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Earlier this month, a hairdressing student from Sussex Coast College Hastings finished third at a national hairdressing competition in Birmingham.

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Miriam Fairbrother, who studied Level 2 Hairdressing at the college last year, finished third in the ‘Open to all’ Female Fashion Look – Cut and Finish category at the National Hairdressers Federation competition at the VOX Conference Centre in Birmingham.

Miriam travelled to the midlands on Sunday 19th November to compete against contestants from across the country, and had to create an inspirational style to impress a panel of eight expert judges. The style Miriam took on was a grunge look, which included two different colours and shaving some of the hair.

Miriam in action web

“I was shocked and couldn’t believe it when they announced that I had finished third,” said Miriam. “I was so proud of third place, and to compete against some of the best stylists from across the country was a brilliant experience.”

“We were given 45 minutes to create our style, before the judges walked around the floor to critique and mark our work. I was really pleased with my finished style, and the judges were really impressed too.”

Miriam, who has recently started a Level 3 Apprenticeship at Emma Hellier, in Bexhill, competed in the advanced category that featured fully-qualified and experienced stylists. She arrived at the competition expecting to compete in the student and trainee category, but soon found out that she was the only person to apply, so the organisers asked Miriam if she would like to compete in the Open to all section.

“When they asked if I would like to compete in the Open to all category, I thought that there was no chance of me winning, but as I had travelled up to Birmingham, I had nothing to lose so just go for it.

Competing against such a strong field of stylists has really given me a lot of confidence. I’m now looking forward to my career in hairdressing even more.”

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