Shauna Walsh from Crow Street Collective won gold in the Academy category at Wella XPOSURE last summer. Concept Hair caught up with Shauna at the Wella TrendVision UK & Ireland Final, where she worked backstage shadowing Robert Eaton, to find out a bit more about her.
Concept Hair: Hi Shauna, congratulations on winning the Wella XPOSURE competition! Tell us what it was like taking part.
Shauna Walsh: First of all we had to find a model and submit a photographic entry. I got put through to the regional heats in Edinburgh, then through to the final in London.
CH: Did you change models throughout the competition?
SW: I kept my model all the way through. There was the option to change your model and you could change your hairstyle as well, but I chose not to. I was quite happy with my model, the way she was, and it seemed to work.
CH: Where are you studying at the moment?
SW: I’m in the academy at Crow Street Collective. I’m into my second year now and am a colour technician.
CH: What inspired you to enter the Wella XPOSURE competition?
SW: The people I work with inspire me every day and they gave me the push to go forward with the competition. It’s good to see different sides to the industry.
CH: Who is your inspiration in the hair world?
SW: It’s my colleagues – the people I’m looking at every day. They are so great to work with. There’s also Sophia Hilton, who was actually the inspiration for my model.
CH: What does the future hold for you?
SW: I’d love to do Wella TrendVision some day. It’s so amazing and you get to see so many hairdressers at the top of their game.
CH: What’s it been like following Robert Eaton today?
SW: Amazing – I’ve been absolutely blown away. He’s been so nice and made me feel so welcome – his whole team did. I’ve never been to TrendVision before so it’s been amazing.
Online entries for XPOSURE 2020 close on Tuesday 18th February. Check out the new competition categories and the new format of the regional heats, where you can invite your friends and family to come and watch you on stage during the evening show. For more information go to www.wella.com/xposure