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Tameside College Student’s Instagram fame is road to success

An adult student at Tameside College is going places after her intricate hairstyles attracted widespread attention online.

Leanne Forrest, a level one hairdressing student has amassed over 50,000 followers on her Instagram account ‘3LittleGirlsHair’, sharing photographs of her daughters’ hair in various styles of braids and plaits.

After being taught how to braid by her niece, Leanne has spent the last two years researching and developing ever more complicated designs based on French, Dutch, lace and infinity braids. She then shares photos of the hairstyles with her many fans. Leanne is planning to develop a wedding hair business following this success on Instagram.

Leanne said: “My braiding on Instagram has absolutely taken off in the last year or so. I now have 55,000 followers on my account and it’s growing every day. I just started doing it as a something nice for my daughters when they were attending ballet lessons and sharing the photos online but obviously people enjoyed what they saw.”

“I am always Youtubing the latest styles and trends to give my followers something new to look at and my daughters love having their hair done so it’s good all round.”

“I don’t really know where to go with it to be honest but I am thinking about using my online presence to develop a business. The course I’m studying has given me a good understanding of other aspects of hair that I didn’t really know about and now, I have a passion for learning.”

Janine Davey, hair and beauty teacher at Tameside College, said:

“Leanne has had amazing success and I love the work she does. She’s fantastic and regularly gives advice to other students on the course. I think that she enjoys absorbing knowledge and that’s the best way to be if you want to achieve success in an ever changing industry. I really hope that her success grows even further.”

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