Congratulations to our learners who have got through to this year's Xposure Competition

Bristol Learners                        

1.       Jessica Seddon @Lavish Salon and Spa – Tutor: Nic Crowley

2.       Lucy Twinem @Rush  -Tutor: Nic Crowley

3.       Roberto Peula Martin@ Atelier Martin - Tutor: Amy Davies

4.       Lorenza Sanfilippo @Dyenamix Hair and Beauty – Tutor Amy Davies

5.       Beth Carey @The Snug  - Tutor: Sarah Humm


Birmingham Learners

1.       Sally Faulkner @Salon@Chaddesley  - Tutor: Jeff Fitzgerald

2.       Saoirse Ruhan @Phase 2 – Tutor: Casey Stuart

3.       Leanne Perrot @Hazel & Hayden Hairdressing – Tutor:  JeffFitzgerald


Here is some of their fantastic work:

Safer Internet Day 2017

Reflections Training Academy are helping to promote the UK Safer Internet Day 2017:

This theme has been chosen as the global Safer Internet Day theme by the Insafe network as it reflects the importance of all stakeholders of the internet to effect positive change. This change can come from individuals, schools/colleges, organisations, law enforcement and the internet industry itself. The theme encourages young people to work together to be positive, safe and respectful online. In the UK the campaign will particularly explore the ways that young people use images and videos to communicate online, and how this can impact on their views, wellbeing and reputation.

You can find out more by visiting , speaking to one of our tutors or visiting

Wella Xposure Prize

Abi Britt, winner of this year’s Wella Xposure competition has been enjoying her prize at the London Wella Studios.

She took part in a mentoring programme with Leonardo Rizzo of Sanrizz salons, London. Abi developed her knowledge of gaining inspiration and observed some current and emerging trends and techniques from the models presented.

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Xposure Final - Press Release


On Wednesday 8 June 2016, 32 competitors from academies and colleges from across the country competed to win the title of best student hairdresser at the Wella World Studio London.

The search began with a photographic heat in which students were challenged to create a commercial cut and colour look. 120 competitors across the two new categories were selected to go through to one of the four regional heats from which the top 4 in each category headed to the national final.

The final 32 students arrived for the final event to ever be hosted in the Wella World Studio London premises on Mortimer Street, before the studio moves to its new location, No.1 The Strand. Each student was tasked with styling and creating a finished look within a one hour time limit. Judged by some of the most respected names in the industry; Karen Kennedy from Indigo Rye, Altin Ismaili from Marc Antoni, Ryan Jones from Wow and Patrick Cameron were there to review the competitors and choose their winners.

Helen Elliott from Doncaster College and Abi Britt from Reflections Training Academy (Bristol) were crowned Gold XPOSURE Winners. They will receive £1,000 worth of Wella Professionals MyEducation Fund, a tool kit to the value of £500 as well as the opportunity to work backstage with one of the show teams at the Wella TrendVision Award UK & Ireland Final 2016. They will also be joined by the Silver Winners; Molly Gibson from Reflections Training Academy (Birmingham) and Hazel Watson from South Lanarkshire College, and the Bronze winners; Lucy Fraser from Rhona McCallum Hair and Sophie Knowles from Kendal College at a mentoring day with an inspirational industry icon.  

College Category - From Left to Right: Sophie Knowles (Kendal College), Helen Elliott (Doncaster College) and Hazel Watson (South Lanarkshire College)

Academy Category - From Left to Right: Lucy Fraser (Rhona McCallum Hair), Abi Britt (Reflections Training Academy – Bristol) and Molly Gibson (Reflections Training Academy – Birmingham)

For more information on taking part in XPOSURE 2017, call 08456 018128 or email:

Congratulations Abi Britt and Molly Gibson

A huge well done to Xposure Gold Winner Abi Britt (Reflections Training Academy Bristol) and Silver Winner Molly Gibson (Reflections Training Academy Birmingham)

All UK Final winners will experience an inspirational mentoring day with one of our top Guest Artists, plus the GOLD Award winners will be working back stage at the TrendVision Award UK & Ireland Final 2016. We want to say a huge well done to everyone that competed in the day and a massive thank you to our Judges ‪#‎xpouk #wella #ReflectionsEducation 

Congratulations Abi Britt!

