Creativity On Display

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Date posted: 13 April 2011

Talented hair and beauty students were judged on their skills and creativity by industry professionals at Buxton College's recent hair and beauty showcase.

More than 40 Hairdressing NVQ Level 3 students were challenged to design and create an original 'avant-garde' hairstyle, working with NVQ Level 3 Beauty students to create a look suitable for fashion catwalk, photography and competitions.

Sheila Hughes, Lecturer in Hairdressing, said: "This event was an opportunity for students to demonstrate what they've learned over the last year; techniques such as hair extensions, setting and dressing, curling and using hair pads and pieces to create volume."

Professionals from the hairdressing industry including Gill Lomas from Blake's The Art of Hair in New Mills, and Kristian Wood from Hair by Kristian Wood in Ashbourne, judged the styles, along with the Head of Buxton College, Mary Blauciak, who said: "The event was fantastic. The students all worked incredibly hard to create some truly unique styles and should all be proud of what they achieved."

The winner was Chloe Meredith, aged 19, from Buxton, an apprentice at Buxton's Profile Hair Design. She was inspired by the musical 'Cats', and, using hair extensions, platting and hair pieces, created a dramatic style with plenty of height, and presence that obviously caught the judges attention.

Judge Gill Lomas said: "The winning style was very impressive, it was excellent. Chloe had put a lot of thought into how to use the techniques to create the style and it showed."

Chloe said: "I was really happy that the judges liked the style I created. I spent a lot of time thinking about how to achieve it, and pre-made lots of the aspects before the day, like the hair pieces and plaits.

"The show was a fantastic opportunity to do something that I wouldn't normally be asked to do in a salon, and to try lots of new techniques."

The finale of the event was a catwalk show held in Buxton College's iconic Dome, where the students, their family and friends and industry professionals watched as each of the creations had their moment in the spotlight.

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