Hairdressing students achieve crowning glory in Cambridge Regional College competition

Drawing inspiration from Harry and Meghan’s recent, historic nuptials, Cambridge Regional College’s (CRC) 1st year hairdressing students have taken part in a ‘Royal Wedding’ themed competition.

With three elements to meet, including Technical, Signature and Show Stopper, the Level 2 Hairdressing apprentices had two hours to complete and produce a hairstyle incorporating plaits and twists using their own creative designs.

Models were required to wear clothing, make up and accessories that reflected the theme and each contestant created a mood board showing where they had taken their inspiration from. This is the first year that new standards in Apprenticeships have come into effect, meaning students are working to a higher level than ever before and are tested on creative cutting, dressing, colouring and setting.

The twenty apprentices taking part in the competition were supported by their respective employers and a judging panel that included CRC Head of Department of Service Industries Helen Hall, as well as guests Sarah Harpshorne (Senior Stylist) and Simon Taylor (Owner/Manager) from The Salon, Poets House, Ely.

Prizes won on the day included Wella hairdryers, straighteners and a brush set with products, all of which were donated by CRC, John Lesters of Downham Market, Simon Taylor of The Salon and Leah Moore of The Moore Hair Company.

The winner was declared as Maisie Faires, an apprentice from Molby’s St Neots, with Jade Coutts from Salon 262 in Cambridge the runner-up and Marissa Addison from Toppers in Ely rounding out the top three.

Tracy Gardiner, Hairdressing Trainer/Assessor at Cambridge Regional College, said, “Once again, all entries were of an exceptionally high standard, making it a hard-fought competition. All of the competitors should be very proud of the talent they have displayed.”

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