Winning Is Devine For Madina

Over 40 East Durham College Hair & Beauty students competed against hundreds of other students in the regional heat of the prestigious AHT’s (Association of Hairdressers and Therapists) Annual Competition 2010.

The highly competitive event took place on Sunday 28th February and Monday 1st March at the Federation Brewery in Gateshead.

An impressive performance by the East Durham College team saw them collect a number of awards, in what is the region’s largest hairdressing competition which is judged by a panel of experts from the hair and beauty industry.

Top honours went to Madina Devine (pictured above with her model Daniel Reeves, 18 from Shotton) who triumphed in the Gents Barbering Category. Madina, aged 27 from Peterlee, who is on a Level 2 NVQ in Barbering at the College, was thrilled to finish top of the class in her category, and said: “I was so excited to win, it was a real shock.

“I wanted to create a fashion cut that created a really different look and was so chuffed the judges liked it. I could not have done it without my model Daniel, he was fab. I’m now really nervous about competing at the nationals but really excited about it too.”

Paula Thomas, aged 34 from Peterlee, who is on a Level 2 NVQ in Beauty Therapy, came second in the Creative Face Painting Make-up Category which had its theme as Nature with some highly skilled free hand work.

Both students, along with a number of direct entries from the College, will now go on to complete against the cream of the UK’s up-and-coming talent, from over 50 colleges across England, Scotland and Wales, at the National Finals being held at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on Sunday 21st and Monday 22nd March.

Tracey Foster who’s on a Level 3 VRQ in Hairdressing finished a highly commendable fourth in the very demanding Level 3 Skills Challenge where students must create a day hair style and then convert it into an evening style.

Simon Smith, Curriculum Leader for Hair & Beauty, was delighted with the team’s performance, and said: “All our students performed magnificently. They showed great levels of professionalism and creativity.

“All the students really enjoyed the experience and the event is a great way for them to test their skills and creativity. Plus with all the trade stands and demos that take place they get to learn more about the latest developments in the industry."