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The colour of success

The colour of success  
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A hairdressing tutor and former student from Northumberland College have made it through to the regional heat of the prestigious Wella Trend Vision Competition after impressing top hairdressing professionals with their entries to the photographic heat.

College tutor and salon owner of House of Marley Hairdressing in Blyth, Jan Marley, and former hairdressing apprentice, Calum Hall, will compete in Edinburgh next month.

Jan's Urban Native theme secured her a place in the Colour Category, which is open to hairdressers of all ages and focuses on the best colour work.
The Urban Native theme combines stonewashed colours with frothy textures and was inspired by the concept of urban dwellers who are at home with technology but equally happy to switch off and enjoy their natural surroundings.

Jan interpreted this by transforming her models hair from golden blonde into a stonewashed rose pink falling onto soft cool brown coloured fringe area. The hair cut was shaped into strong lines with lots of texture leaving a natural undone look in line with the trend.

She said: "Competition work is a fantastic way to stay on top of the game with the latest colours and techniques in the industry which I can pass on to students at the college and members of the House of Marley hairdressing team.
"I'm thrilled that we both made it through to the regional heat especially knowing that our work was judged by a panel of leading industry experts including Nicky Clarke, Daniel Galvin and Darren Ambrose."

20-year-old Calum, who completed his Level 3 Apprenticeship last year and is now working as a full-time stylist in Jan's salon, is no stranger to competitions. He won gold two years running at the national Association of Hairdressers and Therapists at Blackpool when he was an apprentice.

This time Calum is through to the regional heat of the Young Talent Category, which was open to hairdressers aged 30 or under and focus on the best overall look.
Calum chose the Borderline Beauty theme which celebrates the quirky and unexpected, and is strongly influenced by architecture with hair set in deliberate contrast to the head.

At the regional competition, the two hairdressers will have to re-create their total looks on their model including clothes and make-up and carry out a 3 minute presentation on their trend and explain their inspiration behind the cut colour and style used.

In addition to the competitive element, the regional competition will give Jan and Calum the opportunity to be inspired by some of the most creative work in the country including the latest collections by Bruce Masefield and Edward Darley from Sassoon, Bruno Marc and Dan Spiller from Marc Antoni and Leonardo Rizzo and Sharon Cox from Sanrizz.
If successful at the regional final in Edinburgh Jan and Calum will compete at the UK and Ireland National final in October in London.

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