A young St Helens hair stylist is proving a cut above the competition after making it on to a national programme for talented hairdressers.
Helen Sheron, who works at Shimmers Hair Salon on Boundary Road, is one of 10 stylists from across the UK chosen for the prestigious Inspirational Youth Team 2015.
The competition is run each year by Tigi, a global brand which is part of the Toni and Guy empire, and was founded by Anthony Mascolo who has been named British Hairdresser of the Year three times.
Making it on to the final list means mum-of-one Helen will now receive a year’s worth of mentoring, with frequent visits to London to learn from leading names in the industry, high-profile photo shoots for magazines and opportunities to work at London Fashion Week.
Helen, from Grange Park, says one of the biggest attractions of the scheme is the chance to work with Anthony Mascolo, the founder of Tigi and Toni and Guy’s and one of her main hairdressing idols.
Helen, 23, said: “To say I am delighted is an understatement as it was my aim to make the Inspirational Youth Team.
“My mentoring by Tigi is going to be awesome and Anthony Mascolo is the king of hairdressing. I haven’t met him yet but I worked alongside the creative team at last year’s Parklife Festival which was fabulous.
“I can’t wait to come back from each mentoring in London so I can share my stories with my clients and work colleagues.”
Former St Helens College student Helen has been working at Shimmers for two years where she has developed her skills thanks to Tigi’s education and training programme.
Getting into the Inspirational Youth Team required submitting video evidence of her work, including work on bands’ and artists’ hair at Parklife and showcasing her skills in Indian bridal hair styling on stage at a show in Manchester.
She also had to complete a questionnaire detailing her extensive knowledge before being accepted on to the team.
Helen will have to juggle her mentoring in London around her young family, with her and partner Michael Lowe parents to six-month-old Scott.
She said: “The mentoring is on Monday which is when salons are often closed, so I will go down to London on Sunday and come back in time for us reopening.
“It’s not an inconvenience for work and Michael will have Scott while I’m away. Our parents are all really supportive so I can just about manage it.”
Shimmers Hair Salon owner Lynne Webster also paid tribute to Helen’s achievement in making the team.
She said: “It’s not a competition you enter once and hope to get in, you have to show exemplary and ground-breaking work consecutively over a long period of time.
“Helen had already worked with the creative team and been a guest student at The Tigi Academy in Manchester, so they knew a lot about her flair for her work.
“Helen has shown sheer skill, passion and determination for the industry and deserves to take her rightful place on the Tigi Inspirational Youth Team 201. We are extremely proud of her.”
Helen also thanked Lynne for her help in developing her career.
She said: “Lynne puts me forward for things and provided the training. She’s the business mind behind it and I couldn’t have done it without her.”