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crimpers. Somehow three years training will have to be condensed
into just three weeks! Will they be a cut above? Or will it
be a case of blood, sweat and shears? No sooner had the celebrities
picked up their scissors to make their first cut, than a customer’s
neck had been wounded! The casualties didn’t stop there...
a lady who’s due to marry soon had a raggle taggle cut from
Lee Macdonald while Jeff Leach left his customer with a Mohican
rising up above her startled eyes.
in time for Hallowe’en – if the customers don’t look
a fright when they go in, they might well when they
come out! The razors have been sharpened, the dyes mixed,
the spray-tans primed for action – the Celebrity Scissorhands
Academy is now open for business once again.
Award-winning hairdresser Lee Stafford is back in charge,
and it’s his mission to turn this year’s intake of star
In safe hands
enough to let him loose on them before their big interviews,
dates and occasions.
Lee is stylist Errol Douglas, who’ll be teaching the
stars the hair-dos and don’ts of Afro-Caribbean hair
cutting and styling. Joining them is expert beautician
Clair Bennett, who’ll be guiding the celebrities in
the ways of waxing, spray-tanning, massages and pampering.
Let’s hope the novices manage to create some beauties,
rather than beasts.
And he’s as permanent a fixture in Celebrity Scissorhands
as firm-hold gel. Former Academy graduate and assistant
manager Steve Strange returns to be this year’s image
consultant.He’ll creating unique looks for anyone brave
The purpose-built Academy in Camden, north London is ready
for action. So who will be on their feet for nine hours a
day, six days a week?
Swash - Former Eastenders actress
Shana is best known for playing the role of teenage
tearaway Demi Miller in Eastenders. The ex-Eastender
sees herself as very competitive: “Watch out for me
in there ’cos I’ll have my eye on everyone - tell them
to look out ’cos the winner’s coming through!”
Ledgerwood - BBC One’s The Apprentice
32-year-old Lucinda began her career in risk management
before working in various roles involving IT in the
No stranger to being an apprentice, this year, Lucinda
battled it out against 15 other contenders in the race
to become Sir Alan’s Apprentice 2008. Unfortunately,
she was fired by Sir Alan who said she was ’too zany’
She thinks she’ll bring “enthusiasm, creativity and
a caring side” to The Academy. She admits she’s not
good at taking orders, admitting: “I want to be giving
Stedman Pearson - From 80’s pop sensations Five Star
Stedman shot to fame in the 80s when his brother and
sisters formed the British pop and R&B group Five Star.
In September 2006, Stedman came third on The All Star
Talent Show on Five, showcasing his recently resurrected
ballet skills before a live audience.
After wearing the same simple style for many years,
Stedman is now ready for a change, and is looking forward
to getting Lee’s input into a makeover. His idea of
perfect hair is Halle Berry’s hair - ’short and wicked’
– and he’d even consider going short himself.
Stedman is looking forward to working with Steve, having
crossed paths with him a few times during the 80s.
Lee Macdonald – Formerly a face in Grange Hill
As Samuel ’Zammo’ Maguire, he was at the centre of Grange
Hill’s most famous storyline when, in 1986, cheeky Zammo
became a heroin addict. He now runs his own key cutting
business but still does occasional TV work.
Although confident he will shine in The Academy, Lee
is also nervous, “I’d rather cut blokes’ hair,” he confesses.
“I’d hate to ruin a girl’s hair and make them upset.
My wife would never let me touch her hair, and I’d be
too scared too. I’m genuinely terrified of cutting women’s
Chris Perry-Metcalf - Also formerly in Grange Hill
Former Grange Hill favourite Chris is a self-confessed
hair obsessive. So much so, the 19-year-old Liverpool
lad gets his locks cut every ten days.
A self-proclaimed perfectionist Chris is looking forward
to the challenge of learning in The Academy and says
he wants to “get stuck in and learn everything and not
stop learning until I’m good at it. I want to be as
good as Lee Stafford. Give me a couple of weeks and
I’ll be better”.
Jeff Leach - BBC Switch presenter
24 year old TV presenter, DJ, comedy writer and actor
Jeff Leach is currently one of the faces of BBC Switch
Jeff has always taken a creative approach to his hair,
and has dyed and cut it himself in earlier EMO-influenced
Jeff is especially looking forward to waxing other men
and thinks it will be ‘the most fun part of the programme’
– ‘spreading the tough love’ and sending people away
feeling hair-free and happy with themselves.
Kym Mazelle - Soul singer
48 year old soul singer Kym Mazelle is best known for
"Young Hearts Run Free". She is also a former member
of Soul II Soul and grew up alongside The Jacksons.
Over the years Kym has had all kinds of hairstyles,
from weaves, bad colours and even once psychedelic braids
“which were a huge mistake!”
Kym enjoys beauty treatments at the spa, but is not
looking forward to carrying them out on other people.
One thing she’d refuse to do would be a back, sack and
crack wax: “I’d give them an instruction booklet, a
mirror and a map and send them off behind a screen to
do it themselves”.
Scott Robinson - From boy band Five
Scott is best known for being a member of popular boy
Scott takes the subject of hair seriously – “I always
thought that a haircut can completely change someone’s
appearance and can make a huge difference – it’s the
easiest way of losing a stone!” and won the Smash Hits
award for “Best Male Haircut” two years in a row when
he was in Five.
He finds the thought of giving massages or waxes “a
bit weird” but says he’d be okay if he knew the person
receiving the treatment – “if it was one of my mates
I could laugh and enjoy the fact I’m hurting them”.
Jessica-Jane Clement - The Real Hustler
Jessica and her team of ’hustlers’ are always on the
side of the unsuspecting consumer in BBC Three’s The
The 23-year-old presenter began her career as a glamour
model and was posing for Playboy aged just 18. Although
she is not keen on carrying out a back, sack and crack,
she says that “nothing grosses me out – if someone wants
it doing, I’ll do it, especially if they’re getting
sponsored for it’”
Jessica will be joining her fellow Celebrity Trainees
at The Academy in week 2 of the show.
All in a good cause
With no prior hairdressing training, the trainees will be
let loose on willing members of the public and trimming their
barnets into all sorts of shapes. It had better be a good
job too, because clients can pay what they feel their cut
or treatment is worth. And that money, along with any tips
the trainees earn, will go straight to BBC Children in Need.
After three gruelling weeks the star snippers will have their
scissor skills judged by star hairdresser Nicky Clarke who
will crown one crimper Celebrity Scissorhands Hairdresser
of the Year 2008.
And don’t forget you can get involved by bravely offering
yourself up for a cut, style or pamper in the salon or by
simply donating to BBC Children in Need.
Children in Need is a registered charity England & Wales no.
802052 and Scotland SC039557
Article by Heather Bell