On Wednesday 8 June 2016, 32 competitors from academies and colleges from across the country competed to win the title of best student hairdresser at the Wella World Studio London.
The search began with a photographic heat in which students were challenged to create a commercial cut and colour look. 120 competitors across the two new categories were selected to go through to one of the four regional heats from which the top 4 in each category headed to the national final.
The final 32 students arrived for the final event to ever be hosted in the Wella World Studio London premises on Mortimer Street, before the studio moves to its new location, No.1 The Strand. Each student was tasked with styling and creating a finished look within a one hour time limit. Judged by some of the most respected names in the industry; Karen Kennedy from Indigo Rye, Altin Ismaili from Marc Antoni, Ryan Jones from Wow and Patrick Cameron were there to review the competitors and choose their winners.
Helen Elliott from Doncaster College and Abi Britt from Reflections Training Academy (Bristol) were crowned Gold XPOSURE Winners. They will receive £1,000 worth of Wella Professionals MyEducation Fund, a tool kit to the value of £500 as well as the opportunity to work backstage with one of the show teams at the Wella TrendVision Award UK & Ireland Final 2016. They will also be joined by the Silver Winners; Molly Gibson from Reflections Training Academy (Birmingham) and Hazel Watson from South Lanarkshire College, and the Bronze winners; Lucy Fraser from Rhona McCallum Hair and Sophie Knowles from Kendal College at a mentoring day with an inspirational industry icon.