Hairstyling students make the cut

Pictured are second-place winner Abby Knight (second from left) and third-place winner Anousone (Anna) Saneaha (second from right) who won trophies at the Radiant Beauty Regional Championships.


Nov. 4 was a ‘good hair day’ for NC.

Two students, in their first year of the Hairstyling Techniques program, took home trophies from the Radiant Beauty Regional Championships held as part of Hair Fest – a hair show that drew 500 stylists to the the Hamilton Convention Centre.

Abby Knight placed second and Anousone (Anna) Saneaha placed third in the New Talent category for unlicensed stylists where they faced four other competitors.

While NC Hairstyling students have been competing in Skills competitions, Pat Spano, professor of the Hairstyling Techniques program, said this was the first competition the College has ever brought students to compete in outside of that realm, and into the professional world against apprentices who have salon experience. He said the achievement is a testament to the students’ hard work and dedication, pointing out that the NC students who competed had only eight weeks of instruction, while many competitors – including the first place winner – have been in salons for up to three years.

Spano noted the importance of competition as part of the learning experience.

“When students and licensed hairdressers enter into competition it raises the bar of their skills. Competition offers techniques and styles that are not used on everyday styles, but art on a head,” he said. “The things that are learned through competition are not learned when one does not compete and puts their abilities above the rest.”

In addition to boosting their skills, the experience gives students recognition within the industry, opening doors for them to getting better jobs in salons or with manufacturers, showcasing their products around the world, Spano said.

The experience also teaches students discipline. Students must dedicate many hours to prepare between two and three months in advance of the event. Spano thanked Robert Tullio of the Hairetage Salon in Vineland for the tireless hours he worked to help train the students at his salon.

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