Meet the eight contestants taking part in brand-new BBC Three six-part series Hair, a gripping competition that showcases young British amateur skills in hair styling.
They are all very different and have unique visions, but one thing they have in common is they are all utterly passionate about hair. Whether it’s doing their friends’ hair for nights out or creating their own amazing styles, they are all keen with the curling tongs and scissors. Each week they will face three different challenges which will put to the test a distinct set of skills.
The stylists’ shelves have been stacked to the ceiling with every conceivable hair accoutrement, from Bardot-esque hair pieces to bobby pins, glittery hair grips to neon-coloured extensions, rows of gleaming scissors to a range of super-straighteners, curlers and crimpers. It’s a stylist’s paradise. But with the clock ticking on each challenge, there is no time to waste. The pressure will be on as each week one amateur will leave the competition. As the competition progresses, the challenges get more difficult so the amateurs will need to continually improve their skills and harness their creative flair to impress the judges.
The amateurs have everything they need and each of them truly believes they have what it takes to win the competition - but who will make the cut?
An enterprising Middlesbrough girl, 22-year-old Amy is a self-taught bridal hairstylist and beauty therapist. Amy honed her skills doing precise up-dos for her mum, sisters, and friends, before realising she could turn her hobby into a business. She now runs her own start-up bridal hair company and has expanded her business to incorporate tanning, eyelashes and nails. Northeast lass Amy is all about big hair - the bigger the better - and she loves to use extensions, wefts and padding to achieve the big look she loves. Amy is an absolute perfectionist and we won’t see a strand of hair out of place in any of her styles.
Sixteen year-old Kobi knew he wanted to be a hairdresser from the age of 10 and his passion has always been supported by his mum, also a hairdresser, who, since she began her own training, taught him everything she knows. Kobi couldn’t wait to start his training as a salon apprentice and even when he was studying for his GCSEs, he would spend two nights a week working in the salon, soaking up everything he could. Kobi loves to keep up to date with trends and loves art and photography. Ambitious Kobi dreams of being a session stylist as well as becoming Creative Director in a salon.
Warm and endearing, 24-year-old intensive care nurse Annie from Barnsley doesn’t have much time for glamour as part of her day job, but believing that everybody should have a work/life balance, she experiments with hair as her creative outlet and channels her passion for all things girly into her hair and beauty blog. Annie was inspired to create her hair and beauty blog after being continually asked how she does her hair. She specialises in creating wearable, achievable looks and loves to share her tips to help people experiment with their look and boost their confidence.
Twenty-five-year-old Laura is a lover of all-things vintage and uses self-taught traditional methods and techniques to achieve her looks. Currently a wigs and wardrobe supervisor at a theatre in Northampton, she taught herself how to do hair using original books from the 40s and 50s. Laura lives and breathes the vintage lifestyle and has honed her styling skills working on both her own hair and on others at vintage weekends she regularly attends. She specialises in styles from the 20s through to the 60s. She also posts online hair tutorials via her internet alter-ego Madame Medusa Beauty. Her dream is to turn vintage styling into a full-time career.
Eccentric Dominika, 29, loves creating super-sculpted styles that stand out from the crowd. Dominika studied art and design in her native Poland and moved to England eight years ago as an au pair before staying on to study make-up. Her hairstyles must always be creative and fun, and involve a lot of back-combing and accessories, from sequins to feathers, pom-poms and plastic frogs, to McDonald’s Happy Meal toys and fairy lights. Arty Dominika sees hair as a material that you can use to create amazing structures. She is self-taught and learnt classic styles by watching a colleague. She takes her inspiration from popular culture. She’s never happier than when she’s working on hair and has her trusty big bag of accessories by her side.
Self-taught stylist Marvin, 25, specialises in braids, weaves and extensions and makes his own wigs at home. Marvin started hairstyling as a 13 year-old, doing his little sister's hair for school. Weave-mad Marvin is a self-driven hair perfectionist who loves a challenge. He’s given everything a go - from cuts to colours, weaves and bridal hair, to Afro and European hair. He likes to make everyone around him smile. He hates to see people who are down and his friends always tell him that he should take up comedy.
Twenty-four year-old former secondary school teacher Ebuni’s specialities are experimental Afro hairstyles and classic up dos. She is a part-time salon trainee; after leaving her post as a science teacher to pursue youth work, she found her side-line of hairstyling took over. She started working with extensions at the age of 11 and she is a grafter. She is extremely competitive and is always pushing herself to achieve perfection. She describes styling hair as like knowing how to ride a bike: her hands know what to do but she couldn’t teach it.
A mum of two, Katie loves being brave and using big bold sculptured styles and shapes. Having previously pursued a career in fashion design, part time NVQ student Katie loves to construct hair pieces in elaborate shapes with chicken wire, oasis balls and discs. Katie will take risks during the contest in order to push herself. She’s the queen of practising and perfecting, often roping in her two young girls for hair tests. She is confident that her career lies in hairdressing and would love to find work in the film industry creating period looks.
Notes to Editors
Hair, 6x60-minute, is a BBC In-house production and is Executive Produced by Clare Sillery. It was commissioned by Zai Bennett, Controller of BBC Three, and Emma Willis, Head of Commissioning Documentaries.