Students Prove They Can Cut It In A Spectacular Competition

Hair and beauty students from South Cheshire College were a cut above when they went head-to-head in an eye-catching competition.

South Cheshire CollegeStudents from South Cheshire College’s Creative and Service Industries faculty showcased their hairdressing and make-up skills in the spectacular event on Monday 27th January.

The competition, which was judged by some of the best local hair stylists in the business, challenged students to showcase their skills in the College’s Centre Stage Theatre.

This year there were a series of different competition categories which produced some amazing results.

There were two Level Three hairdressing competitions based on a music theme, make-up students let their creative juices flow in a 1950s themed make-up competition while a body art competition based on the theme of artists also took place.

The Level 3 hairdressing competitions were won by Paige O’Neill for her Rapunzel creation and Anna Mekelova for her ‘Dancing Queen’ style.

There was double success for Anna who was crowned the overall Creative Award winner on the night for her stunning work.

Meanwhile, Harriet Dale won the Body Art competition for her ‘pop-art’ creation while Samantha Dugdale scooped first prize in the 1950s make-up category.

Harriet Dale, 23, said:
“I’m really shocked to win the Body Art competition but I’m thrilled at the same time.”

The event was supported and judged by employers from hair salons in Cheshire, many of which provide students with work experience or full-time employment when they finish their hair courses.

Students learn all the vital hairdressing and beauty skills which equip them for the workplace in the Elements salons at South Cheshire College’s impressive campus.

Tracy Dony, Hair and Beauty Technician at South Cheshire College and one of the event organisers, was delighted with the success of the event.

Tracy said:
“Once again, the competition was a fantastic opportunity for students to demonstrate their skills in front of potential employers and give them experience of working under pressure.
Every year the event gets better and better and there were many exceptional entries again this year.”

Ten successful hairdressing students will now go forward to the national finals at Winter Gardens in Blackpool on March 17th.

Meanwhile, seven students (four Make-Up Artistry and three beauty students) will compete in the North West Area finals in Blackpool on February 3rd.

For further information about hair and beauty courses at South Cheshire College please call 01270 654624 or visit