Celebrity hairdresser Stephen Glendinning, who has featured on the likes of Wags Boutique and Celebrity Scissorhands, was so thrilled to learn one of Adam Smith College’s new salons was to be named after him that he flew up from London to be at the launch.
The former hairdressing student from Kennoway returned to the college to help launch ‘Inspired’, the new name and image for the hair and beauty department which features three state-of-the-art salons named after people or organisations linked to the college and have inspired others to success in the industry.
Having discovered one of the new salons was to be opened in his name, Stephen got on the first plane from London to cut the ribbon that officially launched the department’s new image.
The successful award-winning hair stylist, originally from Kennoway, is currently based in London where he works on a variety of projects from TV appearances such as Celebrity Scissorhands and Wags Boutique to fashion magazine and music video shoots.
His celebrity client list is endless and he is frequently in demand across the country for hair events and exhibitions. Stephen has also worked as International Artistic Director for global brand Toni & Guy and, most recently, for Essensuals.
Stephen has never forgotten his roots and regularly visits the College in Kirkcaldy to appear at masterclasses and hair shows. He said: “I have been lucky enough to have had a great deal of success during my 17 years hairdressing, however to come back and have a salon named after me is a first and most definitely the icing on the cake for me. It is always fantastic to come home and meet the staff and the students who continue to impress me with their talent and imagination.
“The facilities here at Adam Smith are second to none – a great start for any would be hairdresser or beautician.”
Stephen wasn’t the only person opening a salon – representative Neil Barton from hair care specialists Goldwell, who also owns his own salon in Edinburgh, was also there to cut the ribbon to the ‘Goldwell’ salon helped by the College’s Artistic Team.
The remaining hairdressing Salon is being named after Sean Donaldson another ex-student who runs a highly successful salon and training centre in Miami Beach, Florida.
Christina Laing, Department Manager for Hair and Beauty said: “We wanted to give our Department and salons names, just like in the real world and it seemed very fitting that they should also inspire the students who will be taught in them.
“Stephen and Neil have had a very positive impact on our students and staff and I am delighted to welcome them here to mark the occasion alongside our other colleagues and friends in the hair and beauty industry who have also come along to give their support.”