Demi Stainton, a 23-year-old Level 3 Hairdressing learner at the Grimsby Institute’s Hair and Beauty Salon, The Graduate Salon, has been named as the Hair Council’s UK Hairdressing Student of the Year 2015, following in the footsteps of Julie Moore, Grimsby Institute Group’s Assistant Principal Curriculum, who was crowned with the same title in 1978.
For the competition, entrants had to submit a photographic entry from which eight finalists were chosen. During the final the competitors were then tasked with recreating the image they had submitted, followed by an interview by a panel of experts.
Demi, who lives in Louth and is a former pupil at Monks Dyke has been working at Adam & Eves Unisex Hairdressing Salon in North Somercotes for the past three years after originally joining the business through a Level 2 Apprenticeship with the Grimsby Institute. Demi recreated her strong structured style at the L’Oreal Studio in Hammersmith in under 50 minutes and impressed the judges during her interview. Demi said:
“I feel really happy and very emotional to have won. I didn’t think I’d won at all as all of the finalists were so good. I’d really like to progress working in the salon where I work, I do a lot of training there and then spend one day a week training at the Graduate Salon. Hair is my passion and I love what the Hair Council stands for – I feel very honoured to have won.”
Julie Moore, whose extensive career has progressed from hairdressing learner, to tutor and now to Assistant Principal Curriculum, added: “When I won it was an amazing experience for me and it has been fantastic for my career. It was the first time that the title had been won by a learner here, we were called the Grimsby College of Technology then, and it’s taken a long time for us to get the trophy back, I’m just thrilled that Demi has done it.”
As part of her prize Demi has already attended the House of Commons for afternoon tea and she will also be attending a day with Andrew Barton in the Urban Retreat salon in Harrods and the chance to attend a Wella course of her choice.