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Lilys Hair Salon in Diss placed in top five of Goldwell's Color Zoom UK competition

Alice Harvey of Lilys Hair Salon with her entry for a nationwide competition. Picture by Chris Morris.
Alice Harvey of Lilys Hair Salon with her entry for a nationwide competition. Picture by Chris Morris.

A Diss hair salon has been placed in the top five of a nationwide industry competition.

Following a day of intensive judging, Lilys Hair Salon in Victoria Road has been announced as one of the finalists by professional haircare brand Goldwell.

Owner Alice Harvey set up the business eight years ago at the tender age of 19.

She said: “This is a huge achievement for the business and my work, especially when we have been recognised by industry leaders as a small company up against leading salons.”

The national industry competition Color Zoom UK took place in London two weeks ago.

This year’s theme of “remix” saw entrants submit photographs of a styled model inspired by pop art and graphic minimalism, with a mix of bold colours, sharp contours and strong contrasts.

The entries were judged by industry experts such as Sophia Hilton, Sally Brooks and Jean-Baptist Mazella.

“Coming in the top five in the UK against more than 100 talented stylists is something I’m very proud of,” said Mrs Harvey, who lives in Tharston.

“Sometimes, being a young, female business owner, it’s quite difficult for people to take you seriously in business. You just have to put yourself out there.”

Entering the annual competition for the first time, Alice will now compete as a finalist at Printworks in London on July 28.

“This was my first year,” said Mrs Harvey. “We are in a different position this year, because I actually teach for the brand now, so we felt like we were ready to do it, now that we are more involved in the brand.”

For the finals, she will have to recreate the same look she submitted as a photographic entry live on stage in front of 1,000 people.

She said: “It’s an exciting thing and a huge opportunity, so you have to make the most of it. But, yes, the pressure will be on.”

Should she win, she will be invited to represent the UK at the global competition in Austria’s capital Vienna.

“Since starting the business in 2011, the salon has been a huge success and we plan to grow it even further,” said Mrs Harvey.

“We are currently recruiting to expand the salon team and are looking for stylists and colour technicians to join us.”

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