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Talented trio head to Winter Gardens for national hair and beauty contest

Three talented hair and beauty students are heading to Blackpool’s iconic Winter Gardens after proving they could cut it at a regional competition.

The trio from Bishop Auckland College will take on the best in the country at the Association of Hairdressers and Therapists national finals on March 15-16 in Lancashire. 

They secured their places after being named finalists in the North East regional heats held at The Federation Brewery in Gateshead, where students from colleges across the region took part in 21 individual competitions ranging from body painting to school prom make up to men’s barbering. 

Kayleigh Dagga, 19 from Ferryhill, a Level 2 Hairdressing student, won the Ladies Evening Style competition with her model Ella Lee, 17 from Sedgefield.

Stacey Holbird

Stacey Holbird, from Shildon, a Level 3 Beauty Therapy adult learner, won the Commercial Nail Art class while Level 2 Beauty Therapy student Georgia-Lee Jardine, 17 from Shildon, secured a runner -up place at the finals in the Period 1980s Make-Up category. 

Next month’s annual finals will see dozens of winners from the eight regional heats held across England, Scotland and Wales in Aberdare, Aberdeen, Blackpool, Edinburgh, Lincolnshire and Surrey compete for the national titles. 

Geraldine Metcalf, area manager for hairdressing and beauty therapy at Bishop Auckland College, was delighted at the ladies’ success.

She said: “This is always a fiercely contested competition with hundreds of trainee hairdressers, barbers and beauty therapists vying against each other for a coveted finalist place at the Winter Gardens. So it was fantastic to have three finalists rewarded for all their hard work and we wish them well next month.”

Pictured are: Stacey Holbird with her winning nail art.

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