Young stylists show art of hair­dress­ing

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Award For Olympic Hero - by Mike Ben­nett mben­nett@thek­m­group.co.uk

MORE than 60 stylists of the fu­ture took part in the Ash­ford­based Hair Academy’s sixth an­nual ap­pren­tice hair­dress­ing com­pe­ti­tion at Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel.

The theeme was Mod­ern Art and com­peti­tors rang­ing in age from 15 to 25 had just one hour to pre­pare, but showed off their skills by cre­at­ing some out­stand­ing work for the cat­walk show watched by 400 guests.

Judges for the five cat­e­gories in­cluded Jacky Jones from City & Guilds and Hay­ley Martin from L’Oreal Pro­fes­sional.

Win­ners came from hair sa­lons through­out Kent and judges re­marked on how high the over­all stan­dard was.

This year’s event saw the launch of a new cat­e­gory for diploma stu­dents and in­cluded their first young ap­pren­tice­ship en­trant, Jemma Roberts from Pent Val­ley School, Folke­stone, who has just started her sec­ond year with the Academy study­ing for a Level 2 Diploma in hair­dress­ing.

She is one of a group of teenage stu­dents who at­tend the Hair Academy and a work ex­pe­ri­ence sa­lon for one day a week, while still at school.

The an­nual com­pe­ti­tion gives all ages and lev­els a chance to ex­press the skills they have learnt.

The Academy, based in stu­dios in The Church­yard in Ash­ford, pro­vides hair­dress­ing train­ing in NVQ L2 & L3 as well as be­spoke cour­ses for stylists.

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