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Organisation name: The Hairproject Foundation

Grant amount: £17,000

Quote from Curtis:

“It’s been an amazing experience having EOTO and Ben in my corner. Meeting up with me regularly has given me the belief to carry on with what I’m doing. It’s given me funding that has helped me both sustain my business and buy much needed equipment for students so that we can run as a successful academy. The creation of the short film will enable us to attract a much wider audience than we currently can and has opened doors for us to pursue many new partnerships.”

Quote from EOTO:

“Ben heard about The Hair Project through his friend Ny and was immediately impressed with the dedication and support offered to the young people they worked with and the exceptional standard of teaching offered. As the first project we funded, The Hair Project have become more of a partner than a project over the last 12 months and we are looking forward to helping them to go on to further success in the near future.”

Contact details:

Hair Project, Unit 10, The Stables,

138 Kingsland Road,

London, E2 8DY

020 3222 0656




The Hairproject Foundation was the brainchild of Paul Ames and business partner Andrew Curtis.   After working in the industry for over 15 years and having both been through apprenticeships with some of the most respected hairdressing companies in the world, they felt that at foundation level, there was something missing.

Students were not getting the training they deserved on government-funded schemes, particularly when it came to  the practical element of hairdressing.

This is when the idea of the Hair Project evolved from a thought to a reality. They gained City & Guilds approved centre status in October 2010 enabling them to deliver the very best in practical hairdressing training and award internationally recognised qualifications.

Based in Hoxton, East London,  with a state of the art facility, the academy is an inspiring environment to visit and work in. Designed to look and feel like a high quality salon,


the team work to provide students with techniques to qualify as hairdressers and develop the real-life skills necessary to work confidently in a salon.

Research shows that the percentage of students coming out of college after training in hairdressing and going on to work in a salon is very low, in fact only around 8% of students who progress through college on an NVQ Level 2 actually succeed in hairdressing. The staff at Hair Project are proud to say that after only the first year making a dramatic change to those statistics, 99% of their graduates have maintained jobs going on to obtain positions as stylists and colour technicians in some of the U.K’s best salons.

They want to benefit society, to make a difference. Having already turned around the lives of many of their students helping them to see what can be achieved in the fantastic industry of hair, they have started as they mean to go on. As it says in their logo… Progression is the Future!




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