A hairdresser beat off 600 other entries to win a national contest.
Melissa Chapman, 30, of Hemel Hempstead, recently won the top prize in the ‘bridal and prom’ category for first-year trainee stylists in the 10th annual Central Joshua Galvin Photographic Hairdressing Awards.
She had to make a model’s hair look fit for a wedding.
Melissa has now finished her training course at Berkhamsted’s The Arrocca School of Hairdressing, which she began after growing tired of working in administration.
She previously attended Sylvia Young Theatre School in London’s Marylebone from the age of 11, where she trained as an actress. She played lead roles on TV from 15 to 22, but then the work dried up.
Melissa said: “I am on such a high and feel quite proud of myself as changing my career at the age of 30 was a bit of a risk.
“I am now engaged to marry my partner David of four years who has supported me the whole way and I couldn’t have done it without him.
“To top it off we are expecting our first baby on Christmas Day – 2014 has definitely been a wonderful year for me.
“I enjoy every aspect of hairdressing but my Hair Up is where I am at my best.
“I love being creative and can’t wait to get more and more bookings for weddings and event hair and make-up styling.”
> You can learn more about Melissa’s new business Forever Rose by phoning her on 07527 142225, emailing Melissa@ 4ever-rose.com or visiting www.4ever-rose.com