Barbering Students Shine In Blackpool

Sun, 2000-11-12 00:00

Three college students were over the moon to pick up medals at a prestigious national hairdressing competition.

The students from East Durham College were part of a 40 strong team from the college that took part in the Annual AHT (The Association of Hairdressers and Therapists) National Finals, held at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on Sunday 13th and Monday 14th March 2011.

The students competed in a range of completion categories against hundreds of other students from over 50 colleges across England, Scotland and Wales.

Harriet O’Donoghue, aged 18 from Sunderland, was just piped to first place finishing second in the Creative Pattern and Design in Hair for Barbering Level 3.

Harriet who has attended the College for two years and works at The Mens Room in Sunderland was taking part in her first ever completion.

“I was so nervous, there were hundreds of people watching and I was really having to concentrate to stop my hands shake. I was creating my design freehand with clippers so it was pretty scary.

“I was really happy when I found out I won silver, I’ve never won anything before in my life,” she said.

Melinda Sample, aged 37 from Ludworth in East Durham, came third in the same competition. Melinda, who runs Heads N Beds in Wheatley Hill, added: “We both had to start off holding the clippers with two hands it was really intense, but it was a great experience and lovely to get a medal.

Ken Ball completed the trio of medals, finishing third and getting the bronze in the Gents Avant-garde (Level 2) category. Ken, who is a District Commander with the County Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue Service recently won gold at the regional heats in Gateshead.

“It was a really high standard and any amazing event to be a part of, there were over 2000 people there, I was delighted for myself and the college to win a medal.

Hairdressing Lecturer Julie Williams added: “It was the first time Ken had worked on such a challenging and creative style, using lots of techniques he never taken on before, he did fab!”

Simon Smith, Curriculum Leader for Hair & Beauty, was delighted with the team’s performance: “The fact we managed to win three medals at these highly competitive finals is a testament to the extraordinary hard work of the students and staff.

“I’m over the moon with the way the whole team performed, they were bouncing with excitement on the coach home,” he added.