BARBERING students from a Durham college snipped their way to national awards.
A small team from the barbering department at East Durham College picked up the accolades at a prestigious competition.
Lecturer Alison Scattergood travelled to the Celtic Manor Resort, in Wales, for the Barber Connect 2014 event, along with students Orianne Million and Maxine Walker.
Orianne, 18 and Maxine, 26, had beaten off competition from hundreds of other entries from over 80 other colleges around the country to make the finals, where they competed in the final 10 of their respective competition categories.
Orianne pushed herself that one step further making the top three in the trends category, bringing home a trophy and £200 worth of products.
The event also saw lecturer Alison Scattergood recognised for her hard work with when the Men’s Hairdressing Federation promoted her from the gold to platinum certificate.
Orianne said: “The whole weekend was great. We had a brilliant time networking with other people in the industry, and met some very high profile people from the barbering world who were happy to talk to us and offer us some advice on our future careers.
“To finish third in the competition was also a massive achievement for me and really topped off a fantastic weekend.”
Maxine added: “Barber Connect was a brilliant event.
“To have the opportunity to meet so many fascinating people, with a wealth of experience in barbering, was a real inspiration.”
Lecturer Alison said: “It was a brilliant weekend and great to be part of it.
“The girls did fantastic in the competitions and the weekend gave them a great opportunity to meet and get tips from some huge names in the barbering world such as Simon Shaw.
“On a personal level, it was a huge honour to be awarded the platinum certificate for my work with the college.”