MORE than 100 stylists, beauticians and models from across the coast have gathered for a captivating competition in traditional and radical hair designs.

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy students battled it out for medals at the Grŵp’s annual grand final, which was held at Coleg Llandrillo’s Rhyl campus.

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‘Bridal/Prom’ silver medallist Charlotte Woolford, gold medallist Chantelle Jones and bronze medallist Chloe Crowley with their respective models

Full and part-time students from across Coleg Llandrillo, Coleg Menai and Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor campuses were involved in the many in-house competitions, ranging from a gents cut and blow dry, through hair-up categories including ‘A Night at the Prom’ and ‘Bridal/Prom’, to bridal and avant garde.

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Some of incredible hair designs at the competition

A spokesperson for the Rhyl College’s Hairdressing department said: “This cross-college competition was an opportunity for all Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy students to show off their individual skills and talents.

“The standard of the competitions was exceptionally high and reflects the exceptional skills that our students are being taught across Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s colleges.”

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A more traditional hair design presented by one of the students

Beauty Therapy students tackled tasks including nail art, massage, make-up and manicures. Models’ costumes included wedding dresses, climate change-themed designs and ice queen and forest creatures-inspired creations, complimented by associated hairstyles and make-up.

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A particularly avant garde design

Students from Rhos-on-Sea – who were the defending champions - won five gold medals while Rhyl students scooped four to capture second place, making Coleg Llandrillo’s Rhos-on-Sea campus the overall winner – by just one point - and the holder of the shield for another year.

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One of the many incredible creations

The judges, who were all external, included representatives from City Glam Hair Studio in St Asaph, former salon owner Margaret Bickerstaff, Suzanne Smith from The Salon in Colwyn Bay, along with local hairdressers Danny Hughes and Lee Cox.

Winners from the final will now be selected to enter both national and WorldSkills’ competitions.