Catwalk show is top of the crops

Published: 22nd June 2016

Published by City College Southampton

The air was thick with hairspray last week (Wednesday 15th June) as the future Toni and Guys showcased their vision at the City College annual hairdressing end of year awards and catwalk show. From zombie princesses to mad hatters, the hairdressing students each styled their models in creative looks, following the show’s fairytale theme.

After the catwalk show, a judging panel chose the most impressive styles and named Kate Radwell, first year student, as top of the crops. Louisa Halliwell, third year student, took second place, and Sally Peckham, second year student, was third.

The judging panel:

  • Paul Tonner: owner of Pride of South Barbers
  • Dean Constable: owner of Affricardos Barbering
  • Dawn Atkins: owner of Talking Heads Salons
  • Nick Martin: director from Trevor Mitchell
  • Rebecca Murray: learning manager at City College
  • Sarah Bennett: director of learning at City College

Rebecca Murray, learning manager for City College’s hairdressing courses, said: “The level of talent this year has just been fantastic. These young people are bursting with enthusiasm and creativity and it really shows in the looks they’ve produced today. I have no doubt they’ll go on to have very successful careers.”

The event also recognised the best performing students from each hairdressing course at City College. The students were rewarded for their hard work, determination and passion for the industry, with many having already secured jobs in salons in the local area.

Among them was apprentice of the year, level three barber Harry Wallen, who has reached the top four finalists at Barber Connect’s national competition. The winner will be announced at an event in Cardiff later this month (26-27 June).

Julie Burrows, senior teacher of hairdressing and barbering, said: “All students and staff enjoyed the evening of entertainment and celebrating yet another successful year of budding hair stylists and beauty therapists.”