FOLLOWING success at the Association of Hairdressers and Therapists North West competition, hairdressing students from West Cheshire College have won three awards at the national finals.
Michelle Nottingham, 36, from Chester, won second place in the Afro Caribbean category; Stephanie Cookson, 22, from Chester, was awarded fourth place in the Level 3 Skills Challenge; and Karen Morgan, 33, from Ellesmere Port, came sixth in the First Year Blow Wave.
The event, at the Blackpool Winter Gardens, saw the top three students from each of the regional categories compete to win cash prizes.
Hairdressing tutor Lesley Durham said: “This was a great end to a really successful year of competitions. All the girls did extremely well to place at nationals and we’re really proud of everyone who took part.
“We have some really talented students on the course who have gone from strength to strength, growing in confidence and adding some great awards to their portfolios.
“Competitions like these give the students the chance to show off their creativity and can catch the eyes of industry professionals, which only increases their chances of landing a great job.
“As a college we hope to keep building on our successes and supporting our students in gaining the recognition they deserve.”
More than 100 colleges took part in the regional events, with 24 students competing in each category at the final.
For information about courses in hairdressing or beauty therapy, call the college on 01244 670600.