A trainee hairdresser beat stylists with decades of experience to be crowned with a respected award.
Emma Martin, who works at Tramps in Bedgrove, came up with an unusual butterfly creation which wowed judges at the Span hairdressing awards in Oxford.
The 19-year-old, who is studying for a level three NVQ in hairdressing, entered the free category at the event.
The tough class saw her pitted against veteran stylists, some of who had been in the business for 30 years.
Emma, who has worked at the salon for just two years, said: “I made the butterfly by doing a plait and then taking pieces of the hair into it to make the four wing shapes – it was great fun.
“Everyone from work was really pleased for me and a lot of my colleagues came to support me on the day.
“My boss was in Portugal, and called me to say ‘congratulations’.”
The former Grange School pupil from Elm Farm took just 45 minutes to complete the look, which she complemented with a homemade costume.
The contest, which took place in Oxford, displayed hairdressing talent from across the home counties.
Emma added: “It’s a brilliant confidence boost, especially as I haven’t quite finished my training yet.”