Hairdressing student’s brush with success

Release Date: 16 June 2017

Being presented with the Student of the Year award at D&A College prize-giving ceremony in the Webster Theatre rounds off a spectacular year for NC Level 6 hairdressing student Shannon Allen.

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Shannon Allen (picture: Ron Cathro)

Since coming to college last August, Shannon has won a raft of awards in national competition – and given birth to a baby boy!

The Arbroath resident had to take time of her course when Jacob, here second wee boy, was born in November last year, but the student was back in class after the Christmas holidays and in February won the bridal category of the AHT (Association of Hairdressers and Therapists) competition in Aberdeen.

That victory booked the Carnoustie HSFP a place in the AHT UK finals in Blackpool in April where she fought off the challenge of more than 20 others, all of whom had won heats across the country, to clinch top spot.

As if that wasn’t enough, now coping with both Jacob and his two-year-old brother, Ruben, Shannon is currently preparing for a World Skills competition in Belfast, where she will have to complete a wide range of work.

“Applicants for this contest were invited to send in a photograph of their work and I was delighted when the organisers not only offered me a chance to compete but complimented my entry, a cut and colour, as being the best they had seen,” said the student.

Shannon, who first came to college in 2015, aims to return to the Arbroath Campus next year to take a place on the VCTC level 3 hairdressing.

“For me college hasn’t just been about learning – I’ve really enjoyed preparing for and taking part in the competitions.”

“I am indebted to all the lecturers for their help.”

“That said, I couldn’t have achieved anything like this without the help of my fiancé, Frazer, who is a great father and still finds time to give me plenty of support.”