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A nod of approval from Lee Stafford for College of West Anglia hairdressing student

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The leading UK competition by Concept Hair Magazine saw entries from hairdressing students and apprentices up and down the country.

The competition gives the next generation of hairdressers and barbers the chance to be recognised for their hard work and skills. Alongside the prestige of winning a UK competition for both student and college, the competition is completely free to enter with fantastic prizes to be won.

Danielle Hector 32, who studies at the College of West Anglia's Lynn campus, was announced in second place amongst hundreds of entries by hairdressing entrepreneur, Lee Stafford.

Ms Hector said:“I am over the moon with my competition success. I wasn’t expecting to get anywhere as there were so many outstanding entries. I am really proud of all that I’ve achieved.

I hope to finish my level two hairdressing qualification before completing level 3 and eventually moving into a position as a fully qualified stylist and colourist.”

Danielle’s design had to involve a Lee Stafford method. She used his curling method at the bottom of the design coupled with his signature victory rolls.

Charlotte Bywater, College of West Anglia Level 1 Hair and Beauty student, was also short-listed in the top 20 of Concept Hair Magazine’s Learner of the Year 2021 competition in the Styling level 1 category.

More than 1,000 hairdressing students and apprentices nationwide entered the competition, with 150 finalists, 48 short-listed finalists and 10 winners, selected from across 8 different categories.

For the finals she had to create a look with the theme Festival hair, accompanied by a vision board to show her influences.

Charlotte said: “I thought the competition was fun and it was great to have a new challenge.I have enjoyed seeing my look come to life and the results.”

Learners, lecturers and industry giants attended the virtual event, which showcased this year's top hairdressing students and their work.

Commenting on this year’s event, Matthew Batham, Editor of the Concept Hair Magazine, said that: “The last 12 months have presented us all with enormous challenges. The fact that the competition received such a huge number of entries to such a high standard pays testament to the passion and skills of hairdressing college students and apprentices across the UK. The future of hairdressing is in safe hands.”

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