A KELTY salon are in the running to be a cut above after reaching the semi-finals of a national competition.

Guilty Hairdressing, Blackhall Square, will travel to Glasgow at the end of this month hoping to reach the grand final of the L'Oréal Colour Trophy Award for 2019 after weaving their way through the first round.

The longest running live hairdressing competition, having begun 64 years ago, it aims to showcase the UK's brightest hairdressing talents and some of the most influential names in the industry, including Charles Worthington MBE, judged photographic images from salons in the opening round.

Owned by husband and wife Craig and Claire Thomson, who have been in business for around a year, the team will now take part in the Scottish regional semi-final on March 31 for a chance to reach June's grand final.

And, while they are hoping to weave their way to national success, they are hopeful of adding some colour within their community by organiser a fundraiser in aid of Kelty Primary School pupil Luke Martin, who suffers from muscular dystrophy.

A progressive and genetically inherited condition, muscular dystrophy gradually causes the muscles to weaken, leading to an increasing level of disability.

Along with Kelty professional boxer Craig Morgan – who is sponsored by Guilty Hairdressing – Craig is hoping to organise a sportsperson's dinner with Kelty Hearts FC's manager, and former Rangers and Scotland captain, Barry Ferguson as one of its speakers.

Craig commented: "We are in the early stages of organising it but Craig wanted to give something back to the community, and we do too.

"Luke is the happiest wee boy, takes it all on his shoulders and deals with it, whereas his parents need a bit of a hand. He is wheelchair-bound, so I can understand it can't be easy generally for them day-to-day, but they're not the type of people to ask for anything.

"We're looking to raise what we can. It's about supporting our local community."

On reaching the semi-final of the L'Oréal Colour Trophy Award, he added: "I have to say that I am very proud of my wife and the girls for getting through.

"It's probably the biggest competition; 5,000 salons entered, but only 32 got through to the semi-finals. It's quite an achievement from a salon that has only been open for the last year.

"It's one of these things that gets a small village like Kelty recognised for having quality."