Freshbrook hairdressing trainee Marco Recchioni was amazed when he was named as one of the top three finalists in the national Saks Apprentice awards – beating 200 other entrants.
Marco, 22, from Worsley Road, entered the competition for experience just one month after he started his training at Hairworks, owned by his aunt Anne Pileggi. When he was named as a finalist he couldn’t believe it.
“I was excited and a bit nervous when I took part but when I found out I’d been placed in the top three I was shocked. Anne used to be involved in lots of competitions, that’s why she was keen for me to go, so now I’m following in the family footsteps!
Anne said, "Marco’s achievement was incredible, coming so early in his career."
Entrants were challenged to create an innovative commercial look and Marco gave 18-year-old salon apprentice Catherine Jefferies the Billy Idol image that was in vogue before she was born – hair coloured blonde, short and tight in the nape, building up in texture, volume and length to the top and front.
Marco, who should complete his training this year, also has a passion for acting and had been offered a place at theatre school in New York.
“The two ambitions go together – the whole competition was a big performance. I’ve had a passion for styling for a long time, so it was great for my ideas to be recognised. The more I style the more I’m learning about new hair techniques. Now I’m looking forward and thinking of the next competition!"