Congratulations to Level 3 Learner Abi Britt at HQ Hairdressing, who reached the final 8 of the ‘Learner of the Year’ Competition.

Abi Britt took part in the Hairdressing Council 2016 ‘Learner of the Year’ Competition where she had to re-create a cut and blow-dry in front of a panel of judges at the L’Oreal Studio in Hammersmith.

This was an amazing opportunity and a great insight into session styling and competition work on a national scale.

Best of luck to Abi who has also made the final of the Wella Xposure Competition on June 8th.

Hollie Burns' Learner Journey

Hollie Burns Trained at Reflections Training Academy and qualified in 2015. Here is her learner journey and what she has been doing since……..

2013 -2014

I began my hairdressing apprenticeship with Reflections Training Academy in February 2013. Being on an apprenticeship gave me the opportunity to practice the creative skills I was learning and developing at both the salon and the training academy. Through the Academy I entered the Wella Xposure competition in December 2013 and was lucky enough to make it to the Regional Finals. The competition included finding my own model, putting together a mood board of inspiration and from that going on to cut, colour, style and dress my model. My tutor gave me the guidance I needed to be creative and enjoy competition work. This was such an eye opening experience for me to see the standard of how many amazing creative up and coming hairdressers there are in the UK. From then on I have always loved competition and styling work.

Wella Xposure competition December 2013

During my time at the salon I took part in styling hair for the Miss Bristol finalists, taking part in a catwalk runway show, assisting and styling bridal hair, attending the British Hairdressing Awards in Manchester and attending Salon International held at the Excel centre in London. I was able to get inspiration from all of these different experiences and put it in to my competition and training at the Academy. I was chosen to take part in the Reflections Training Academy learner art team at the annual awards in May 2014 and I was then able to put the techniques I had seen at previous events into styling.


During my Level 3 training I really enjoyed all of the theory and science behind colour. I took part in the colour theory workshops at the Academy and always found them to be very interesting, even though sometimes it would be a case of ‘trial and error’ there would always be a tutor to take the time and explain why you didn’t achieve the right results and how to avoid it in the future. During my time as a colour technician I was put forward by Reflections Training Academy for a photographic competition and got to the 3 finalists. I also was awarded the silver award for learner of the year in December 2014 at the Reflections Company Awards.
In January 2015 after completing my Level 3 NVQ in hairdressing I then became a Stylist, this was my first time managing a very busy column doing all different aspects of hairdressing. Shortly after in February 2015 I then became a top stylist and then in March 2015 I became Assistant Manager. This was a steep learning curve to understand how to manage my column, oversee the running of the salon and still make sure I was always improving as a hairdresser. During the last part of my apprenticeship I took part in the Reflections Training Academy learner competition and was awarded Gold for my entry. In December 2015 I was also awarded Gold for Newcomer of the Year at the Reflections Company Awards. 

2016 – Present
After a whirlwind few years and my ever developing love for the art of hairdressing I then felt it was time for a change of scenery and a new challenge. I decided in late 2015 to move to Australia with the aim of developing my skills and knowledge whilst travelling. I had been following various salons in Sydney and was keen to learn new techniques especially with regards to colouring. 

I got to Sydney on 6th of January 2016 and I travelled up the east coast for 2 weeks and loved every minute. I came to a town called Manly Beach which is on the northern beaches of Sydney, a 30 minute ferry ride from circular quay in central Sydney. I instantly fell in love with Manly Beach and decided this is where I wanted to be. So I got in touch with a Salon Owner, Casey at Willow Hair, a small boutique salon which is in the heart of Manly where after a trial I was given a stylist position.

I recently attended the Australian Hair Fashion Awards held at Luna Park in Sydney and was fortunate enough to speak to Errol Douglas and David Mannah. This was such an amazing event to see the standard of Australian hairdressing. Everyone is so talented and I feel very lucky to be in the position that I am in. 

Casey has now nominated me for sponsorship which allows me to continue working at Willow Hair with a 4 year visa to stay in Australia. I can’t wait to see what happens next!
Without all the help and support of the amazing team at Reflections Training Academy I wouldn’t be able to be in the position that I am in or on the other side of the world. So a huge thank you to the whole Training Academy team!