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Lady combing girl's hair, both dressed in Viking-style clothes

Hairdressing students to create Viking look for Norwich Castle visitors

15th February 2019

Hairdressing students from City College Norwich are set to bring a whole new meaning to ‘retro’ hairstyling this half-term and Easter.  Visitors to Norwich Castle Museum’s Viking: Rediscover the Legend exhibition will be able to have their hair or beards plaited by the students in a Viking-inspired style.

The students’ pop-up salon, ‘Viking Sassoon’, will be appearing at the museum on Saturday 16th February, then on the 8th, 11th, 15th and 18th April.

Off scalp plaits were a popular with Viking ladies and children, single strand plaits that are draped backwards and had added accessories, and basic scalp plaits were used to keep hair off the face, Men’s beards were also plaited, and man buns were also worn.  All of these options will be available for visitors to the students’ pop-up salon.  

The opportunity to have Viking plaits, which can be pre-booked by calling Norwich Castle Museum on (01603) 495897, will give visitors a novel way to experience and Viking life and culture. 

For the Level 2 and 3 hairdressing students, working in the pop-up salon will provide valuable additional work experience to complement their learning on the course. 

It is also a great opportunity for the students to work alongside the museum’s staff and experience being part of a popular attraction which is expected to draw thousands of visitors.

Hairdressing lecturer Kerry Pike said:

“Plaits are quite popular at the moment, and we know lots of visitors are expected at the Legend! exhibition, so we’re expecting the students’ pop-up salon to be very busy.  This is a great opportunity for the students to put their hairdressing skills into practice, as well as developing employability skills such as working to a tight schedule, liaising with the events staff at Norwich Castle, and communicating with members of the public.”  

The museum’s events programme, Legend! will run throughout the school holidays until September 2019.  Visitors will have the chance to create their own Viking travel chart and helmet, become the Legend in the museum’s Viking selfie station, as well as enjoying tours, Viking objects and drama performances.

For more information on the Legend! programme, or the Viking: Rediscover the Legend exhibition, visit

Side image courtesy of Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery.