Hair-raising acts on show

Festival of Hair and Beauty at the Winter Gardens. Pictured is Wendy Croall working on Victoria Newman.

Festival of Hair and Beauty at the Winter Gardens. Pictured is Wendy Croall working on Victoria Newman.

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TALENTED hairdressers battled it out on a grand stage as competitors from around the country aimed to be crowned the national champion.

Hundreds of hair straighteners, thousands of rollers and numerous bottles of hairspray were consumed inside the Winter Gardens as the Blackpool venue hosted the National Hairdressing Foundations’ (NHF) Hairdressing Championships.

The best of men’s and women’s fashion were on display in the Empress Ballroom for a variety of competitions, while catwalks and exhibitions filled the other rooms for the two day event which culminates today.

Cheryl Swarbrick, president of Blackpool NHF, said: “This has been going on for at least 50 years and people always expect a great weekend.

“There’s a lot of fashion here and people come from all over the country to take part in this event. Blackpool is a great place to hold it and it attracts a lot of people.”

Emma Saxon, 19, a hairdresser from Stephen Coles Hair Design, Church Road, St Annes, competed in the Bridal and Uptown Girl categories.

She said: “I’ve been doing this for a few years and I love the atmosphere. The venue is great and is unique to what everyone usually competes in. I get to do a bit of spectating as well where I can pick up new ideas and inspiration.”

Stephanie Exton, 18, from Wolverhampton, was competing in the event for the first time. She added: “People I know came here last year and I thought I would give it a go. It’s a great competition and a fantastic venue to come and do my job.”