Earlier this year, styling super-brand ghd launched the first-ever regulated and approved styling qualification. ghd are proud to announce that the first group of talented students graduated at the ghd academy on Dean Street in Soho this week. ghd invited parents, friends and family of the graduates to enjoy canapes and bubbly at a special and intimate graduation ceremony where a panel of four ghd experts discussed hairdressing opportunities, shared their incredible stories and offered invaluable advice to the graduates. The professional education panel included Zoe Irwin, ghd uk brand ambassador; Jo Robertson, head of global education; Leighanne Regan, session stylist; and Sally Whitehead, ghd educator. The graduates were given advice and praise by Zoe, “it’s been a dream of mine for years to run a ghd graduate styling programme and I’m so pleased for all the students, they’ve achieved an incredible level of styling. The next step for them now is to throw themselves into everything they do, don’t be afraid to try something different.” The ghd graduate styling programme embraces all areas of styling through a variety of seminars taught by industry experts. This year’s students have gained a full spectrum of knowledge from the basic blow drying and styling skills to the more intricate hair-up and trend-spotting techniques. The course is based at ghd’s stunning studio in Soho, London and runs from April to November. The course has been something that Jo Robertson, head of global education, has always wanted to do, “we’re absolutely thrilled to be graduating our first stylists from this course. We wanted the qualification to be a journey, it was important to us that it pushed the students intellectually so that it really meant something to graduate. The skills, knowledge and confidence that the graduates have accrued over the past year has been phenomenal and I can’t wait to see where their hairdressing journey takes them in the future!” The 2015 ghd styling graduates are: Chad Maxwell Victoria Henn Hannah Edmonds Natalie Storey Molly Reeves Rhea Adams Craig Jones ghd teamed up with the VTCT (Vocational Training Charitable Trust) to create a recognised qualification that represented the highest level of styling skill and embraces the incredible learning platforms, techniques and skills that ghd has to offer. Modules on the course ranged from ghd basics and hairology with Anton Alexander to express styling with Leighanne Regan, and from bridal styling with Sally Whitehead to fashion editorial with Zoe Irwin.