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Talented young hair stylists created striking looks that wowed the judges in the annual Central Hairdressing Academy photographic hairdressing competition.

The Central Photographic Competition 2019 attracted a record number of entries with apprentices from across Essex, London and Hertfordshire submitting photographic entries to be considered by a panel of first round judges made up of super stylists Anne Veck and Gianni Scumaci alongside industry experts Jodie Withers, editor of Good Salon Guide and Nicky Pope, UK publisher for Tribute Magazine.

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Trying to select just 30 entrants to go through to the live final was a tough task and those chosen showed the true diversity and creativity of all the work produced. For the first time in several years, the live finals event was held at Wella in the fabulous London studio located in The Strand. As well as a superb theatre area which housed the catwalk shows, finalists had lots of prep rooms at their disposal, as well as the best tools and equipment to help recreate their looks.

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The competition

Choosing either an Avant Garde or a What’s Hot look, the finalists recreated not only the hair, but the make-up and clothes styling in readiness for a stunning series of catwalk shows which received a rapturous response from the packed audience. Kevin Day, Academy Principal at Alan d Hairdressing, was one of the live final judges and he described the work as ‘some of the best’ he had seen at any hair competition. He was especially impressed by the ambitious work produced by the youngest entrants into the Avant Garde category.


High praise was also given to two former Central learners, Tyler Peters and Lillie Sutton, who took to the stage to demonstrate barbering and styling skills that have led them to enjoy hugely successful careers. Tyler started his career training at Central Hairdressing Academy in London and now works at Ruffians Barbers in Shoreditch. Lillie, a former winner at the photographic competition, has spent time in London salons, Daniel Galvin and Hershesons and is now based at NOVO in Southend. We would like to say a huge thank you to the sponsors for our 2018 photographic competition: Wella, Good Salon Guide and Neal & Wolf.

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If you are considering a career in hairdressing, please do get in touch. We have hairdressing and barbering traineeships and apprenticeships, and work alongside some of the best salons in the South-East and Derby.

Call on: 0800 783 2901

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