Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Hairdresser competes for award

A HAIRDRESSER at a Goring salon has been shortlisted for an award.

A HAIRDRESSER at a Goring salon has been shortlisted for an award.

Natalie Green, who joined the team at Albert Fields in High Street last year, was chosen from among hundreds of entrants to compete in the regional final of this year’s Wella Trend Vision competition.

On Wednesday night, she and 17 rivals from across the South took part in the deciding round with the top three going through to the national final automatically.

Miss Green, 25, of Blounts Court Road, Sonning Common, began her career as an apprentice at the Indigo Rye salons in Wallingford and Caversham, where she worked for seven years.

She then briefly worked for the events team at Reading town hall but returned to hairdressing because she missed it.

This is the first time she has entered a competition. To take part, she had to cut and colour a model’s hair then submit photographs of the results. 

Her friend Alice O’Neill, from Emmer Green, volunteered to be the model and Miss Green sent the pictures off.

She was told in April that she been successful and was one of only two finalists from South Oxfordshire — the other one is from Dorchester.

Miss Green spent a month planning a new hairstyle for Miss O’Neill for the regional final, which was held at a hotel at Heathrow airport.

She was given an hour to create it and then had to explain it to the judges before her friend took part in a catwalk parade.

Speaking before the event, Miss O’Neill said: “I felt I should push myself to try something a bit different.

“I was shocked but really pleased when I actually got through. The next stage is going to be harder as I’m up against people from some big-name salons but it’s my first time and I’m so happy as it’s pretty incredible to have made it this far.

“It would mean the world to me if I won. I think it would leave me speechless.”

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