Edinburgh College sweep up at national hair and beauty competition with a 15-medal haul

Edinburgh College students showed they’re a cut above the rest after winning 15 medals at a regional heat of the UK’s largest student hairdressing and beauty competition at its Granton Campus.

It was the first time the College had hosted the South of Scotland heat of the Association of Hairdressers and Therapists (AHT) competition and its students certainly put in a home performance to remember – winning the Rose Bowl trophy for most medals won.

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 in the year.

The event saw students from the College’s Granton and Milton Road Campuses compete against peers from colleges across the South of Scotland 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 two gold, three silver and 10 bronze medals across the ladies commercial blow dry and finish; mens barbering cut and finish; fantasy hairdressing; 14+ evening; ladies evening cut; 14+ prom make-up, gents commercial; mood board nails; and ladies hair conversion categories.

In the fantasy hair section, Edinburgh College dominated the result – winning gold, silver and bronze medals.

Gold medallist Dalma Kauderer said: “I actually couldn’t believe that they said my name. I was so happy and really proud that my hard work paid off.

“I created a look inspired by the Mad Hatter using a hand-crafted wire hat, made by myself, which I attached to my model’s hair in order to create the illusion that the hair was holding the hat as if it were alive, wild and untameable.

“I chose the Mad Hatter as inspiration not just because top hats have been the most elegant fashion element since the 19th century, but also because I often feel like I can relate to its funky character.”

Two of the College’s winners were SCP students from schools in the local area who train with College lecturers at Wester Hailes Education Centre (WHEC) one afternoon per week.

SCP student and bronze winner in the 14+ prom make-up competition Dylan Elliot said: “I was shocked and over the moon with joy to hear that I had come third. The whole experience was just amazing and I enjoyed every bit of it.”

Lisa Black, silver and bronze medallist in the ladies cut and blow dry and the gents commercial competitions, respectively said: “To have won a medal at the competition is amazing and something I never expected would happen – I’m so happy to have won. The whole event was incredible, I loved every minute of it and I can’t wait to go to Blackpool and do it all again.

“I’m so glad that my lecturer Marion encouraged me to enter the competition and I can’t thank her enough for the confidence and knowledge she has given me since I came to the College – it has definitely inspired me to work hard and achieve as much as I can in my future career.”

Edinburgh College curriculum manager for Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy and Complementary Therapies Frances Bain said: “I’d like to thank all of our students who entered the AHT competition, they worked tremendously hard in preparation and that hard work has certainly paid off.

“To win 15 medals is an astounding performance and is testament to the commitment, determination and talent of our students – they should all be incredibly proud of themselves.”