A BUDDING barber proved she was a cut above the rest in a student and apprentice competition.
Lauren Askew was crowned the winner of the barbering level two of the Concept Hair Magazine’s Learner of the Year awards.
The Solihull College and University Centre student was one of ten chosen from 48 shortlisted finalists across eight different categories.
The competition gives the next generation of hairdressers and barbers the chance to be recognised for their hard work and skills.
Learners, lecturers and industry giants attended the virtual event, which showcased this year’s top hairdressing students and their work.
The winners were determined by an expert panel of industry leading judges including Victoria Millar from L’Oreal Professionnel, Wahl’s Simon Shaw, award winning Stylists Casey Coleman and Lisa Farrall on behalf of Cloud 9 and Michelle Griffin from the Fellowship for British Hairdressing.
Zoë Tanner, Managing Director of Concept Hair Magazine, said that: “The competition is a celebration of the talent and tenacity of the next generation of hairdressing talent. It provides a great platform for student and apprentice hairdressers to showcase what
they can do and start creating a name for themselves early on in their careers”.
The event sponsors were L’Oréal Professionnel, Cloud Nine Hair, Wahl Professional, Bettertons, VTCT, and the Fellowship for British Hairdressing.