Friday 3 July 2015

Hair-raising creations are a cut above at the Irish Hairdressing Championsihips

Fiona Ellis

Published 10/03/2014 | 02:30

NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. aimee McGinty wears a design ( Loin of The Boyne) by Laura McQuillan, waits to be judge  on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel . Almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. aimee McGinty wears a design ( Loin of The Boyne) by Laura McQuillan, waits to be judge on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel . Almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
A model waits to be judged on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
Shannon Bradley wearing a design by Natasha Kelly on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
A model waits to be judged on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
A model waits to be judged on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. Saoire Passman from Newbridge doing the final touches to her design modelled by Aine o Connor as the wait to be judged on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel . Almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. A model waits to be judge on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel , almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. A model being judged on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel , almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. Jenna Whelan wears a design the dark themed "Midsummer Night's Nightmare' creation by Aishling Ryan before taking to the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel . Almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. A model waits to be judged on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel , almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. Saoire Passman from Newbridge doing the final touches to her design modelled by Aine o Connor as the wait to be judged on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel . Almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. Saoire Passman from Newbridge doing the final touches to her design modelled by Aine o Connor as the wait to be judged on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel . Almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. A model waits to be judged on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel , almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. Jenna Whelan wears a design the dark themed "Midsummer Night's Nightmare' creation by Aishling Ryan ( taking picture on left) before taking to the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel . Almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. Jenna Whelan wears a design the dark themed "Midsummer Night's Nightmare' creation by Aishling Ryan before taking to the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel . Almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. Jenna Whelan wears a design the dark themed "Midsummer Night's Nightmare' creation by Aishling Ryan before taking to the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel . Almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. A model waits to be judged on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel , almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. A model waits to be judge on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel , almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. A model waits to be judge on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel , almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. A model waits to be judged on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel , almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. Jenna Whelan wears a design the dark themed "Midsummer Night's Nightmare' creation by Aishling Ryan before taking to the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel . Almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. Jenna Whelan wears a design the dark themed "Midsummer Night's Nightmare' creation by Aishling Ryan before taking to the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel . Almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. A model waits to be judge on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel , almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. A model waits to be judge on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel , almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. A model waits to be judge on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel , almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. Shannon Bradley wearing a design by Natasha Kelly on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel , almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014.Aine o Connor wears a design by Saoire Passman from Newbridge waits to be judged on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel . Almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. aimee McGinty wears a design ( Loin of The Boyne) by Laura McQuillan, waits to be judge on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel . Almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

The air was thick with excitement and hairspray.

More than 250 of the best stylists in the country had gathered at the Irish Hairdressing Championship yesterday.

Using props and materials, hairdressers styled, crimped and coiffed with purpose.

Trussed into a tight corset and wearing a bird wired to her head was all in a day's work for 28-year-old performance artist Jenna Whelan from Waterford.

The macabre style came from the imagination of Aisling Ryan (27) from Urban Hype salon in Waterford.

Entering her look 'Victorian Secrets' into the Trainee Creative Fantasy category was Teresa Conroy (23), from Belmullet, who is a stylist at Salon 2 Hairdressers in Sligo.

NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. A model waits to be judged on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel , almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. A model waits to be judged on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel , almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. Jenna Whelan wears a design the dark themed "Midsummer Night's Nightmare' creation by Aishling Ryan before taking to the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel . Almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. Jenna Whelan wears a design the dark themed "Midsummer Night's Nightmare' creation by Aishling Ryan before taking to the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel . Almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. A model waits to be judge on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel , almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. A model waits to be judge on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel , almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. A model waits to be judge on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel , almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. Shannon Bradley wearing a design by Natasha Kelly on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel , almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014.Aine o Connor wears a design by Saoire Passman from Newbridge waits to be judged on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel . Almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. aimee McGinty wears a design ( Loin of The Boyne) by Laura McQuillan, waits to be judge on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel . Almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. aimee McGinty wears a design ( Loin of The Boyne) by Laura McQuillan, waits to be judge on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel . Almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. A model waits to be judge on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel , almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. A model waits to be judged on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel , almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. A model waits to be judge on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel , almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. A model waits to be judged on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel , almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. Jenna Whelan wears a design the dark themed "Midsummer Night's Nightmare' creation by Aishling Ryan before taking to the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel . Almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. Jenna Whelan wears a design the dark themed "Midsummer Night's Nightmare' creation by Aishling Ryan before taking to the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel . Almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. Jenna Whelan wears a design the dark themed "Midsummer Night's Nightmare' creation by Aishling Ryan ( taking picture on left) before taking to the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel . Almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. A model waits to be judged on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel , almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. Saoire Passman from Newbridge doing the final touches to her design modelled by Aine o Connor as the wait to be judged on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel . Almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. Saoire Passman from Newbridge doing the final touches to her design modelled by Aine o Connor as the wait to be judged on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel . Almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. A model waits to be judged on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel , almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. Jenna Whelan wears a design the dark themed "Midsummer Night's Nightmare' creation by Aishling Ryan before taking to the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel . Almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. A model being judged on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel , almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. A model waits to be judge on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel , almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
NO REPRO FEE. 9/3/2014. Saoire Passman from Newbridge doing the final touches to her design modelled by Aine o Connor as the wait to be judged on the competition floor at the 2014 IHF National Hairdressing Championships in City West Hotel . Almost 300 of the best stylists in the country are currently competing for the accolade of Irish Hairdresser of the Year.For more information visit www.irishhairfed.com .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

Gerrard Hynes, president of the Irish Hairdressers Federation (IHF), said the talent surpassed previous years. "I'm seeing a much, much higher standard this year," he said. The awards will determine IHF Hairdresser of the Year, IHF Barber/Men's Hairdresser of the Year and IHF Trainee of the Year.

Irish Independent

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