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A HAIRDRESSING apprentice displayed a cutting edge in winning the first round of a prestigious skills competition.

Jess Davey, 17, a student at Highbury College in Cosham, beat competitors from colleges across the region with her bold asymmetrical cut and daring bright pink colouring, at the Pre-World Skills 2012 heat at Sparsholt College.

She said: ‘It feels good to have won and I didn’t expect it to be honest.

‘I created a hairstyle that was a little out there, but that a customer in the salon would want to wear. I think that’s what the judges were looking for – something progressive but wearable.’

Jess will now represent the south of England at the World Skills competition later this year.

Her assessor at Highbury, Lisa Ashwell, said: ‘I am extremely proud of her and what she has achieved.’