To celebrate the Hairdressing Council’s annual UK Student of the Year Awards 2011, two Bradford College Hairdressing tutors were invited to a celebratory event at the House of Commons.
Hairdressing tutors Linzi Ratcliffe and Melanie Wood attended a top class event on the Terrace at the House of Commons to celebrate their involvement in this year’s UK Student of the Year competition. The event was attended by world famous hair stylists Trevor Sorbie and Hairdressing Council Ambassador Andrew Barton. Also in attendance were Hairdressing Council supporters Austin Mitchell MP and David Morris MP, who was a hairdresser for 26 years until he decided to stand for Parliament.
The event held in late June was not only to celebrate the launch of the UK Student of the Year Awards but to raise the profile of The Hairdressing Council. The Hairdressing Council, whose current patron is Vidal Sassoon, campaigns for the State Registration of all UK Hairdressers to raise standards, making the industry self-regulated.
After the House of Commons event, Bradford College’s Hairdressing Department entered three students in the regional heats of The UK Student of the Year 2011 competition, hosted in Blackpool on 6th July. Chloe Bell and Kaprise Khan, both Level 2 Hairdressing students entered the ‘Long Hair Up’ category to create a ‘red carpet’ look and Paula Johnson, a Level 3 Hairdressing student, was entered in the ‘Cut and Blow Dry Innovative Style’ category, which was required to show a commercial emerging look. Level 2 student Chloe Bell was successful and has been put through to the finals of the UK Student of the Year Awards at the L’Oreal Studios in London on the 16th October. Paula secured second place in her category.
House of Commons attendee and Bradford College Hairdressing tutor Linzi Ratcliffe said: “The girls were fantastic, really enthusiastic and worked hard on developing and practising the styles, including colour, clothes, models, make up and finished looks. The girls as a team were excellent ambassadors for Bradford College. We felt both proud and privileged to have taken them and to secure one of our students in the final in London in our first competition was an absolute outstanding achievement.”