TyneMet’s Level 3 Hair and Beauty students showcased their creative prowess against local colleges in the regional heats of the Association of Hairdressers and Therapists competition, which was held at the Federation Brewery in Gateshead.  Students took their place to create and style a series of looks including up-dos and art deco inspired nails – wowing judges with their professional demure and artistic flair.

Three students from TyneMet came away with 3rd place positions – all winning a place in the regional finals which will be held in Blackpool in March.  Impressing judges with a ladies cut and blow dry, Tom Angus, who is studying a Level 3 in Hairdressing, said: “Entering the competition is an excellent way of improving your skills in a very professional environment – there were lots of big names in the industry to impress and I’m really glad I went for it! My tutors had to persuade me to enter but I’m so pleased that they believed in me  - it’s given me confidence in my ability and getting up on the stage to recieve my award  was a really proud moment – I can’t wait for the nationals.   When I complete the course, I’ll be looking for employment opportunities and this is a great way of building my portfolio and experience.”

The students will go on to represent TyneMet in the nationals. Michelle Chambers, Hairdressing tutor said: “This is the first time that TyneMet have entered the competition and we’re delighted to be working towards the nationals - the students have done an excellent job. This is a brilliant opportunity to demonstrate the skills achieved during the course by putting them into practice”.

Creating a Ladies Evening style, Sarah- Louise Fish said: “The competition is a great way of standing up and getting noticed in the industry, I’m very career orientated and knew I needed to grab the opportunity with both hands. I love working with hair and creating new styles. I definitely think I was a mix of adrenalin and nerves on the day – the atmosphere was intense but exciting – you could tell everyone wanted to do well.  I’m really looking forward to the nationals and also very proud that I will be starting in employment with a local salon, I can’t wait to put what I’ve learnt at TyneMet into practice.”

The students perfect and harness their skills in the College’s commercial salon, the Retreat Hair and Beauty Salon – where trainee Hairdressers and Beauty Therapists are fully supervised, preparing them for employment opportunities.

In the nail art category, Sarah-Jane Walker, who is studying a Level 3 Nails course, said: “I’ve always been creative and really think about the nail as a canvas. The theme for my category was abstract art.  I was nervous on the day but had to get the nerves in order – the paint and polish was freehand so there was no room for error! The competition has helped prepare me for the workforce as you have to work within time constraints and under pressure. Studying at TyneMet has really developed my creative eye by exploring different designs and techniques – I’m now looking at my options and feel confident in my skills.”

If you have been inspired by our students and love the idea of working in the Hair and Beauty industry we have an exciting range of courses for you to choose from. To find out more visit: www.tynemet.ac.uk