TWO hairdressing students were a cut above their competitors at a national event.
Modern apprentices Calum Hall and Kate Robson, who work at Hair @ Aftershock in Morpeth, had won through a regional qualifier to take part in the final and they kept calm under pressure to create a winning style within their time limit.
Kate, who lives in Pegswood, was successful in the ‘blow dry suitable for everyday’ contest after styling an asymmetrical bob using blow drying alone. This round was only open to students in their first year of training.
The ‘ladies commercial cut and blow dry’ title went to second-year student Calum from Ashington.
The 18-year-old had 45 minutes to produce a style of his choice on a female model and he used a range of cutting techniques to emphasise the bright copper red colour of her hair.
The competition, which was organised by the Association of Hairdressers and Therapists and held at Blackpool Winter Garden’s Hair Festival, saw many entries from across the country.
Sophie Simm, who also works at the Morpeth salon, made her mark at the event by finishing an excellent fifth in the blow dry section.
Kate, 17, and Calum received £100 each, along with a certificate and badge.
Tutor Jan Marley, who part-owns Hair @ Aftershock with Alan and Alison Hogg, said: “It was a real achievement for our students to get through to the final so for Calum and Kate to win is just incredible and I’m so proud of them.
“I’m so happy that our students’ hard work, creativity and talents have been recognised at a national level. They really deserve this success.”
The trio began their bid for glory with top-three finishes at the North East Area heat, which was held at the Federation Brewery in Gateshead. Calum had a perfect record as he also won his regional contest.
As part of their apprenticeship, they get lessons at Northumberland College from expert Rachel Pollicino.
Mrs Hogg said: “All three have achieved a lot in their short time here. They are excellent students who are willing to learn and they have shown great promise in their work.
“It was their first hairdressing competition so they were a bit nervous, but their success in the regional event gave them confidence for the national final.
“They are keen to take part in more contests and hopefully these awards will be the first of many for them.”