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A round up of The Mane Event: Central Hair Competition 2023

Central Hair Competition 2023 Winner Kaci Wood

The Central Hair Competition 2023 got off to a great start with 67 entries received in total. Entries were received from students throughout our Central Hairdressing Academy network with some great hair designs coming through; it’s no wonder why we won the Best Hair and Beauty Apprenticeship Provider Award at the 2023 AAC National Apprenticeship Awards😜

Central Hair Competition goes online

The Central Hair Competition is no new event. It has been around for years! Previously, the Central Hair Competition was an in-person event held at a venue where students would prepare their models with hair and makeup to then be judged by a board of panellists. The event culminated with several winners being announced in an award ceremony.

Sadly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the competition has not taken place for a few years. However, this year we’re back with a fresh new take on things. We’ve ditched the in-person event and award ceremony and taken the competition to Instagram!

How you can vote in the Central Hair Competition

Voting for the Central Hairdressing Competition 2023 was open for the month of June and followed strict rules including having to follow @centralhairdressing for their vote to be counted. We also carefully scrutinised each vote to make sure the accounts were legit.

We were thrilled to see the votes rolling in! and collectively all entries received well over 1000 likes.

Voting for the Central Hairdressing Competition 2023 was open for the month of June and followed strict  rules in regards to voting, which can be read below.

Voting Rules:

  • Votes are in the form of ‘likes’ and are counted for each entry.  

  • Voting closes at 12:00pm on 30/06/2023.

  • To cast a vote, the voter must follow @centralhairdressing on Instagram and ‘like’ the post. Only likes on photos posted on the Central Hair London Essex Instagram page are counted.

  • The look with the most verified likes wins.

Central Hair Competition 2023 Entries

Take a look at all of the phenomenal entries we received!

We want to take the time to thank each and every student who took their time to take part in the Central Hair Competition. You are the pioneers of our online adventures and hopefully will pave the way for many students to come! Thank you also to the tutors and assessors who oversaw the designs and encouraged students to take part. Let us continue to work together to make Central Hair Competition a great success!

Winner of the Central Hair Competition 2023:

Kaci Wood

Central Hair Competition 2023 Winner Kaci Wood
Central Hair Competition 2023 Winner Kaci Wood with Chairman Martin Kolton and tutor Emma Nugent

The race to the finish line was close, but there could only be one winner, and that was Kaci Wood @hair.bykacix  🥳

Kaci is a hair apprentice at Eden, Fairfield @edenfairfield and trains with us at our Central Herts and Beds site

She was greeted with £1000 💷 CASH by our director Martin Kolton MBE.

Congratulations again Kaci 💫

See the moment when Chairman Martin Kolton (MBE) visited Central Hairdressing Herts & Beds to tell Kaci she won and present her with a wad of cash!

I wanted to create and unique style that wasn't a traditional hair up, which gave the WOW FACTOR. With this creation I wanted to include three tiers to maximise the volume and height, and give a little edge with a braid. Using research I took inspiration from different images and put them together and added my own visions for the final design.

We are so pleased that we’ve been able to bring the Central Hair Competition back! It is one of our students favourite events to get involved with. We will be returning again next year! So watch this space!

Want to start a career in hair?

If you are interested in a career in hair, why not come and train with us? We have loads of apprenticeships and traineeships ready to start at excellent salons around the country. Give us a call today on 0800 783 2901 to find out about your options.

We have hair courses for all levels and needs. Starting from traineeships to level 2 and 3 apprenticeships. We offer courses to young people and adults alike. What’s more, when you are placed with one of our top salons for your hair apprenticeship, you will receive a monthly salary! That’s right, you get to earn whilst you learn!

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