Olivia Nevill from Ashley Gamble Ltd, Shifnal has been chosen as one of Britain’s eight most talented and exciting young hairdressers from across the country. Olivia has won the highly acclaimed North Western region Young Colourist of the Year and will now be part of the exciting 2015 L’Oréal Professionnel Colour Academy, created and designed to support and nurture the hair colour icons of the future.
On Monday 1st June, over 1000 of the hairdressing industries most high profile and successful figures gathered together inside the dazzling Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London for the 60th prestigious annual awards to witness Olivia Nevill be presented with her award by Model icon Twiggy and Colour Director of Ken Picton Salon, Paul Dennison, alongside the exciting team of eight talented young colourists.
The 2015 L’Oreal Professionnel Colour Academy will be made up of eight energetic young hairdressers including Emma Reynolds from Riah Hair and Beauty, Belfast, Kirsty Macbain from Alan Edwards Salon, Glasgow, Samuel Johnson from Harringtons, Hull, Katie Grogan from Headlines, Hertford, Rachel White from A.K.A Hairdressing, Bristol, Chelsea Rosner from The Chair, Canterbury, Connor Scanlon from Headmasters Ham Academy, Ham and Olivia Nevill from Ashley Gamble Ltd, Shifnal.
Olivia’s journey started back in February when she had to video herself creating a colour for a client. These initial video entries were whittled down to only five hairdressers in each of the eight regions. These hairdressers made it through to the live finals in Manchester and London in May. Olivia was one of the 40 finalists to put her raw technical skills to the test live through two main challenges of ‘T-Section Highlights’ and ‘Creative Colour’ - each task included a strict judging criteria including equipment usage, precision placement, colour choices and overall look amongst others.
These colourist techniques were performed live on dolly heads to focus on professional skill and demonstrate strategically executed colour. Each young hairdresser was required to communicate their inspirations and share their experience within their field. Nathan Walker, Colour Director for Trevor Sorbie says,
The build up to the L’Oreal Colour Trophy Young Colourist Award at the 2015 Grand Final this year has been the most exciting yet! The standard of the entries this year was incredibly high and this made the judging process much more intense. We had an amazing selection of young colourists to choose from and all finalists should be extremely proud of themselves and what they have achieved by getting so far in a premier hairdressing competition.
The money can’t buy prize for each of these amazingly talented young hairdressers will include a year’s development program with L’Oréal Professionnel, designed to give the winners a full calendar of training seminars with mentoring by some of the biggest names in the industry. The team will go onto attend numerous industry events and receive opportunities that money simply cannot buy.