VTCT’s Apprenticeship Business Development Manager Jacqui McIntosh will be among the judges for the first-ever Concept Hair Apprentice of the Year final next month.
Hundreds of budding hairdressers and barbers took part in six regional heats across England and Wales in January and February, before the lockdown caused the final to be postponed. Now, the final is going virtual, with finalists set to compete in a new format.
Concept Hair Magazine are keen to recognise all of the competitors’ hard work and crown the winners in the first year of the competition. The format of the competition has been adapted for this year’s final, with safety in mind. The 45 finalists will now complete their hair work at home, work or college – rather than taking part in a live final as originally planned.
The finalists will submit before and after photos of their model’s hair, an unedited video and a vision board
Joining Jacqui on the panel of expert judges will be celebrity hairdresser Andrew Barton, Fellowship for British Hairdressing Chancellor Ashleigh Hodges and Wahl Global Artistic Director Simon
Shaw. The winners will be announced on Instagram on Monday 5th October.
There are five categories split into eight competitions based on the competitors’ qualification levels:
- 1920s themed Styling Level 1 and Level 2
- Prom-themed Hair Up Level 2 and Level 3
- Peaky Blinders vs. The Great Gatsby-themed Barbering Level 2 and Level 3
- Avant-garde, themed on Fire and Ice.
A winner will be chosen for each of the eight categories and one talented finalist will be crowned as the overall Concept Hair Apprentice of the Year.
In addition to the prestige and experience that comes with winning a national competition, there are incredible prizes up for grabs from competition sponsors L’Oréal Professionnel, Cloud Nine, Wahl, Bettertons, Salons Direct and the Fellowship for British Hairdressing.
The competitors taking part in the final are:
● Styling Level 1: Jessica Dodd ( City of Wolverhampton College), Niamh Thompson ( New College Durham), Rabia Khan Muhammad ( Nelson and Colne College), Lucia Cabello ( Bucks College
Group, Aylesbury Campus), Chloe Wheller ( Wiltshire College Chippenham), Soumia Byaz ( Coleg y Cymoedd)
● Styling Level 2: Kristina Jasinskaite (City of Wolverhampton College), Rayna Kovacheva (East Durham College), Chloe Day (Stockport College), Catherine Martin (Central Training Group),
Anne Marie Cole (Wiltshire College Trowbridge), Liam Howells (Coleg Sir Gar)
● Hair Up Level 2: Kundai Rose Pearl Musoko (City of Wolverhampton College), Samantha Twist (New College Durham), Leah Gibbons (Bury College), Catherine Burgess (Anne Veck Salons),
Jemma Skinner (Exeter College), Lauren Hawkins (Pembrokeshire College)
● Hair Up Level 3: Kathy Gentles (Sally Montague Hair Group), Adrienn Ani (Carlisle College), Lauren Hobbs (Shrewsbury Colleges Group), Riannah Morris (South Essex College), Christina
Keen (The Bournemouth and Poole College, Lansdowne Site), Rhiannon Fisher (Head Office Hair School)
● Barbering Level 2: Samuel Winson (Derby College Roundhouse), Dan Ogden (Barnsley College), Adam Moscicki (Bradford College), Lucas Bhatti (Bedford College), Jack Willis (Exeter College),
Jamie Bartlett (Pembrokeshire College)
● Barbering Level 3: Amir Razaie (Solihull College), William Rees (Kirklees College – Dewsbury), Zachary Clayton (West Suffolk College), Jordan Pugsley (Petroc – Mid Devon Campus), Ethan
Daniels (Educ8 Training)
● Colouring: Sally Heyes (Derby College), Neive Huntington (East Durham College), Ryan Mossop (Nelson and Colne College), Alice Baker (Greater Brighton Metropolitan College), Danielle Louise Bond (The Bournemouth and Poole College, Lansdowne Site), Liam Howells (Coleg Sir Gar)
● Avant-garde: Gita Mockune (City of Wolverhampton College), Ella Templeton (Carlisle College), Sion Husband (Coleg Menai), Jennifer Meadows (Bedford College), Christina Keen (The
Bournemouth and Poole College, Lansdowne Site), Natalie Jayne Lapton (Cardiff & Vale College, Cardiff Campus)
For more information, visit the Concept Hair Magazine website