Nelson and Colne College has been celebrating the creativity, innovation and achievements of its talented students at its annual hairdressing competition, held at the Colne Municipal Hall.

The College has a long-standing tradition of expertise in the Hairdressing Industry, with a reputation for providing local salons with the next generation of top stylists. In addition to counting a large number of local salon owners as former students, the College also sees a number of students each year progress to the top salons in Manchester, Leeds and London – and can even count a number of globe trotters as former students! In addition, several students have progressed onto prestigious degree programmes training in Hair and Beauty for the film and television industry.

The Hairdressing Competition Evening is intended to showcase the talents of the College’s talented students, where each year, they must create a model to a set theme. Competition was fierce, with a wide array of skills displayed on the evening – bringing glitz and glamour to the Muni!

Head of Division for Hairdressing, Beauty and Hopsitality, Ann Flynn said, “ “The hairdressing competition evening is an annual event, and the standard just gets better and better! The creativity, imagination and talent that is showcased on the evening is extraordinary! Each competition category allows the students to interpret the theme and demonstrate their own unique creative flair. The Level 3 Hairdressing students also produced a hair show with an avant garde theme, which they choreographed. This was a real highlight of the evening.”

She went on to say “The hairdressing department has established a reputation for helping talented hairstylists to reach the very top in their profession, whether as a salon owner or manager, working as a top stylist on board cruise liners, and some even return to teach at College and pass on their skills and experience to others. The teaching team are all very proud of what their students have achieved at the competition event, and I am sure that all the students will have bright futures ahead of them in a fantastic industry where they can travel the world.”

Curriculum Leader for Haridressing at the College, Claire Pye agreed and said, ” “Standard of work on show demonstrated the hard work, motivation and commitment of the students of all levels. Many entered more than one competition and I am proud of the standard of work which was achieved. Many thanks to our various sponsors, local salons who supported the event and our industry judges. Not forgetting the very committed hairdressing tutors and staff.”

The evening was very well attended by friends and family of the competitors and potential students, who were keen to see what they might be learning in the future on a Hairdressing programme at the College.

Winners of the 2012 Annual Hairdressing Competitions were:

School Links Party Scene

1st Place – Hollie Dean

2nd Place – Petrycia Cedzynsvca

3rd Place – Amber Morris

Level 1 Evening Style

1st Place – Lauren Allen

Joint 2nd Place – Louise Atherton and Chloe Yates

Level 1 Men’s Street Wise Blow dry

1st Place – Chloe Hampson

2nd Place – Stephen Reynolds

3rd Place – Ashleigh Jackson

Commercial Day Style – 1st Year Work-Based Learners

1st Place – Stephen Reynolds

2nd Place – Lee Grover

3rd Place – Charlotte Stone

Commercial Day Style – Full-time

1st Place – Kia Craig

2nd Place – Alex Nuttall

3rd Place – Ellie Brennan

Level 2 Men’s Clipper Crazy

1st Place – Wazeem Aslam

2nd Place – Junaid Attique

Level 2 Cut and Blow Freestyle

1st Place – Haydn Farnworth

2nd Place – Kirby Ashton

3rd Place – Francesca Shackleton

Level 2 Avant Garde

1st Place – Roxanne Wilkinson

2nd Place – Kayleigh Wright

3rd Place – Stacey Hyatt

Level 3 Ladies Avant Garde

1st Place – Sam Vernon

2nd Place – Jade Windle

3rd Place – Danielle Wall