STYLISH students have scooped a national title.
Hair and beauty students at New College Durham won the prestigious National Champions title at the final of the Association of Hairdressers and Therapists competition.
Following on from their success at the regional heat, 15 talented youngsters gained their place at the finals in Blackpool and the winning history-themed team event, based on the war, was a show-stopper.
In just over an hour, students re-created the full look and then performed a two-minute contemporary dance showcase.
Trained by Heather Ferguson, the winning three stylists who impressed top judges to secure the coveted title were Beth Moralee, Elham Khalilzadeh and Christine Embleton, who together created fantasy hair and make-up with three dance models Nicola Scott, Jordanne Adamson and Amanda Waugh styled in the theme of Poppy Girl, News of the World and War Plane.
The costumes for the show were designed and made by Amy Forbister and the college’s creative student team.
Lindsay Deswert, hair lecturer at New College Durham, said: “We’re thrilled with the results and the students are still buzzing with excitement.
“It’s the first time the college has been placed first in the competition and we are delighted that all the students’ hard work and efforts have paid off.”
Leanne Willis, European hairdressing champion, who was at the final, said “This was the best team we have seen in years. The presentation and styling was flawless.”
Students from New College also won first place in the History Theme category and in the 14 years and over category with face painting.