Hairdressing Alumna Wins Day at Errol Douglas Salon

11 June 2019 | Alumni, Hair & Beauty

Former City College Plymouth hairdressing student, Stacey Stewart has recently spent a day in London, meeting famous hairdresser, Errol Douglas MBE and observing how his Knightsbridge salon is run, after winning best in her category and the overall Inspire Hairdressing Photographic Challenge 2018 competition.

Replicating professional competitions, this contest requires students to create a style and submit one photograph for judging by Errol Douglas and Managing Director of Schwarzkopf Professional, Peter Belcher. The mum of three, who was one of hundreds of applicants to enter the competition, submitted a photo of her model at the College’s annual Hair Show and claimed first place in the ‘Avant Garde’ category and was crowned the ‘Overall Winner’.

Stacey said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and experience of the competition, and the standard of the entries gave judges a tough decision in choosing just one winner! I was so surprised to win, but I put it down to thorough research, hard work and the confidence I gained at College.”

To recognise her achievements, Stacey was awarded an engraved glass trophy for her individual category, and a larger engraved trophy, goodie bag, and the once in a lifetime opportunity to travel to London, meet renowned hairdresser Errol, and spend a day at his Knightsbridge salon, as the competition’s overall winner.

Stacey said: “I was honoured to meet Errol. He was very friendly, warm and welcoming. He congratulated me on winning the Inspire competition and encouraged me to enter more shows and competitions. He has even started following me on Instagram!”

During her day at the high-end salon, Stacey observed Errol’s team of hair stylists at work and gained insight into the workings of the business. She said: “It was a fantastic experience! I got to see how hair services are tailored to individual clients and their specific requirements, and how they give each customer the best experience possible. The professionalism of the stylists and their attention to detail was something else I noticed – everything was done so precisely and to the highest standard. I hope that in the future I can apply their approach in my own work.”

Commenting on the salon itself, Stacey added: “It was so beautiful and grand, it was a bit surreal – it felt like something out of a page in a magazine. It’s a whole new world of hairdressing and was so inspiring. I loved my time there!”

Stacey’s lecturer and tutor at City College, Victoria Stacey has supported her during her studies and throughout the competition process, encouraging Stacey to take part. Victoria said: “We are so proud of Stacey – she has put in so much hard work during her time at the College and it has really paid off! Stacey was an excellent ambassador for the College during her time in London and she has come back inspired after meeting Errol and his team!”

Looking to the future, Stacey hopes to stay in contact with Errol and take up his offer to visit the salon again once the interior has been refurbished. She is also keen to continue her studies at City College, focusing next on beauty therapy.

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