Hairdressers cut above the rest

A group of hairdressing students from Northumberland College have secured their place in the national final of the Association of Hairdressers and therapists UK Trainee Competition.

The future hairdressers sailed through the North East heat and four out the top five places of the Level 3 Skills Colour Challenge were won by Advanced Hairdressing Apprentices Kim Clark (first), Brodie Jacques (third), Georgia Sankey (fourth) and Kate Robson (fifth).

Twenty-two-year-old Kim Clark, from Widdrington works at Neish hairdressing in Ashington. Her manager Michelle Neison said: “I’m very proud of Kim’s achievement in the regional competition and I wish her all the best for the final in Blackpool.

“The structured training programme of a hairdressing apprenticeship is ideal as it gives students time to learn both the theory and the practical skills needed to be a successful hairdresser.”

Kate, 19 and from Pegswood, works at House of Marley in Blyth, came second in the ladies cut and blow dry competition and is be hoping to be as successful as her colleague Calum Hall, who won gold in the national competition in 2013.

Calum has since completed his Apprenticeship and is now working as a full-time stylist at the salon.

First and second place of the ladies blow dry were awarded to college students Kayleigh Oxley and Skye Morgan, respectively. Courtney Turner was third in the Ladies Avant Garde round.

Denise Dunn, Head of Faculty at Northumberland College said: “I’m so proud of the students’ achievements and of their tutors whose expert tuition has helped them to get to where they are. They kept calm under pressure and produced some fantastic hair styles. They have done incredibly well to gain a place in the national final and I hope their talents are recognised in Blackpool.