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Hairdressing student wins at national final for second year running

Hairdressing student wins at national final for second year running  
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Top hairdressing apprentice Calum Hall has proven he is a cut above his fellow students by winning gold at a national hairdressing competition at Blackpool for the second year running.

This year Calum who is studying the Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 in Hairdressing at Northumberland College won the Level 3 Skills heat, after winning the Level 2 ladies commercial cut and blow dry round last year.

Calum had to keep calm under pressure to colour, cut and blow dry a daytime style before curling and backcombing to create an evening style within the allocated time.

The 19-year-old from Ashington who works at Hair @ Aftershock in Morpeth, said: "The competitions have given me the opportunity to practice my skills and come up with new and unique styles and they motivate me to work to the best of my ability.

"I would encourage any trainee hairdresser to enter competitions as it looks great on your CV and it's a huge confidence boost."

Calum walked away from the competition with £100, Wella products, a trophy, a certificate and a badge.

Tutor and salon owner Jan Marley said: "It was a real achievement for Calum to win last year but to win two years running is just incredible. He's got a bright future ahead of him."

The competition, which was organised by the Association of Hairdressers and Therapists and held at Blackpool Winter Garden's Hair Festival, saw entries from professionals and students from across the country.

Calum sailed through the North East area heat, which was held at the Federation Brewery in Gateshead. Calum was awarded first place in both the ladies cut and blow dry competition and the Level 3 Skills Challenge.

Anyone interested in hairdressing or Apprenticeship courses should visit www.northumberland.ac.uk