Protégé Team 2012
Here are the ones to watch - take a bow the Protégé Team 2012:
Bec Armitage - Ethos Hairdressing, Chorlton
Kerry Davies - Ego Hair and Beauty, Colchester
Katie Watts - Hoop Haircutters, Clacton-on-Sea
Orla Cronin - Hoop Haircutters, Clacton-onSea
Charlotte Roberts - VIP Hair, Penkridge
Team mentor Jamie Farrar comments, "I am absolutely delighted with the team that has been selected. Each person has great potential and we already have a fantastic spread of existing skills - a couple of great little presenters, a couple of edgy creatives and some big characters - it's going to be a fun year! With the brilliant standard that we had I was so confident of getting a fantastic team and thanks to the judges we potentially have one of the best. I think the people who come into this fantastic youth team honestly get stronger and stronger each year - it's an exciting part of my job to work with them and bring the very best out of them."
The Protégé process has three stages, an initial 'first-cut' phase:
STAGE 1: applicants send in a personal pitch saying why they feel they should be considered for the team along with a summary of the creative work they will demonstrate at the next phase should they be selected. Of the 80 initial applicants, 26 were shortlisted for the face to face interview and presentations.
STAGE 2: Bringing their models along, with pre-coloured hair, the stylists have an hour to complete their cutting and styling out, the judges assess initial impressions on the applicants' working practices and confidence.
STAGE 3: The finalists must present their work to the judges in a three minute slot, showing sound technical knowledge as well as a flair for presentation. They then present their mood boards and the judges ask questions on their presentation.
A huge well done to the six successful candidates, it was quite an achievement as the standard was fantastic. It's amazing that young people who have, for the most part, not been involved with presentation work on this level, and certainly not in front of industry specialists, have the maturity and self-belief to dig deep and really perform. We were so impressed with the self-assured way in which almost everyone presented their work, they really did themselves justice and there was so much potential. It would have been great to get them all involved, but hopefully those that weren't successful this year will try again, because we really were spoilt for choice," commented Gemma Hensman, Director of Hensmans Salons.