Young stylists showcased their talents when they took part in a competition to prove they have what it takes to cut it in the hairdressing business.
Around 30 students studying for a Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) competed in the challenge.
Each of the participants had an hour and 30 minutes to produce a style from a mood board they had previously created to reflect the finished look.
The themes for their inspirational styles included Victorian, the 1940s, steam punk, bridal, rock chick, catwalk, modern African woman and Valentine’s Day.
Friends and other students volunteered to be models on the day, who also wore glamorous outfits and make-up applied by the stylists to complete the different looks.
First, second and third prizes and another prize for the best mood board containing a total of more than £200 of hair styling equipment donated by Chris & Sons hair salon in Enfield were awarded.
Jennifer Asiedu, 33, who scooped the top prize for her modern African woman style, said: “I am shocked and absolutely speechless. It feels amazing to have won.
“My background is African and I wanted to show that it is now a much more modern place with clothes and hair styles, and I was pleased with the way it turned out.”
Her friend Gina Bonsu, who modelled the style, said: “I think it’s absolutely lovely. It’s exactly what she was trying to do. I’m going to keep it for a while.”
Second place was awarded to Ruzha Angelova, 33, with Kamilakhan Zhuraeva, 33, in third, and the prize for the best mood board went to Suzana Hysa, 29.
Kamilakhan, who created a 1940s style, said: “During wartime it was hard for women but they still looked very glamorous. I wanted to create that kind of style and keep it versatile so it could be worn if you were going out for the evening or worked down.”
The competition was judged by Yvonne Stevens, from Chris & Sons, industry expert and former CONEL tutor Lynn Bayford and current hairdressing tutor and experienced stylist Jayne Giroud.
Speaking on behalf of all the judges, Lynn said: “All of us were unanimous in our top three in the same order. Jennifer’s winning style had lots twists and braids and very well balanced, which made for a great overall look.”
The top three stylists will now compete against colleges from across London in a competition run by Chris & Sons, with the chance to win a two-day masterclass with top stylist Patrick Cameron.
- Last Updated: 09 April 2018