A NEWPORT hairdresser is waiting to hear whether she has set a Guinness World Record after completing more than 300 hairstyles in just 300 minutes.

Jenna McDonnell, 28, from Eveswell, began the ambitious challenge at 9.43am at St Joseph’s High School on Wednesday and finished up seven-and-a-half hours later after completing a further 20 hairstyles on top of her target of 300 to be safe.

There is no actual record for the task, so Ms McDonnell completed 320 of the same bridal-style hairdos, complete with French rolls, to ensure she made the target in front of independent witnesses, an independent hairdresser and Guinness’ cameras.

Speaking after an adrenaline-filled day, Ms McDonnell, who runs her own business on Chepstow Road, said she had to peel hairspray off her skin and give her watch a deep clean afterwards.

She said: “The first 10 of them were quite hard because I was shaking but as soon as I got over it, I was fine. The first 200 came quite quickly and the last 100 were dragging a bit.

“I worked with everyone sat on the same levels so when I was getting low on numbers of people to style, the same ones were coming around again.

“Luckily, I didn’t need the toilet at all and I didn’t eat anything.

"I wasn’t sure if I was going to do it – I didn’t want to eat because I just wanted to get it done."

It took just two cans of hairspray to complete the mammoth challenge with 180 models there on the day, including Ms McDonnell's sister, Collette Pullen, and her three-year-old niece, Grace McDonnell

The first and last model on the day was Rose Yendle, who lost her son Ieuan to a mystery illness in 2007, with the event also raising £600 for the Ieuan the Lion fund.

Praising the charity, Ms McDonnell added: "At the end of the day, the whole reason this started was for charity.

"It wasn’t about me, it was about everyone together pulling their weight."

A spokeswoman for Guinness World Records said: "We can confirm we have received the application and are reviewing the record attempt pending evidence."