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Students gather to show the teacher their completed permed heads. Students in hairdressing class learn the trade using manikin heads with artificial hair. They practice different styles and techniques in each class including perms and long and short style cuts. Images from Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon hairdressers in Shanghai, China. By London photographer, Jonathan Browning ×
Students gather to show the teacher their completed permed heads. Students in hairdressing class learn the trade using manikin heads with artificial hair. They practice different styles and techniques in each class including perms and long and short style cuts. Images from Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon hairdressers in Shanghai, China. By London photographer, Jonathan Browning ×
London and Shanghai photographer. All images © Jonathan Browning.
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A student receives a face massage and treatment from a fellow classmate during a beautician class for the girls. Images from Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon hairdressers in Shanghai, China. By London photographer, Jonathan Browning ×
A student receives a face massage and treatment from a fellow classmate during a beautician class for the girls. Images from Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon hairdressers in Shanghai, China. By London photographer, Jonathan Browning ×
London and Shanghai photographer. All images © Jonathan Browning.
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During morning roll call and collective excercise students stand on guard while they are inspecting on their presentation. Images from Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon hairdressers in Shanghai, China. By London photographer, Jonathan Browning

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During morning roll call and collective excercise students stand on guard while they are inspecting on their presentation. Images from Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon hairdressers in Shanghai, China. By London photographer, Jonathan Browning

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Hairdressing, Shanghai Styles. 


Hair Salons are abundant in China, they're inexpensive and include perks like shampoo wash, blow dry and head massage as basic, all for just $5. Competition among salons is tight and there are some high street favorites, such as Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon.  To stand out of the crowd they have modelled their business on the military; the men who are almost exclusively the hairdressers wear pseudo navy style uniforms. The woman whom are the beauticians wear a female officer / air stewardess uniform complete with perhaps too short red skirts with stockings and high heels.  All of them with a star ranking shoulder insignia displaying their rank and position.


Staff for Wenfeng come from all corners of China, most are young, have no college degree and are in search of work and higher wages in big cities.  They are all trained at Wenfeng’s headquarters and boarding college in Shanghai.


Recruits are trained in an almost military fashion, roll call begins at 7am after breakfast and includes standing to attention ‘on guard’, singing and even dancing. Classes begin immediately after and continue through till dark, ending with more ‘collective training’ in the HQ’s large square.


These photos are from several days spent at their training college. Further images are available on request. 


The work has been published on on BBC, GEO (Germany) Le Repubblica, CSM and TimeOut Shanghai. All images © Jonathan Browning.

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Female students are trained in giving massages in a large hall filled with over 50 beds. Head and shoulder massages are offered as part of a wash and cut package in salons throught out China. Images from Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon hairdressers in Shanghai, China. By London photographer, Jonathan Browning ×
Female students are trained in giving massages in a large hall filled with over 50 beds. Head and shoulder massages are offered as part of a wash and cut package in salons throught out China. Images from Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon hairdressers in Shanghai, China. By London photographer, Jonathan Browning ×
London and Shanghai photographer. All images © Jonathan Browning.
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Trainees from Wenfeng college head out of the campus and offer free hair cuts by a vegetable market in the suburbs of Shanghai. Willing guinea pigs are usually retirees doing their morning shop. Images from Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon hairdressers in Shanghai, China. By London photographer, Jonathan Browning ×
Trainees from Wenfeng college head out of the campus and offer free hair cuts by a vegetable market in the suburbs of Shanghai. Willing guinea pigs are usually retirees doing their morning shop. Images from Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon hairdressers in Shanghai, China. By London photographer, Jonathan Browning ×
London and Shanghai photographer. All images © Jonathan Browning.
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Images from Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon hairdressers in Shanghai, China. By London photographer, Jonathan Browning ×
Images from Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon hairdressers in Shanghai, China. By London photographer, Jonathan Browning ×
London and Shanghai photographer. All images © Jonathan Browning.
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A working desk during a beauty class where students practice applying lip stick on prosthetic lips. Images from Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon hairdressing college in Shanghai, China. By London photographer, Jonathan Browning ×
A working desk during a beauty class where students practice applying lip stick on prosthetic lips. Images from Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon hairdressing college in Shanghai, China. By London photographer, Jonathan Browning ×
London and Shanghai photographer. All images © Jonathan Browning.
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Students in hairdressing class learn the trade using manikin heads with artificial hair. They practice different styles and techniques in each class including perms and long and short style cuts. Images from Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon hairdressers in Shanghai, China. By London photographer, Jonathan Browning ×
Students in hairdressing class learn the trade using manikin heads with artificial hair. They practice different styles and techniques in each class including perms and long and short style cuts. Images from Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon hairdressers in Shanghai, China. By London photographer, Jonathan Browning ×
London and Shanghai photographer. All images © Jonathan Browning.
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A teacher demonstates on a student the art of eyebrow tattooing to a class. In China fake eyebrows are common. Images from Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon hairdressers in Shanghai, China. By London photographer, Jonathan Browning ×
A teacher demonstates on a student the art of eyebrow tattooing to a class. In China fake eyebrows are common. Images from Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon hairdressers in Shanghai, China. By London photographer, Jonathan Browning ×
London and Shanghai photographer. All images © Jonathan Browning.
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Before massage class, students sing the Wenfeng song for the teacher. By London photographer Jonathan Browning

