Alfaparf Milano Architects of Design Team Collaborate on Shoot

Published 21st Feb 2024 by Charlotte Grant-West

The ALFAPARF Milano Professional Architects of Design (AOD) team gathered at the ALFAPARF Milano Academy in London recently to take part in a photoshoot as the final activity of their 12-month long programme. This was followed by their official graduation.

The elite one-year AOD education programme is an opportunity for ten talented and creative hairdressers to be mentored by both national and international stylists with education taking place in ALFAPARF Milano Professional academies in Ireland, the UK, Rome and Milan.

With nine days of mentoring, the AOD team had the chance to learn skills from a line-up of mentors including Paul Stafford (Northern Ireland), Alan Keville (Ireland), Alessandro Fratini (Italy), Richard Ashforth (UK), Alan Austin Smith (UK), Ramiro Mata (Spain), Oni Quadrino and Emanuele Vona (Italy), and Piero Gentile (UK).

The hairdressers from the UK and Ireland chosen to be part of the Architects of Design team were Wayne Chartley, Pont Smith, Ben Newby, Michael Paraliki, Maria Haberlin, Triona Hollian, Grace Marie Bardon, Jolene McCarthy, Gillian Woods, and Lynsey Cleland.

For their final photo shoot, they were given the opportunity to work in pairs on five models and create their own looks. With the assistance of ALFAPARF Milano Professional’s Piero Gentile and the UK technical team, the participants presented looks, styles, colours, and cuts for each of their models.

After agreeing on the colour formulations, cuts, and style they worked collaboratively to create multiple looks that were then captured by a professional photographer.

The day ended with their graduation from the programme where they were all presented with certificates by David Donnellan on behalf of ALFAPARF Milano Professional.

“I really enjoyed watching the creative journey the team went through over the two days we were together in the London Academy,” said Piero Gentile, Technical Educator from from ALFAPARF Milano Professional. “It has been fantastic to watch them grow over the last year, and to see their talent grow and develop. The great thing about this shoot is that it was all about teamwork, which is so crucial for anyone working in a creative industry like ours.”

The AOD graduates will now have a fantastic collection of images to use in their salon and across their own social media platforms. 


Charlotte Grant-West

Charlotte Grant-West

Published 21st Feb 2024

Charlotte oversees the print magazine, website and social media channels at HJ. With over a decade of experience as a journalist, Charlotte was formerly Editor of Modern Barber and HJ Men, Social Editor at Netmums and Features Writer at Boots Health & Beauty magazine. She loves any products that make her hair bigger and more voluminous, and loves a behind-the-scenes peek at anything hair-related – whether it's a factory tour, BTS on a shoot or backstage at fashion week.

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