CARE home residents from Langley Haven are proving it is never too late to learn a new skill - by becoming hairdressers.

The care home in Rambler Lane arranged with nearby Langley College in Station Road for its residents to take party in special hairdressing workshops.

During the first workshop last week the college’s hairdressing students showed the ladies from Langley Haven how to put rollers in, while the gentlemen worked with mannequins learning how to do pony tails and rollers.

Roxana Chirita, Langley Haven's activities co-ordinator said: “This is the ideal opportunity to get our residents out of the care home into somewhere different, interacting with new faces and better still being given the chance to learn something new – it genuinely ticks all the boxes.”

Care Home resident Marcus Hewitt was particularly pleased with his achievements saying: ‘I didn’t expect that I would be able to do a ponytail at the end of it but I really wanted to get it right.

"The student was really good, explaining with patience what I had to do and she made me laugh. That helped, I was so proud.”

Linda Roger who was taught how to put rollers in said: “I enjoyed the visit so much. It was something completely different from what we normally do.”

The partnership is equally beneficial to the hairdressing students says the college’s hair and beauty manager Angel De Franceschi.

She said: “Our salons are open to the public offering very affordable hair services and beauty treatments. Working with the ladies and gentleman from the care home is the ideal opportunity for students to perfect their client liaison skills and deepen their learning as on this occasion they were doing the teaching.”

To find out more about the hairdressing and beauty courses and apprenticeships come to the Langley College Open Day on Thursday, March 14 from 4.30pm to 7.30pm. Pre-register for fast track entry at

You can also book an appointment at the college's own salons on 01753 793246.