A FORMER accountant proved she was a cut above by winning a prestigious hairdressing award.
Marie Hewitt from Elton, who is an apprentice at Techniques salon, Ellesmere Port, beat off stiff competition from major salons across Liverpool to land top prize in Mode Training Ltd’s first year category.
The 36-year-old had been an accountant for 15 years when she decided to quit and enrol on a hairdressing course at West Cheshire College in September last year.
After getting the apprenticeship at the Regent Street salon she began a course at Mode, who hold an annual celebration of achievement for learners.
This year’s theme was ‘Hair around the World’ and required contestants to do 75% of the styling during the day and the remainder in front of judges at the awards night.
Marie’s winning design was ‘beach babe’ which involved styling the hair to include a wave, surf board and palm tree.
Her model was Jess Ball, sister of salon owner Kate.
Marie said: “As it’s region based I didn’t think for one minute I’d win it. We’re only a small salon from Ellesmere Port up against big salons from Liverpool where they always seem one step ahead of the fashion industry.
“The design was all about creating what you can with hair and going to extremes. To say I’m proud is an understatement, I’m ecstatic!”
She added: “Accountancy suppressed my personality. Now I can throw all my creativity into hairdressing. It brings the best out of me.
“This has proved there was something there all the time but it needed to be let out.”