Hair and beauty students are regional champions

Students from New College Durham had amazing results at the regional competitions by taking home three first place prizes, and two second place prizes at the prestigious AHT (Association of Hairdressers and Therapists) regional competition at the Federation Brewery in Gateshead.

The students placed first across a range of categories including body art, cut and blow dry, make-up and the main competition Total Team Presentation.

The North East heat of the competition is co-ordinated by New College Durham’s Lead Practitioner in Hair and Beauty, and Regional AHT Chair, Lindsay Deswert.  She commented: “The competition is one of the highlights of the students’ calendars and something they work extremely hard towards all year. We are delighted that they came away with so many first places. Each year all the students who attend showcase their hair and beauty skills against 13 North East Colleges. The standard is extremely high and the students should be commended for all their hard work, time and effort that they put into the competition. This is a fantastic achievement.” 

All 10 medal winning students from New College Durhamwill represent the North East in the AHT national final, to be held at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on March 12th.  The gold winners include Taylor Hylton studying Level 3 media make-up; Mel Brown studying Level 3 part-time hairdressing; and (taking joint first place) Sophie Baird and Stacey Wrack both studying media make-up Level 3 who took silver medals in the face painting category.

Within the team event, the winners included Beth Gill, Samantha Twist, Rhiannon Brown, Chelsea Chrone and Teone Phillips, Melanie Corner. The team total look is one of the main competitions and it is an honour for New College Durham to win this prestigious award this year.

The students faced tough competition from 12 other North East colleges, which included:  Middleborough, JAZ Training, Sunderland, East Durham, Academy Malton, Redcar, York, Northumberland, Hartlepool, Derwentside and Bishop Auckland.

Lindsay continues: “We’re very much looking forward to now competing in the national final and representing the North East. The experience that our students gain from competing regionally and nationally is something unique. It’s a fantastic development opportunity that gives our students real confidence and enhance their employability skills.”

Second year music students from New College Durham entertained the audience while the competition was taking place who were a fantastic addition to the day.