Hairdresser makes the cut for national competition

The ten finalists of the TIGI Inspirational Youth Project, featuring Monet Whincop from Stamford, pictured centre. EMN-140810-144050001
The ten finalists of the TIGI Inspirational Youth Project, featuring Monet Whincop from Stamford, pictured centre. EMN-140810-144050001

A young hairdresser from Stamford has been chosen out of thousands to be in the final of a major hairdressing competition.

Monet Whincop (21) from Garie Nigel Hairworks in Silver Lane, Stamford is one of ten finalists that have been chosen to compete at Salon International at XL Arena in London.

The competition is part of the TIGI Inspirational Youth Project 2014 for 18 to 25 year olds, which Monet applied for back in April.

Monet was selected and attended a five day boot camp down in London this June for a number of training sessions with the TIGI experts.

The final will take place on Monday (13 October) at Salon International, where Monet will take to the stage to perform a demonstration of her cutting, colouring and styling skills, including a professional catwalk featuring her work on real models.

Alongside performing, Monet will have to give a running commentary to hundreds of spectators and a panel of judges, including the founder of TIGI, Anthony Mascolo.

If Monet is one of two successful winners in the competition then she will go on to compete globally in Las Vegas next year.

Monet, who started her career in hairdressing as an apprentice with New College Stamford, has now been working at Garie Nigel’s for five years as a designer.

Monet said: “I didn’t expect to get through, so the nerves are really starting to kick in now.

“Its a great opportunity and I’m excited to be a part of such a major competition.”