Wella’s student competition X-poses up and coming stylists


Fledgling hairdressers battled it out to be crowned the winners of the Wella Professional competition for students.

A total of 32 finalists were given the task of styling their model before a lineup and parade in front of esteemed judges Nicky Clarke, Jordanna Cobella and Angelo Vallillo on June 3.

Finalists were supported on the day by an audience of college lecturers and salon managers as part of the XPOSURE 2019 event.

The competition kicked off with hundreds of photographic entries, showcasing the competitors’ hairdressing skills to create the best commercial cut and colour styles.

Winners of this stage then went on to the XPOSURE 2019 Regional Heats, which took place around the UK including competitors from Ireland, and features an inspiring hair show from the Joseph Ferraro Art Team.

Events judge Angelo Vallillo said: “All the finalists should be extremely proud of their achievements.
“The standard was high and I am looking forward to developing the winners further in our mentoring day.”

To add further excitement to the day, finalists and guests were treated to inspirational demos and hair shows from hairdressing icons, Medusa’s Colin McAndrew and Peter Mellon, as well as Wella’s Generation Now team.

The event also included presentations on Wella’s eEducation platform, and an insight into this year’s biggest hair trends.

All Gold, Silver and Bronze award winners scooped a bespoke, tailor-made mentoring day with mentors Angelo Vallillo from DNA Art Space and Peter Mellon.

In addition, Gold award winners will embark on an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience at the TrendVision Award 2019 UK Ireland Final, an £1,000 tailor-made education programme for their personal development, a hairdressing tool kit worth £500 and a Wella Professionals XPOSURE trophy.

Silver and Bronze winners also won Wella tailor-made education programmes, tool kits and trophies.

Peter Mellon said: “This is a great competition that recognises future hairdressing talent.
“The work was very impressive and to reach the final is not easy. Congratulations to all the winners.”


The winners are:
College category
Kirsty Redfern, North Warks & South Leics College (Gold)
Katie Fellows, Weymouth College (Silver)
Alix Leckie, Moray College UHI (Bronze)
Academy category
Shauna Walsh, Crow Street Collective (Gold)

Leah Hodgkins, Heart of England Training (Silver)
Dion Logan, Medusa Training (Bronze)