Calum has a good hair day at awards

Calum Hall, his model Sophie Sim and tutor Jan'Marley.
Calum Hall, his model Sophie Sim and tutor Jan'Marley.

A TOP hairdressing apprentice has proved to be a cut above to claim a national title for the second year running.

Nineteen-year-old Calum Hall brushed the competition aside to win gold in the Level 3 Skills section of the Association of Hairdressers and Therapists Awards in Blackpool.

The apprentice, who works at Morpeth salon Hair@Aftershock, carried on his success from last year’s contest when he won the Level 2 Ladies Commercial Cut and Blow Dry class.

This year the Northumberland College student had to colour, cut and blow dry a daytime style, before curling and backcombing an evening style within an allotted time.

He said: “The competitions have given me the opportunity to practice my skills and come up with new and unique styles and they motivate me to work to the best of my ability.

“I would encourage any trainee hairdresser to enter competitions as it looks great on your CV and it’s a huge confidence boost.”

Calum won £100 cash, Wella products, a trophy, certificate and badge.

Tutor and salon owner Jan Marley said: “It was a real achievement for Calum to win last year, but to win two years running is just incredible. He’s got a bright future ahead of him.”

Calum, who lives in Ashington and is studying an Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 in Hairdressing, won a place in the awards finals after sailing through the North East heat in Gateshead, where he took first place in the Ladies Cut and Blow Dry and the Level 3 Skills challenge.

For details of hairdressing apprenticeships at Northumberland College visit www.northumberland.ac.uk