EDC Nails The Competition!

East Durham College were delighted with their exceptional performance in the recent AHT (Association of Hairdressing Teachers) National Finals, held in Blackpool. Following a great performance at the north east regional qualifiers, the College had 16 students competing against over 50 other colleges from across England, Scotland and Wales.

Sarah Jane Armstrong beat all comers to win first place in the Nail Art Category with Katherine Cartwright as model. Sarah wowed the judges with her freestyle approach, using her natural artistic skill to create a truly unique look, rather than relying on off the shelf products. Sarah, in her second year on a Level 3 beauty course said, ‘I was absolutely thrilled to win and glad the gamble to use a freehand approach paid off.’ 

Not to be out done, the boys also tasted success with William Lewis finishing in the top two for the second year running in the Mens Alternative Hair category – with Mark Smedley as model. 

The College Hair & Beauty teams regularly compete and achieve at regional and national competitions, the next event is for the 14-16 Increased Flexibility students competition being held at Kirkley Hall, Northumberland, at the end of April – watch this space! 

Success at the national competition has also results in an exciting new career move for student Sophie Turner, who came fourth in Nail Art, and has just landed a new job with Steiner Cruise Liners. She sets sail in November. 

East Durham College offers a wide range of full- and part-time courses in hairdressing and beauty therapy, including new nail courses, and is the only college in the north east to offer an NVQ in barbering up to Level 3.

The College also has strong links with TONI&GUY who run a number of master classes for salon owners and employees. For details on all types of courses please call 0191 518 2000. 

The stunning Hair and Beauty Salon, at the new Peterlee campus, is open to the public 9am till 9pm, Monday to Thursday and till 4pm on Friday. To make an appointment please call 0191 518 8300.