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Concept Hair launches national student competition

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Concept Hair is launching a nationwide search for the UK’s best apprentice hairdresser.


We’re excited to bring you the first ever Concept Hair Apprentice of the Year competition – a celebration of the UK’s very best hairdressing and barbering students.


Why enter? It’s a money-can’t-buy opportunity to meet amazing brand ambassadors and see exciting product demos. Not only that, there are incredible prizes up for grabs as well as the chance to make a name for yourself right at the beginning of your career.


A series of live competitions will give you the chance to show off your skills, creativity and flair across five distinct categories – styling, hair up, barbering, colouring and avant garde.



When and where


Six regional heats will take place throughout January and February at colleges throughout England and Wales. The winners of each category will go on to compete at the Grand Final, which takes place at the L’Oréal Professionnel Academy in London in March.


Celia Matthews, Managing Director of Concept Hair Magazine, said: “We are so excited to launch the Concept Hair Apprentice of the Year competition. We can’t wait to see what looks the competitors will come up with – it’s going to be fabulous!”


Some of the biggest names in the industry are sponsoring the competition – L’Oréal, Cloud Nine, Wahl and the Fellowship for British Hairdressing.


What the sponsors say…


Monica Teodoro, General Manager at L’Oréal, said: “With a brand heritage that spans over 100 years, we have continued to pioneer, support and shape the future of the hairdressing industry – and what better way than to focus on the next generation. We can’t wait to see what tomorrow’s hair professionals will bring.”



Jessica Wilkhu, Head of Brand & Marketing at Cloud Nine, said: “We’re incredibly proud to be partnering with Concept Hair to create a platform that supports and showcases the next generation of talented hairdressing professionals. Their fresh perspective will shape the future of the industry, and we’re so excited to see their creations during the competition.”


Simon Shaw, Global Artistic Director at Wahl, said: “Education is a huge part of our global brand and we always aim to support the next generation. During the competition, we will be looking to see students who show strong foundational shapes, with a modern edge and strong finishes. I can’t wait to see what the competition brings.”


Ken Picton, President of the Fellowship for British Hairdressing, said: “We are looking forward to seeing some outstanding, emerging talent. Creativity is at the heart of everything that the Fellowship does. Seeing hairdressing through young people’s eyes is always inspirational and competitions like this show the population what this amazing industry has to offer.”


For more information or to enter the competition, head over to the Concept Hair events page.


Get involved on social media – search for Concept Hair Magazine and use the hashtag #ConceptHairAOY2020

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