Students succeed at national finals

Northumberland College finalists, models and tutors who competed in this years Association of Hairdressers and Therapists competition. Picture by Trevor Walker.
Northumberland College finalists, models and tutors who competed in this years Association of Hairdressers and Therapists competition. Picture by Trevor Walker.

Northumberland College’s success at this year’s Association of Hairdressers and Therapists national finals included awards for students from Ashington and Morpeth.

The competition, which aims to recognise and reward exceptional skills and achievements of trainee hairdressers and therapists, saw finalists from more than 50 colleges across the UK come together at the prestigious Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

There were great performances from county residents in various categories, including level two hairdressing student Natalie Lashley, from Ashington.

The 29-year-old secured an impressive first place award in the finals for her ladies evening look entry, which included styling her model’s hair into an elegant chignon with ornamentation, make-up and an evening dress.

A first place was also achieved by Jade Gibbs, of Morpeth, in commercial nail art – the 28-year-old is a level three diploma nail technology student. Second in the same category was her classmate, 29-year-old Rebecca Hunter.

There were third and fourth place awards for students from the college in the fantasy look contest.

In addition, level three students Chelsea Watson, 17, from Morpeth, came third in the gender transformation category and Stephanie Watson, 16, from Cramlington, came second in the body painting section in the regional heats at Gateshead in February to secure places in the national finals and they both gained excellent experience from the competition.