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Thirty UCOL Hairdressing students presented styles from the fifties to the Victorian era and from Egypt to Japan in their annual pre-apprentice competition this week.

Eleven students from the UCOL Wairarapa and seven from Whanganui UCOL joined twelve Palmerston North students to compete for prizes for Best Style on the Day and the Best Overall History project.

It is the first time students from the Whanganui hairdressing programme have competed in the annual UCOL History of Hair event.

As part of their programme, the Certificate in Hairdressing students were required to research a culture or era of their choice and depict it in a hair style.

The students had one hour to recreate the style they had practiced dozens of times on their mannequins.

The competition was held in UCOL's Learning Hub amidst the busy lunchtime buzz.

The styles and research portfolios were judged by Palmerston North senior stylists, Rebekah Hoskin (The Hair Company) and Bessie Quigley (Beauty Electric).

UCOL Hairdressing Lecturer Gillian Gosper says the competition is the culmination of months of research and practice by the students. She was particularly excited to host the Whanganui UCOL contingent for the first time. "It has been great to have all three campuses represented," says Gillian.

UCOL's Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) Level 3 is a one year, full time programme and is the equivalent of the first year of a hairdressing apprenticeship.

Best Style on the Day: 1st Jean Sturn (PN), 2nd Sherie Hudson (Whanganui), 3rd Sarah Lewis (PN). Best Project: Jean Sturn (PN).

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