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How Humberston hairdresser got on at the 2017 Hair Council Student of the Year contest

The winners of the Hair Council Student of the Year 2017 have been revealed, with a Humberston hairdressing apprentice proving she was a cut above!

How Humberston hairdresser got on at the 2017 Hair Council Student of the Year contest

As previously reported, Ellie Mumby, 16, an apprentice at Salon Fifty7, made it through to the final eight and travelled down to London with hair model Samantha Richardson, 16.

At the L'Oreal Academy in Hammersmith, Emily had to recreate her original entry, themed as a Hollywood style red carpet look and was also interviewed by a panel of judges.

The competition, in association with L'Oreal Professionnel and TCT, was judged by Southern Hairdresser of the Year, Anne Veck, Sean Hanna's artistic director and session stylist, Yesmin O'Brien, as well as Jayne Schauenburg, a previous winner herself and hairdressing educator.

The Level 2 hairdressing student was then interviewed by Jayne Schauenburg, Yesmin O'Brien and Keith Conniford, CEO/Registrar of the Hair Council. She was asked about their work, but the work of the Hair Council too.

Keith said "I was amazed at the quality of work, commitment and passion for the industry that the youngsters showed, some as young as one year into their training!

"A truly wonderful day!

Overall Ellie came in 3rd place, and a spokesperson said: "She did a superb job in the practical coming joint first place with Liberty (who was the winner) and fifth place in the interview.

"Students have the freedom to prepare for the interview stage however they wish, some had created mood boards for this and although it was not necessarily a requirement, the fact they had done so boosted their marks.

"The judges did say Ellie came across as confident professional and very supportive of state registration.

"I hope Ellie is extremely pleased with herself, reaching the finals is a huge accomplishment on its own, and coming third place is a huge achievement."

Ellie said: "Although I did not win the competition I did however come joint first in the practical part of the competition and 5th in the interview round.

"The overall experience was amazing and we had the best weekend in London and I would do it again in a heart beat.

"The L'Oreal studios where the competition took place was amazing and all the staff and organisers were so lovely.

"The judges were also nice as well as the Hair Council representatives, they made it so easy to speak which made me feel less pressure in my interview.

"I am absolutely thrilled with the result and the girl who won deserved it, her hair up was stunning.

"I need to thank a few people for this experience, starting with my two bosses Janice and Jack who helped me through the whole thing, my model Sam Richardson for coming all the way to London with us and my family for their support.

"I had an amazing time and can't wait for next year's competition."

Janice Yardley, Salon Fifty7 owner said: "Jack and I are so proud of what Ellie has achieved.

" Ellie has been professional and enthusiastic about practicing and performing at the competition, her dedication to hairdressing at her age is full credit to her.

"I look forward to working with Ellie for the remaining time of her training and of course any more competitions we can enter her into."

Liberty Clark won the Level 2 competition and Jurgita Allen won the Level 3 competition and they will receive a day shadowing celebrity hairdresser Andrew Barton and a career guided lunch with Sophia Hilton; as well as afternoon tea at the House of Commons.

All 16 finalists received a goody bag packed to the brim with products and brushes from 11 different companies including: Denman, L'Oreal Professional, Goldwell, KMS, GHD, Wella, Fudge, Affinage, Kerastase, Matrix, Pureology and Decleor.

In 2015, Demi Stainton from Lincolnshire scooped the prestigious award, so Ellie has done tremendously well following in her footsteps.

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