Buxton hairdresser is a cut above in national competition

Hairdresser Heidi Robinson is a finalist in the Backstage Live Men's Image Awards 2017.
Hairdresser Heidi Robinson is a finalist in the Backstage Live Men's Image Awards 2017.

A Buxton hairstylist has landed a spot in the regional finals of the world’s longest running hairdressing competition.

Next month Heidi Robinson from Velu Hairdressing Ltd, on Eagle Parade, will be heading to Liverpool to compete against 23 other finalists for the chance to make it to the grand final of the L’Oréal Colour Trophy.

Hairdresser Heidi Robinson is a finalist in the Backstage Live Men's Image Awards 2017

Hairdresser Heidi Robinson is a finalist in the Backstage Live Men's Image Awards 2017

The 26-year-old said: “I can’t believe it - even now it is such a shock and I keep smiling.

“This is putting Buxton hairdressing on the map. We are just a little salon and we have beat some of the big names you would expect to see in a national competition like this, which is amazing.”

The L’Oréal Colour Trophy is the longest running live hairdressing competition in the world, which aims to showcase some of the brightest hairdressing talents across the country, while ensuring that hairdressers nationwide are continually inspired to celebrate ‘Hair Inspired by Fashion’.

Heidi is entering the men’s image awards and was selected from hundreds of entrants to go to the regional final.

Hairdresser Heidi Robinson is a finalist in the Backstage Live Men's Image Awards 2017, Heidi is pictured with customer Simon Craddock

Hairdresser Heidi Robinson is a finalist in the Backstage Live Men's Image Awards 2017, Heidi is pictured with customer Simon Craddock

She said: “You do everything you can, and you can think you’re good enough, but getting judged on your work is another level.

“When the letter came saying I had made it to the regional finals, I actually screamed as I was that excited.”

The competition has evolved from its origin 62 years ago, growing from only 300 attendees in 1954 to now welcoming thousands more of the industry’s greatest talents.

Heidi, who lives in Chapel-en-le-Frith, said: “The model I am working with is just a regular client who comes into the salon. He is an aeroplane pilot and travels the world, so he sees lots of different fashions and isn’t afraid to try something.”
Ahead of the regional finals on April 10, Heidi will have already coloured her model’s hair, but at the event will cut and style his hair as well as style his clothes.

Hairdresser Heidi Robinson is a finalist in the Backstage Live Men's Image Awards 2017, Heidi is pictured with customer Simon Craddock

Hairdresser Heidi Robinson is a finalist in the Backstage Live Men's Image Awards 2017, Heidi is pictured with customer Simon Craddock

She said: “They want to know that you know what works and what doesn’t and how to present the whole package.

“It’s mad to think that representatives from such well-known hairdressing brands like Trevor Sorbie and Charles Worthington will be judging my hair and what I can do.”

The judges will be picking just three entrants to head down to London for the grand final in June.

Heidi added: “I’ve already come this far and I have only got to beat 21 other people. I really want this, so I will give it my everything.”