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Hairdressing apprentices from Pembrokeshire College proved that they have what it takes to succeed in the multi-billion-pound hair and beauty industry following their success in the Concept Hair Apprentice of the Year regional heats.
A brand-new nationwide competition launched by Concept Hair Magazine, over 800 trainee hairdressers from across the UK had the opportunity to test their skills in six regional heats throughout January and February. The competitions were designed to celebrate the UK’s best hairdressing and barbering students as they aim to achieve national recognition at the beginning of their careers.
The live competitions gave apprentices the chance to show off their skills, creativity and flair across five distinct categories – styling, hair up, barbering, colouring and avant-garde. Category themes include Peaky Blinders, The Great Gatsby, prom hair and ‘fire and ice’.
Following some intense competition, College apprentice Lauren Hawkins secured first place in the Hair Up Level 2 category while Jamie-Lee Bartlett secured first in the Barbering Level 2 competition. Fellow apprentice, Suzy Copestake was runner-up in the Avant-garde competition. Prizes included goody bags and a variety of hair tools and training opportunities from the competition sponsors: L’Oréal, Cloud Nine, Wahl, Salons Direct, GE Betterton and the Fellowship for British Hairdressing.
Lauren and Jamie-Lee will now go forward to the Grand Final at the L’Oréal Professional Academy in London in March, where they will compete against the regional winners in their category in the hope of being named the first ever Concept Hair Apprentice of the Year.
Monica Teodoro, General Manager at L’Oréal, said: “With a brand heritage that spans over 100 years, we have continued to pioneer, support and shape the future of the hairdressing industry – and what better way than to focus on the next generation. We can’t wait to see what tomorrow’s hair professionals will bring.”
Ken Picton, President of the Fellowship for British Hairdressing, added: “We are looking forward to seeing some outstanding, emerging talent. Creativity is at the heart of everything that the Fellowship does. Seeing hairdressing through young people’s eyes is always inspirational and competitions like this show the population what this amazing industry has to offer.”