AN OMAGH hairdresser has won a prestigious hair colouring competition in Dublin that is simply to dye for.
Emma Finlay picked up first place in the ‘Fantastic Hair Colourist Award’ category of Alfaparf’s annual ‘Fantastic Hairdresser Awards 2017’.
The glittering ceremony was held in the Clayton Hotel, Dublin on Saturday.
Competing against 38 other hair stylists from across Ireland and the North, the 32-year-old was tasked with giving her live model – Deborah McCrory from Omagh – a brand new look from head-to-toe.
But there was a catch. Not only did Emma need to cut, colour and style her model’s hair and choose her outfit… She also needed to mix a unique hair colour which isn’t currently available on a shade chart.
“It meant that you needed to be really creative with your mixing of colours,” Emma, who works in Couture Hair, explained. “Deborah has an amazing face, and she pulled off the look perfectly.”
Emma added, “All the girls from the salon came to support me in the audience, and to come out on top with such a prestigious award was unbelievable. I was completely shocked to win.”
Impressively, the accolade will now see Emma travel to Valencia in June to represent Ireland in the European finals of the Alfaparf competition.
If Emma wins this, the brand will manufacture her unique hair colour for professional salons to use across the globe.
Meanwhile, Omagh had even more reason to celebrate, as Hi-tec’s Noleen Devlin – alongside her live model Sophie Brown – came second place in Alfaparf’s ‘Fantastic Hair Colourist Award’.