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Lydia Richmond of MR. Barbers in Bishop's Stortford is recognised at the National Student Barber Awards

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A Bishop's Stortford barber who took up the trade just over a year ago has achieved national recognition.

Lydia Richmond, 25, started working at North Street establishment MR. Barbers in September 2018 and has only been cutting hair properly for around seven months.

And she has already made her mark after being awarded second place in the Basic Haircut and Finish category by the British Barbering Association in the National Student Barber Awards 2019.

Lydia Richmond with MR. Barbers’ head of education Yucel Olmezkaya
Lydia Richmond with MR. Barbers’ head of education Yucel Olmezkaya

The Hadstock resident, who went to Saffron Walden County High School and Long Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge, decided on a career in barbering not only because she is passionate about cutting but also because she wanted to help people on a personal level who may suffer with mental health issues and anxiety.

"I'm so excited to have come second in a national competition, especially so early on in my career," said Lydia. "This is hopefully the first of many and I'm very happy that I was able to represent MR. Barbers in the process.

"I have a lot of self-doubt at times and this has reaffirmed that I'm right where I'm supposed to be."

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