James McNicholas


Contemplative Soul, Design Enthusiast, Expert in Dry Humour.

A specialist in barbering and cutting, but also a qualified and experienced women’s stylist and makeup artist, I am dedicated to providing students with a blend of both traditional and modern training and techniques, including drawing on my past experience in shops and salons in Doncaster, Hull, Sheffield and Manchester. I am still working freelance, trading under James Jewel Design and I have made recent connections with The Great British Barber Bash & Barber Club. My department also works closely with other industry giants to ensure that Printworks students get high-quality, practical experience. But, most importantly, I enjoy motivating and inspiring students by demonstrating, discussing and helping students find effective techniques used in industry, helping students to connect college with employability and real-life experience.

I love what I do, both as a barber/stylist/mua and as a teacher. My hope is always that my students develop a real passion for barbering and hair and beauty, and enjoy discovering their specialisms. I believe strongly that a balance between creativity, discipline and enjoyment are key to getting the most out of our time together as staff and students in this exciting and fulfilling vocational department!

Leeds City College