School pupils have cutting edge at national hair and beauty competition

Three school pupils have shown they’ve got what it takes to become future stars in the hairdressing, beauty and complementary therapies sector following an impressive performance in a national competition.

Haddi Jatou Bah, Hannah Scott and Dylan Elliot from Wester Hailes Education Centre (WHEC) all participate in a Schools College Partnership (SCP) course with Edinburgh College which sees them learn with College lecturers once per week.

Recently, the three pupils took part in the Association of Hairdressers and Therapists (AHT) south of Scotland heat at the College’s Granton Campus where they competed against students from colleges across South Scotland.

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.

Bronze winner in the 14+ evening style with ornamentation competition Haddi Jatou Bah said: “I was really nervous when I arrived, but once I got started, the nerves went away and I danced about feeling really confident.”

Hannah Scott said: “I was also very nervous at the start, especially when I saw some of the other competitors, but I managed to get finished a lot quicker than I thought I would.”

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.”

Dylan will now head to Blackpool later in the year to compete at the national final in the town’s Winter Gardens.

WHEC principal David Young said: “I am very proud of our senior pupils for their fantastic achievements. The pupils represented their school and community in such a responsible and successful manner and they should be delighted with themselves.”

Head of Tourism, Hospitality and Business at Edinburgh College Sarah-Jane Linton said: “All three of these pupils should be immensely proud of how they performed in a massive competition against students much older than them. They were not fazed by the scale of the event and have worked amazingly well – congratulations to them.

“It’s a wonderful new partnership we have with Wester Hailes Education Centre and we hope that it continues well into the future to ensure we carry on supplying the hair, beauty and complementary therapies sector with a pipeline of talented professionals.”