Brown Sugar Salon Trainee Hairdressing Competition in Twenty Two Dublin

The Annual Trainee Competition event is always an exciting event for the Sugar Culture Team. This highly anticipated competition shows us the level of talent in the new up and coming hairdressers in our salons.

Sugar Culture prides itself on being home to some of the best hairdressers in the country, so these annual competitions are a very important time for the trainees as it is key opportunity for them to put everything they’ve learned in our training institute, in front of a panel of judges. Our trainees use this time of year to get creative and display some of the unique skills they’ve picked up from the other senior members of staff whom they work with.

With such a stellar track record with awards over the last couple of years, our trainees where hungry for a competition all their own. This event, also gives the Sugar Culture team an insight into what their trainees are capable of, which can be key to advancing their training and education.

The event took place in the cool surroundings of Twenty Two Dublin. Family and friends were invited along to watch the next generation of Sugar Culture hairdressers, go head-to-head with two models and a stage presentation to a large audience.

The salons taking part were


Brown Sugar – South William Street, Blackrock, Ranelagh

Sugar Cubed

Sugar Daddy barbers.

The Judges:

This years judges were Elayne Archbold, Aidan Darcy, Stephen Kelly, Geno Reilly and Suzanne Redmonde. These hairdressing pros were on the lookout for flawless execution of the brief, creative flair and a passion for the craft.

The Competition

In term one:

Kinga, Sarah, Sophie, Grace Y, Caoimhe, Evan P and Chiara were all tasked with the following brief:

  1. Global colour  with blow-dry (Global or Tint and Halo)
  2. Classic upstyle (ponytail, braid, chignon).

In term three

Emma O’Neill, Tammi, Emily, Kerrie and Jodie were all tasked with the Brief

  1. Cuts and free expression colour
  2. Bridal Upstyle

The Pre-Graduates

Neil, Alix, Grace K, Emma C and Chloe were all tasked with the Brief:

  1. Free expression cut and colour
  2. Free expression upstyle/avant garde

The Barbers

Seán C, Seán and Amber were all tasked with the Brief:

  1. Scissors over comb
  2. Clipper work 

The Winners

In term one Evan P came 3rd place, Chiara got to 2nd place and Caoimhe secured 1st place.

In term three Tammi came 3rd place, Kerrie got to 2nd place and Jodie secured 1st place.

For Pre-Graduate (Term four) Grace K came 3rd place, Emma got to 2nd place and Alix secured 1st place.

For the Barbers Sean came 3rd place,Sean C got to 2nd place and Amber secured 1st place.

The Overall Eugene Reilly Award winner was Alix O’Keeffe.

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