Edinburgh College students win 22 medals in national hairdressing competition

Edinburgh College students wowed the judges in a regional heat of the UK’s largest student hairdressing and beauty competition – scooping 22 medals.

Students from the capital city college won seven gold, nine silver and six bronze medals as they showcased their talents at the South of Scotland heat of the Association of Hairdressers and Therapists (AHT) competition, held at the College’s Granton Campus for the second year running.

Edinburgh College also won the Rose Bowl trophy, awarded to the college with the most medal wins in the heat, for the second consecutive year.

Each of the student winners and their models will now head to the AHT’s showpiece national competition held at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool later this year.

The event saw students from the College’s Granton and Milton Road campuses compete against peers from colleges across Scotland and Northern Ireland in a range of categories spanning the hairdressing, barbering and beauty disciplines.

Edinburgh College students of various course levels ranging from Schools College Partnership (SCP) to HNC picked up 21 individual medals across competition categories including: blow dry and finish; body art; ladies evening style; SCP; 1980s make-up; editorial make-up; and ladies hair conversion categories.

As well as individual awards, Edinburgh College students Amelia Forsyth and Harry Lyons won the Team Bridal category – impressing judges with their hair and make-up skills.

Hairdressing and Make-Up Techniques for the Hair and Beauty Consultant student Amelia Forsyth said: “It’s amazing to have won the team gold alongside Harry. The competition was brilliant fun, there was such a buzz when all the students were competing against each other, and the clock. I’m really proud to have won this heat and now I’m excited to head to Blackpool to try and be the best in the UK.”

Radost Staykova said: “It feels great to win this gold medal. There was lots of talented hairdressers in the room so I’m really proud to have been chosen as the winner in my heat. I’m looking forward to going to Blackpool to do it all again and hopefully myself and other Edinburgh College students can win more medals.”

Ladies conversion gold medal winner and Level 2 Hairdressing student Bobby Ray said: “It was an amazing experience competing in the AHT heats against students from all over Scotland and it’s even more amazing to have won gold. I want to thank my lecturers for giving me the skills and belief needed to be successful. Hopefully we can all bring home more golds from Blackpool.”

Edinburgh College curriculum manager for Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy and Complementary Therapies Frances Bain said: “Congratulations to everyone who competed in the AHT competition at our Granton Campus. It was brilliant to feel such a buzz in the room and to see the commitment and talents of students from across Scotland and Northern Ireland.

“Well done to all medal winners, the level of skill and ability on show was amazing. I’d like to thank everyone who took part, they worked tremendously hard in preparation and that hard work has certainly paid off.

“To win 22 medals and win the Rose Bowl for a second year is an astounding performance by our own college – everyone should be incredibly proud of themselves.”