Leah Walton is 2011 young hairdresser of the year

The Colour Room’s superstar stylist, Leah Walton, has been named 2011 Young Hairdresser of the Year at the Clothes Show Live in Birmingham, beating twenty finalists to take the prestigious title in a high-pressure, nail-biting live final.

The talented young hairdressers in the final had already impressed judges with a photographic entry and, on the day, had just 45 minutes to recreate their image live on stage in front of a capacity audience and an expert panel of judges comprising Errol Douglas, MBE, Leo Bancroft, Mark Woolley, Michelle Royle of Your Hair magazine and HJi web editor, Kate Woods After two live shows, the final six were chosen as: Terri Lowe, Lisa Shepherd; Abigail Sheldon, Royston Blythe; Jonathan Andrew, Cox McMillan; Leah Walton, The Colour Room; Rachelle Summerson-Wright, Janet Maitland and Joshua Goldsworthy, Goldsworthy’s.

The finalists then presented their models in front of a 4,000-strong audience in the huge Clothes Show Fashion Theatre, before Leah was announced as winner. The win was all the sweeter for Leah as this was her third time entering the competition, having been runner-up in 2008 and finalist in 2009. Leah said “I can’t begin to tell you how amazing it feels to have won this title. Having got so far in the competition twice before, but never quite winning, this year I was determined to learn from my experience and ensure the look I created would tick all the boxes as far as the judges were concerned. I have gone out of my comfort zone, creating a graphic cut on stage, and have pushed the boundaries with the clothes styling and whole look of my model, and I am thrilled that this has paid off.” Leah, who is proof of the old adage if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again, added “I could not have asked for a better end to the most amazing year of my life, and I would like to say a huge thank you to my bosses, Sean and Claire, whose support and encouragement has meant everything to me.”

Leah’s mentor, Sean Tetlow, co-owner of The Colour Room, said “Having experienced a phenomenal year as a member of the 2011 F.A.M.E. Team, winning 2011 Young Hairdresser of the Year is absolutely the icing on the cake for Leah and will guarantee that the pace and momentum of her career and her achievements will continue with gusto into 2012 and beyond! Claire and I are immensely proud of her as are all of Leah’s adoring clients.” As part of her prize, Leah can now look forward to front cover photo-shoots for Your Hair Magazine and Hairdressers Journal International, as well as all the industry recognition and PR opportunities that are sure to come her way.

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