Hairdressing apprentice wins place in finals

Hairdressing apprentice wins place in finals

A Trafford College hairdressing apprentice has beat hundreds of hopefuls to get through to the finals of the prestigious Wella Professionals XPOSURE award 2019 in London.

A Trafford College hairdressing apprentice has beat hundreds of hopefuls to get through to the finals of the prestigious Wella Professionals XPOSURE award 2019 in London.

Rising star Michael Dring, who studies Level 3 Hairdressing, almost didn’t make it to Northern Regional Heat in Doncaster on May 1st when his model pulled out.

Luckily, Michael’s partner Andy Bell stepped in, allowing the 24-year-old to recreate his Game of Thrones-style look, on who is understood to have been the only male model in the competition.

Trafford College’s Workplace Assessor Leonora Dunne said: “Thanks to what he has been learning with us and at his work placement, we have been able to progress him through Level 2 in just over a year, when it usually takes 15 months.

“Michael is a very dedicated and motivated individual, who picks up information easily. We are delighted to have been able to consolidate this experience with industry-recognisable qualifications.”

Michael, who hails from Altrincham, studies at Trafford College one day a week, gaining experience at Sand Hairdressing branches in Altrincham and Sale for five days.

He was selected for the regional heat of the XPOSURE awards after Wella judges shortlisted his cut and colour photographs from more than 200 entries.

Michael said:  “I can’t believe I won after nearly not being able to make it. Thank you to my partner Andy for agreeing to be my model – apparently he’s the only male ever to have been entered into the competition! I had to change the cut, colour and style at the last minute but we made a Game of Thrones-style beading and braiding with eight minutes of the hour we had to spare!

“Trafford College helped me learn the techniques I was able to apply at the competition, like choosing the right colours. Being put forward for awards by my tutors is great and the support I’ve received at college is amazing.

“In fact it was thanks to the apprenticeship service at the college that I found a placement as a mature student that I wasn’t able to find when I was living in the North East. Great workTrafford College!”

Michael plans to continue working at Sand Hairdressing after completing his apprenticeship next year, with the view to work in catwalk hairdressing or fashion shoots in future.

In the meantime, he will compete against hairdressers from all over the country at the XPOSURE Final at Wella World Studio in London on June 3rd, where the first three places clinch educational cash boosts and valuable hairdressing tool kits.

Michael will also represent Trafford College at the regional heat of the WorldSkills UK competitions in Rotherham on June 11th.

“My advice to students is not to expect it to come to you. Work hard and you can achieve what you want,” he added.

Current Michael Dring Hairdressing Apprentice Winning Wella Regional Comp Edited