Posted by Michelle, Salon Manager in Features.

Ursula Ociepka, from leading hair salon Spa Hair Studio in Claregalway, has been recognised as one of Ireland’s leading professional hair stylists following her success at reaching the Irish Heat of the hairdressing industry’s most prestigious competition, the Wella Professionals Trend Vision Award 2014, in the Color category.

Following the first round of judging for the annual Wella Professionals Trend Vision Award from hundreds of entries, thirty competitors in both the Young Talent and Color categories have been chosen to go through to the Irish Heat of the industry’s most aspirational hairdressing competition, set to take place on the 1st of September in the Double Tree by Hilton.

Judges for the Young Talent category included Darren Ambrose (D&J Ambrose), Jake Under (HOB Academy), Nicky Clarke (Nicky Clarke), Martyn Holmes (Strangeways), and Angelo Vallillo (Zullo & Holland). Whilst Color category judges were Brendan Fowles (Daniel Galvin), Claire Chell (Francesco Group), Hugh Campbell (Hugh Campbell Hair Group), Caroline Spencer (Sassoon), Leonardo Rizzo (Sanrizz), and Jayson Gray (Toni&Guy Academy). They were joined by a selection of Editors from the industry’s leading trade publications.

“I’m so proud to have been selected as a finalist of such a prestigious competition.”

“I’ve always had a huge passion for hair and I am very excited about taking part and competing against the best hairdressers in the country with the hope to be successfully selected to go on to compete at the UK & Ireland Final in October” says Ursula Ociepka.

Providing a chance for salon teams to go along and cheer on the finalists, the Ireland Heat is also an ideal chance to be inspired with the latest creative cut, colour and styling trends by the best in hairdressing.

All those fortunate to make it through to the Ireland Heat will be hoping they will wow the judges for a chance to make it through to the all-important UK & Ireland Final, which takes place on the 6th of October at the Roundhouse, Camden, London. And from London the two Gold winners will have the opportunity to represent Ireland at the International Final which will take place in Monaco in November.

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So whether you fancy a totally new style, brand new colour, the latest celeb look, or just want advice from the hairdressing elite, book your appointment now with Ursula Ociepka at Spa Hair Studio on 091 799 584 or [email protected].