The ‘Twisted Circus’ came to Liverpool earlier this month as Voodou Training hosted their annual competition, to find Liverpool’s Hair Stylist of the Year.

Big Fat Gypsy Wedding dressmaker Thelma Madine and Big Brother’s first ever winner Craig Phillips were among the celebrity guests at the event, hailed by organisers as the ‘biggest and best ever’.

Thelma, a client of Voodou’s, who judged the competition for artistic flair said, “Voodou asked me to come and be a judge and I though it was really an honour. The competition’s been absolutely amazing, so hard to judge but fantastic, really good!”

Not your average hairdressing competition, the event was staged by Voodou Training and took place at Nation, the home of superclub Cream. Juice FM presenter Baz Todd and Liverpool singer Chelcee Grimes were among the entertainment at the annual event, which this year had the theme of Twisted Circus and included an outstanding array of weird and wonderful costumes.

The event held a number of competitions for Voodou trainees in both hairdressing and barbering from salons all across the city. Winners on the night included Bart Baxter, Ross Barscragg, Frankie White, Kev Martin, Kate Wilson, Alex Taggart, Alan Robinson and Chloe Jeffries, who were all awarded their prizes in front of the live audience.

The overall Hairstylist of the Year award went to Abbie Rowan from Q-Dos Hair Designs in Toxteth, after she competed against all other hair salons from across Merseyside.

Rob Webb, founder and MD of Voodou, said: “Once again, our competition showed what amazing talent and creativity we can boast in our industry, not only at Voodou but at salons across the city.

“It was a fantastic day that really celebrated what Voodou is all about – fun, creativity and individuality. A huge well done to all of our winners, who I’m sure will go on to have very successful careers as stylists.”

Thanks to the event, Voodou Training raised an impressive £1,200 for local children’s hospice Claire House.