A talented Coleg Menai student who recently won the gold medal at the regional heats of a nationally renowned professional hairdressing competition will now take part in its first ever final - online.

Hundreds of budding hairdressers and barbers from England and Wales took part in the heats of the 'Concept Hair Apprentice of the Year 2020' competition in January and February.

Level 2 hairdressing student Sion Husband from Brynsiencyn scooped first place in the 'Avant-garde' category at the North West heat, with his creation on the theme of 'Fire and Ice.' However, the national lockdown enforced in March resulted in the Grand Final being postponed, much to the disappointment of all.

Despite this setback, Concept Hair Magazine, which organises the competition, was determined to recognise all of the competitors' hard work and crown the winners in the first year of the competition and, so, worked hard to adapt the format of the competition for this year's final, with safety in mind.

The 45 finalists will now complete their hair work at home, work or college, rather than taking part in a live final as originally planned. Finalists will be asked to submit before and after photos of their model's hair, an unedited video and a vision board, which will be judged by a panel of expert judges including celebrity hairdresser Andrew Barton, Fellowship for British Hairdressing Chancellor Ashleigh Hodges, Wahl Global Artistic Director Simon Shaw and VTCT's Apprenticeship Business Development Manager Jacqui McIntosh. Winners will be announced on Instagram on Monday 5th October.

There are five categories split into eight competitions based on the competitors' qualification levels: 1920s themed Styling Level 1 and Level 2; Prom-themed Hair Up Level 2 and Level 3; Peaky Blinders vs. The Great Gatsby-themed Barbering Level 2 and Level 3; Colouring; and Avant-garde, themed on Fire and Ice.  A winner will be chosen for each of the eight categories and one talented finalist will be crowned as the overall Concept Hair Apprentice of the Year.

In addition to the prestige and experience that comes with winning a national competition, there are incredible prizes up for grabs from competition sponsors L'Oréal Professionnel, Cloud Nine, Wahl, Bettertons, Salons Direct, VTCT and the Fellowship for British Hairdressing.

Coleg Menai Hairdressing lecturer Awena Williams said,

We are extremely proud of Sion's achievements, and pleased that his talents are being recognised on the national stage. Hairdressing is an extremely creative occupation and, to be the best, you need to be constantly pushing boundaries. Sion does this with every style he creates, and we wish him all the best in the virtual final.

For more information on courses in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy at Coleg Menai, please visit www.gllm.ac.uk/hair