future employers. Watch this space.”

Joanne Pinkerton, the salon’s first newly appointed stylist, said:

“Having recently graduated with an HNC in Hairdressing at the College, I am thrilled to have been given the chance to work in this incredible, forward-thinking facility. The support provided to help me advance my career has been fantastic and the future is extremely bright for me and my new business here in Amethyst Salon at City of Glasgow College.”

Cristina joins the College 14 years after gaining hairdressing qualifications from what was then the College of Commerce. She began her career with Vidal Sassoon before joining Schwarzkopf where she managed a team of educators and academies and was then head-hunted by L’Oreal’s Professional Education Team.

Joanne studied at Glasgow’s Rainbow Room before leaving for the glamour of cruise ships. She travelled and won over clients in both Italy and Bermuda before returning to Glasgow. Joanne then decided to do her HNC at City of Glasgow College with a view to moving into teaching but jumped at this opportunity.