A TAUNTON hairdressers has scooped another top award just one week after being named as a national finalist in the South West Hairdresser of the Year contest.

Abby Whittaker of Sarah Hodge Hairdressing was named as the winner of the partner category at the 2016 UK Color Zoom Awards.

The gold award winner has won an all-expenses-paid trip to Stockholm, where she and her model will participate in a live final in Sweden with her model.

There Abby will be part of a live international finale competing against national winners from all over the world.

She said: “It was fabulous. Coming from somewhere like Taunton in Somerset you don’t think you stand a chance. You think you have no chance, but I was delighted to win.”

The UK awards ceremony was held in the historic Guildhall in London, with more than 450 salon professionals in attendance.

Competitors at the final, which takes place on October 6 will also get the chance to be part of the Color Zoom 2018 collection.