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Hairdressing students amongst best in the country

Hairdressing students amongst best in the country  
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Three Northumberland College students are celebrating after being placed second in the country at the national AHT hairdressing competition.

The students, who took part in competitions showcasing a particular element of their hairdressing skills from cutting and blow drying, blow drying and styling, travelled to Blackpool for the competition.

Kate Robson, 19 from Pegswood, an advanced apprentice that works at House of Marley Hairdressing in Blyth, was awarded second place in ladies cut and blow dry competition.

Level 2 student Kayleigh Oxley, 20 from Widdrington, won silver in the ladies blow wave competition.

Representing the college's Hexham Centre was Melissa Howdon whose skills in ladies evening styles gained her second place.

Kim Clark, 22 from Widdrington, an advanced apprentice who works at Neish hairdressing in Ashington was third in the advanced skills challenge.

The students secured their place in the national final after sailing through the North East Area heat, which was held at the Federation Brewery in Gateshead last month.

Dawn Eastham, Programme Area Leader for Hairdressing at the college said: "I am so proud of our students' achievements; they did so well to be placed second out of all the competitors from across the country.

"We encourage our students to enter competitions like this one as it provides the opportunity to get creative with new and unique styles. And it looks great on their CV which will help when entering the world of work."

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.

Apprenticeships are a great way to develop practical skills on the job whilst earning. Northumberland College offers a range of hairdressing courses and Apprenticeships from its centres in Ashington, Hexham and Berwick.