Students go head to head in regional heats

North Warwickshire & Hinckley College hosted regional AHT hair and beauty competitions recently.

More than 200 people from six colleges visited the Nuneaton Campus on Friday 17 February to take part in the Association of Hairdresser and Therapist regional heats.

Colleges taking part included: Leicester College, Kidderminster College, Grimsby College, New College Stamford, Loughborough College and North Warwickshire & Hinckley College. The competitions were open to full-time and part-time students and Apprentices currently on Hair and Beauty programmes.

Throughout the day students went head to head in a variety of competitions including ladies’ evening styles and fantasy looks where students designed and created the ‘total look’ including make-up, costume, and accessories.nwhc-body-paint-competition

Winners from North Warwickshire & Hinckley College included:

  • Body painting – Sorrell Sutton: 2nd
  • Classical make up – Chelsea Oak 3rd
  • Face painting – Natalie Herbert 3rd
  • Evening style – Lydia Moore 1st & Sian Taylor 2nd
  • Ladies evening – Sasha Dowdall 1st, Rebecca Jacques 2nd & Jessica Redshaw 3rd
  • Gents long hair – Wendy Lydell 1st

The placed competitors will now go on to compete at the National finals in Blackpool Winter Gardens on 12 and 13 March.

The event is run by the Association of Hairdresser and Therapists, a national network of specialists who hold annual competitions at a regional and national level.

Leanne Newitt, Make Up Artistry Lecturer at the College said: “We were extremely proud to host the regional heats here at the College. It’s so exciting to see the students really push their creative limits, the standard of work was phenomenal.

“These types of competitions are an integral part of our courses; a great way for students to venture out of their comfort zone, network with peers and experience what it’s like to work under time pressure. Congratulations to all those who took part and we look forward to the national heats!”

Click here to find out more about Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy courses at the College,  call 024 7624 3000 or email


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