The styling skills of a trainee hairdresser at City of Wolverhampton College have led her to the regional finals of a national competition.

Rukshana Khanom, aged 20, a hairdressing apprentice at the college’s Academy training salon, has made it through to the regional round of the Wella Xposure (correct) 2017 contest.  

For the first round of the competition Rukshana had to submit a photograph of a hairstyle she had created and her entry of a wavy, layered cut, coloured red at the roots graduating to yellow on the ends – which took around four hours to complete – gained her a place in the Midlands regional heat.    

Rukshana, who combines working in the salon with studying for a Level 3 diploma in hairdressing, said: “I spent a lot of time researching the latest trends and developed the look based on the colours in a sunset.

“I worked really hard to ensure that the cut and colour were just as I wanted and was totally overwhelmed when I found out that I’d made it through to the next stage of the competition!”

Rukshana will now compete in front of judges in the college category of the regional heat on April 26 with winners going forward to the prestigious UK final later in the year.

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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