Lauren makes final cut

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A  Chandler’s Ford hairdressing apprentice, Lauren Hill, 17 has been selected as one of only eight UK finalists for the 2012 title of Hairdressing Student of the Year. Chosen to represent the South region from hundreds of entries by a judging panel boasting celebrity hairdressers Patrick Cameron, Andrew Barton, and Lisa Shepherd, Lauren has been invited to the L’Oreal studios in London to battle it out against the remaining seven finalists.

As a level 2 student Lauren, formally of Thorndean School, was nominated for the award by Manager and salon owner Jane Odam back in May and, as part of her submission, created a stunning red-carpet hair-up do that was photographed and sent to London for judging among hundreds of other applications.

Speaking of the news Lauren enthused:

 “I am extremely excited about this opportunity, and to even get through to the finals in such a prestigious competition and have my work recognised by such high-profile stylists is such a privilege. From now until October I am going to try really hard to perfect my styling techniques in order to give me an even better chance of winning the title. I just can’t wait to get to London and make my family and colleagues proud. This whole experience has brought me even closer to my life-long ambition of becoming a hairdresser to the stars, and I can’t thank my manager Jane enough for nominating me.”

Jane Odam, Manager of Elite Salon, Chandler’s Ford, was the first person to find out that Lauren had made the finals and couldn’t wait to celebrate the news:

 “Lauren is such a dedicated and diligent stylist. She endeavours to be creative and learn something new every day at the salon, so I knew that she was the perfect candidate for this competition. I am so proud of her for making the finals and can’t wait to see her impress the judges once again in London. The whole team here at Elite are behind her and are going to help her prepare in every way possible.”

Lauren has until the October 14 to perfect her style before she has to re-create the winning look before a panel of judges at the L’Oreal Studios, London. Out of the eight finalists from across the united Kingdom, only two students will be crowned The Hairdressing Council’s Student of the Year 2012. The winners, who will be announced the same day live on stage at Salon International will walk away with an iPad 2, a day with Andrew Barton, tea at the House of Commons and vouchers for a course with L’Oreal and Wella.