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Local student’s creativity makes the cut


STELLARTON - A local NSCC student fared well in a provincial cosmetology skills competition recently, coming out on top for her women’s creative cut and colour as well as placing third overall.

Ashley Corbett, a second-year student from Trenton, competed in Halifax on Feb. 9 as part of the Nova Scotia Skills Competition, which sees students display their talents in various trades.

“I was really nervous at first. Once I was into it, it was the best thing ever. … I loved every second of it,” she said of the experience.

The competition, which took place at the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia, began at 8 a.m., wrapping up at 5:30 p.m.

Starting from a blond wig with shoulder-length hair, Corbett, who has been preparing since January, had four and a half hours to cut, colour, and style her mannequin’s hair.

She used every second, she said.

Her idea came from past styles she’s seen, tweaked to make it her own.

“I really wasn’t expecting it,” she said of winning in the women’s category. “Everybody was so good, and the judges even said that they hadn’t seen such skill and talent in a while. … It was really exciting. I just couldn’t believe it when they called my name.”

Kathy Skoke-Fortin, her instructor, said Corbett’s talent, and the time and energy she put into it were key.

“Ashley’s talent and dedication, and perseverance are really what won the competition.”

Ashley Corbett, a second-year student from Trenton, competed in Halifax on Feb. 9 as part of the Nova Scotia Skills Competition, which sees students display their talents in various trades.

“I was really nervous at first. Once I was into it, it was the best thing ever. … I loved every second of it,” she said of the experience.

The competition, which took place at the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia, began at 8 a.m., wrapping up at 5:30 p.m.

Starting from a blond wig with shoulder-length hair, Corbett, who has been preparing since January, had four and a half hours to cut, colour, and style her mannequin’s hair.

She used every second, she said.

Her idea came from past styles she’s seen, tweaked to make it her own.

“I really wasn’t expecting it,” she said of winning in the women’s category. “Everybody was so good, and the judges even said that they hadn’t seen such skill and talent in a while. … It was really exciting. I just couldn’t believe it when they called my name.”

Kathy Skoke-Fortin, her instructor, said Corbett’s talent, and the time and energy she put into it were key.

“Ashley’s talent and dedication, and perseverance are really what won the competition.”

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