Calum and Kate a cut above rest

The photograph shows Calum Hall, Tutor Jan Marley and Kate Robson with their certificates.
The photograph shows Calum Hall, Tutor Jan Marley and Kate Robson with their certificates.

TWO talented young stylists have proven they are a cut above the rest by winning awards in a national hairdressing competition.

Northumberland College apprentices Calum Hall and Kate Robson won their titles at an event in Blackpool.

Eighteen-year-old Calum, from Ashington, won the ‘ladies commercial cut and blow dry’ round, where he had 45 minutes to produce a style of his choice.

He used a range of techniques to emphasis the bright copper red colour of his model’s hair.

He said: “The national competition was a completely different experience compared to the regional heat. It was much bigger and more nerve-wracking.

“I thought I had done a good job but was still shocked when my name was called as the winner.”

Kate, 17, from Pegswood, won the ‘blow dry suitable for everyday’ competition by styling an asymmetrical bob using blow drying alone in a round only open to first year students.

The pair won £100 each, a certificate and a badge.

Calum and Kate both work as apprentice hairdressers at Hair @ Aftershock in Morpeth.

Tutor and salon owner Jan Marley 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 our students’ hard work, creativity and talents have been recognised ... they deserve it.”

The competition, organised by the Association of Hairdressers and Therapists and held at Blackpool Winter Garden’s Hair Festival, saw entries from professionals and students from across the country.

The Northumberland students came through the north east heat at the Federation Brewery in Gateshead last month, where they both won a medal.

Calum won first place in the ladies’ cut and blow dry competition and Kate came in third place in the ladies’ blow dry competition.