Two TyneMet hairdressing apprentice students and their teacher are taking part in a national competition to design the perfect hairstyle for the coming autumn-winter season.

The Aveda Image Awards 2010 is open to salons from across the country. The students and teacher also work at Zuenziga salon in Bedlington in Northumberland.

The team is led by teacher and stylist Kay Walker. Two students, Kylie Benson from Cullercoats and Lucy Winthorpe from Walkerville came up with some exciting hair designs for models who then took part in a photoshoot at TyneMet for the competition.

Their entry is supported by Zeunziga's creative director, Rob Wood. He said: "It's brilliant to know we've got TyneMet behind us. The college has given us the use of their great facilities to help us create the designs and produce the photoshoot."

For her entry, Kylie Benson created a 1930's-type design with quiff and French roll. Lucy Winthorpe came up with a design inspired by the film, 'Highlander'.

Their teacher Kay Walker said: "This competition provides the students with a great link-up with their salon work and their training at TyneMet. The two work hand-in-hand. It's great experience for them just to get ready for a competition like this. With 130 salons taking part we'd be delighted just to get to the finals in London in October, let alone win a prize."

This is the first year TyneMet and Zuenziga have taken part in the competition.