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College Star - Big Blow Out Competition

In February Students across the UK studying hairdressing and barbering were invited to take part in a brand new competition from Denman Professional.

Denman CEO Kevin McNamee said “As part of our commitment to the next generation in hairdressing, we want to find a way to support colleges and inspire students with an easy to enter online competition that allows them to showcase their very best blow-dry skills. Delivering a brilliant blow-dry is a key skill to master as young professionals navigate their learning and set off on their careers. We want to find a way to both motivate and celebrate students across the UK and we can’t wait to see their entries.”

The Prize consisted of £1,000, plus a hamper of tools worth £200 for their college hairdressing Department.

Attracting over 500 entries the competition asked students to enter their best blow-dry work. The online-only competition asked for an image of the front, back and each side of just one brilliant blow-dry.


 Yasmin Ainsley, a student from East Durham College was announced as the very first winner of the Denman College Star title.

She said “I’m so so happy. I was quite happy with the blow-dry so I am glad the judges liked it. I created this look during the college day and entered it from my phone. Thank you, Denman!” 

Yasmin said “I’m planning on using some of the money for a spa day or evening with my best friend Poppy who also entered, and the remainder of the money on a holiday to my favourite place Greece! I love my Denman kit and I shall be keeping it forever. The large Head Hugger is definitely my fave for blow drying. I’ve been doing bouncy blow-dries with it ever since!”

Sandra Joyce, Hairdressing Lecturer from East Durham College really encouraged her students to enter and is a huge fan of competitions as a way to help her learners improve confidence and give them an opportunity to measure their skills against their peers regionally and nationally. Sandra said “This was an excellent opportunity to enter a competition that Level 1, 2 and 3 hairdressing students can participate in plus the Denman tool bundle was a great range and quantity of tools and equipment for our department.”

Image left to right: Sandra Joyce Hairdressing Lecturer, Kate Huntley WBL Lecturer, Yasmine Ainsley Denman College Star, Samantha Jayne Newton Placement Provider, Andrea College Hairdressing Lecture.

To win Yasmin uploaded just four images of her finished look and completed a few details, it couldn’t have been easier.

Save the date – the 2025 competition opens on 17th February 2025.

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