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Before massage class, students sing the Wenfeng song for the teacher. By London photographer Jonathan Browning

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Part of the beauticians course includes learning how to do eyebrow tattoos. Here a student practices hair strokes on a prosthetic eyebrow. Images from Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon hairdressers in Shanghai, China. By London photographer, Jonathan Browning ×
Part of the beauticians course includes learning how to do eyebrow tattoos. Here a student practices hair strokes on a prosthetic eyebrow. Images from Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon hairdressers in Shanghai, China. By London photographer, Jonathan Browning ×
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The girls in the college have make-up classes as part of their beautician roles. Here a student plays the model and has foundation and eye liner applied infront or mirrors. Images from Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon hairdressers in Shanghai, China. By London photographer, Jonathan Browning ×
The girls in the college have make-up classes as part of their beautician roles. Here a student plays the model and has foundation and eye liner applied infront or mirrors. Images from Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon hairdressers in Shanghai, China. By London photographer, Jonathan Browning ×
London and Shanghai photographer. All images © Jonathan Browning.
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A student in his dormitory changing clothes. Whilst on campus they are only allowed to wear their uniform. Each room sleeps 6 students and toilets and showers are at the ned of the corridor. Images from Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon hairdressers in Shanghai, China. By London photographer, Jonathan Browning ×
A student in his dormitory changing clothes. Whilst on campus they are only allowed to wear their uniform. Each room sleeps 6 students and toilets and showers are at the ned of the corridor. Images from Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon hairdressers in Shanghai, China. By London photographer, Jonathan Browning ×
London and Shanghai photographer. All images © Jonathan Browning.
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A student sleeps in his bed during a break whilst listening to headphones. Each dormitory room has about 6 beds. Images from Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon hairdressers in Shanghai, China. By London photographer, Jonathan Browning ×
A student sleeps in his bed during a break whilst listening to headphones. Each dormitory room has about 6 beds. Images from Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon hairdressers in Shanghai, China. By London photographer, Jonathan Browning ×
London and Shanghai photographer. All images © Jonathan Browning.
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The college campus includes entertainment facilites such as pool tables and an internet cafe. Here a group of boys play pool in the evening after their classes. Images from Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon hairdressers in Shanghai, China. By London photographer, Jonathan Browning ×
The college campus includes entertainment facilites such as pool tables and an internet cafe. Here a group of boys play pool in the evening after their classes. Images from Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon hairdressers in Shanghai, China. By London photographer, Jonathan Browning ×
London and Shanghai photographer. All images © Jonathan Browning.
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During evening roll call and collective excercise students stand on guard while they are inspecting on their presentation. Images from Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon hairdressers in Shanghai, China. By London photographer, Jonathan Browning ×
During evening roll call and collective excercise students stand on guard while they are inspecting on their presentation. Images from Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon hairdressers in Shanghai, China. By London photographer, Jonathan Browning ×
London and Shanghai photographer. All images © Jonathan Browning.
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Staff at a store in Shanghai wait for customer to come in for a haircut. Images from Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon hairdressers in Shanghai, China. By London photographer, Jonathan Browning ×
Staff at a store in Shanghai wait for customer to come in for a haircut. Images from Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon hairdressers in Shanghai, China. By London photographer, Jonathan Browning ×
London and Shanghai photographer. All images © Jonathan Browning.
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Images from Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon hairdressers in Shanghai, China. By London photographer, Jonathan Browning ×
Images from Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon hairdressers in Shanghai, China. By London photographer, Jonathan Browning ×
London and Shanghai photographer. All images © Jonathan Browning.
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A Wenfeng salon in central Shanghai. Reflections of hairdressers working on the window at night, they close at 10pm, 7 days a week. Images from Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon hairdressers in Shanghai, China. By London photographer, Jonathan Browning ×
A Wenfeng salon in central Shanghai. Reflections of hairdressers working on the window at night, they close at 10pm, 7 days a week. Images from Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon hairdressers in Shanghai, China. By London photographer, Jonathan Browning ×
London and Shanghai photographer. All images © Jonathan Browning.
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Early morning at the college. Female employee and students all wear high heels throughout the whole day. Images from Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon hairdressers in Shanghai, China. By London photographer, Jonathan Browning ×
Early morning at the college. Female employee and students all wear high heels throughout the whole day. Images from Wenfeng Hair and Beauty Salon hairdressers in Shanghai, China. By London photographer, Jonathan Browning ×
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