Students make the cut at hairdressing competition

Elle Kaleziah and Lauren Moss
Elle Kaleziah and Lauren Moss
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HAIRDRESSING students made the cut at a prestigious competition.

Students from New College Durham won three first places out of 15 categories, at the regional heats of the National Association of Hairdressers and Therapists (AHT) competition.

Beth Todd, Rosie Jamison and Anna Pickering

Beth Todd, Rosie Jamison and Anna Pickering

The Framwellgate college students took the top prize for total team look, with Alanta Kellertt winning face painting and Elle Kaleziah winning evening look.

For the total team look, models had their hair, make-up and costume styled by their team mates and then performed a choreographed dance routine of two minutes.

Lecturer Heather Ferguson led the students who worked on the theme of nature, creating whole looks with the help of budding fashion designer Shaun Teasdale, 18, an art and design student at New College Durham.

“I am so very proud of the students’ success,” said Heather.

“They have committed to the project and worked relentlessly to hone their skills and create a fantastic winning competition entry.”

Shaun said: “It was a great challenge to work with Heather and her students, helping them realise their creative ideas.

“I loved learning about a different industry, one which I hope to work with in the future.

“It is the second year I have worked on the AHT project and was honoured to be asked to design again.”

The competition director and national chairman of AHT, Lindsay Deswert, is also a hair and beauty lecturer at New College Durham.

She said: “The standard of work was very high and all the students from each centre did exceptionally well, our students at New College Durham have made me very proud. I wish them all the best of luck at the national championship.”

The New College Durham team will now go on to compete at the finals in Blackpool Winter Gardens in March.

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