A pair of talented barbers from East Durham College have proven they’ve been sharpening their skills to precision.
That’s after winning prestigious awards at 2019’s BBA (British Barbers Association) National Student Barber of the Year 2019 competition.
Jess Filby, 30 from Hartlepool won First Place in the Precision, Creative Cut and Finish Category and Amy Hughes, 31 from Peterlee has been awarded Third Place in the Facial Hair Design category.
Both students are studying barbering at East Durham College, under the tutelage of the UK’s first female Grand Master Barber, Alison Brightwell.
Alison is ecstatic about her students winning the awards. She said: “Wow what a fantastic result! Jess, Amy and all my students work so hard throughout the year, and for them to be recognised in such a well-renowned competition is amazing. A huge well done to both Amy and Jess – I’m so proud of you both!”
East Durham College encourages students on its barbering, hairdressing and beauty courses to regularly get involved in competitions such as the BBA National Student Barber of the Year. This helps students to put their craft into practice, gaining them valuable experience and confidence in their abilities.
Amy and Jess will be presented with their trophies at the HJ Live North trade show this October. HJ Live is the leading trade show for hair professionals in the North, and is filled with exhibitions, products, show offers and is an excellent place for college students to learn more about the industry.