STORY BY | OYINKANSOLA ADEDOYIN
Marlene Abuah is Nigerian and she may be crowned Britain’s Best Amateur Hair Stylist if all goes well. Marlene is one of 10 contestants to compete on the BBC Two competition series ‘Hair’ which in its 2nd Season will see contestants put their hair know-how to the contest to determine who the best is.
Growing up in Nigeria, Marlene discovered her passion for styling hair from a young age and started charging her friends to braid their hair. But, she told BBC, “In Nigeria. hair isn’t a job“. Coupled with the pressure she felt from her parents to follow another career path, Marlene ended up studying Finance.
She later started banking in New York and found that it stifled her creativity. She stated – “I had to express myself through my hair; I was the girl in the suit with the massive afro.” She then left the finance world and returned to the UK where she discovered that hair was her only passion. Marlene is an African hair braid expert and wig maker who also works with natural hair and always likes her creative hairstyles to stand out.
Now, she works as a part-time mobile dresser at a local salon and says cutting European hair would be her biggest challenge.
Hosted by comedian Katherine Ryan, the search for Britain’s best amateur hair stylist returns for a brand new series on BBC Two. In a run of fresh challenges with increasingly high stakes, the 10 hopefuls – Marlene inclusive – will have to impress the judges: Royal hairdresser Denise McAdam, and stylist to the stars, Alain Pichon.
Each week across two episodes the amateur hair enthusiasts, aged 21 to 58, will be tested on every level. The judges want to see precision and perfection and are not afraid to tell the contestants exactly where they have gone wrong. In the freestyle challenge, wild creativity and bold imagination will get noticed when designing a jaw-dropping hairstyle to fit each week’s chosen theme – from iconic architecture to the world of ancient history.
Yet what the competitors don’t know is that those with the lowest ranking designs in the Freestyle will find themselves in the Eliminator – a short sharp test of their nerve and hairstyling know-how, demonstrated by the judges on Katherine’s own hair.
The second part sets the home hairdressers professional tasks, taking the competition out into real life scenarios with the added pressures of real deadlines to hit and clients to satisfy – whether styling at a pop-up 1920s vintage club, going behind the scenes at London Fashion Week, or taking on real brides at the Capital’s funkiest wedding fair.
Which of the hopefuls will prove themselves a cut above the rest and be crowned winner of Hair 2015? Marlene should have Nigerians rooting for her, home and abroad. The second series of ‘Hair’ will air on BBC Two 10pm on July 13.
SOURCES: BELLA NAIJA | DAILY MAIL UK | BBC TWO[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]