Two hairdressing students at West Suffolk College won prizes in a national competition final on Monday.
Three students had won places in the finals of the Association of Hairdressers and Therapists (AHT) Hairdressing Competition in the first year the Bury St Edmunds college has entered.
Victoria Farrow, 25, from Bury St Edmunds, took third place in the Ladies Evening Style competition. Victoria works at Stephen John in Bury St Edmunds.
Laura Christopher, 25, from Newmarket, took second place in the Avant Garde competition. Laura works at Hair Candy in Newmarket.
Mlayne Frost, 20, from Bury St Edmunds, entered the Commercial Cut and Blow Dry competition. She completed a fantastic restyle on her model but was not placed.
Eight students from Level One to Three Hairdressing courses at the College had entered the regional AHT competitions, hosted by Nescot College Epsom, in February and these three won categories, earning places in Monday’s national finals at Blackpool Winter Gardens.
Tracey Marshall, head of school of hairdressing, beauty and holistic therapies at West Suffolk College, said: “It is an amazing achievement for these young women to go through to the finals of a national competition in the very first year we entered it.
“They created some fabulous designs, and their imagination, ingenuity and skill has been recognised by the judges with two well-deserved awards.
“The student who was not placed in her category created a stunning restyle, showing tremendous dexterity, and was unlucky to be facing stiff competition at this high level.”