A young hairdressing student has scooped a top prize for her skills.
Preston College student Carlajane Steele has been named as the best level two hairdressing student in the country after winning a prestigious national award in London.
The awards, run by the Hairdressing Council in conjunction with VTCT and L’Oreal Professional, saw Carlajane’s entry compete against 150 entrants from across the country.
Carlajane had to use the skills developed on her course to produce a hairstyle and send in photographs back in July.
Carlajane was chosen as one of eight finalists to take the trip to London to recreate the style for the competition judges who included representatives from the Hairdressing Council, L’Oreal and celebrity stylist Andrew Barton.
The practical element of the competition took place at L’Oreal studios in Hammersmith before the competitors were escorted to Salon international for the final presentations.
During the competition, Carlajane also had an interview with the judges where she explained the reasons for her chosen style and mood board presentation.
On winning the award, the former Corpus Christi pupil, who lives in Penwortham, said: “The experience of the whole day was unbelievable and one of the most exciting days of my life.
“To just be shortlisted for the award was an amazing feeling but to then find out that the judges had chosen me as the best was incredible. I’m so pleased!”
Carlajane’s tutor Helen Lees was equally proud.
She added: “What Carlajane has achieved is simply fantastic.
“She has demonstrated the expertise, skill and composure that we all knew she had and we expect to see big things from her as she progresses in her hairdressing career.”