Mullet's back, say top hair stylists

00:20, Jul 07 2014
Dan Sutherland
MULLET OVER: Model Morgan Arrowsmith poses during the Regional Hairdresser of the Year Awards held at Nelson Surburban Club.

Hairdressers are predicting a comeback of the "groovy mullet" after a top of the South Island hairdressing competition.

The Nelson Marlborough Association of Registered Hairdressers held its annual competition yesterday at the Nelson Suburban Club in Tahunanui.

The 2014 competition returned to Nelson from being held in Blenheim for the last couple of years.

"It was really good having it back here," said organiser Lauren Lewis.

"It was so much easier for the salons and it was nice to be back at the Suburban Club doing it." The number of competitors was small this year, she said.

"But, the skill of the people who were cutting and the standard was really high so that was great."


Four salons entered the competition with three from Nelson - Lewis' salon Cardells, Ursula Harris Hair Design, and Sophisticutz and one from Christchurch, Sutherland Todd.

Judges Aaron Karam Whalley, Niq James, Natasha King and Molly Gent chose the winners on the day, which included awards for directional cuts, urban styles, day hair, colours, newcomers, and an oceanic master cutter. This year's senior top cutter hairstyle by Cardells' Krissy Lee Pearce stood out on the day as "absolutely beautiful" and she was also named as the Oceanic master overall champion.

"The event went really well, we had really good success in my salon which was a real highlight.

"We cleaned up and took out most of the events so we had a great day," said Lewis.

The wins were a boost for team morale on an "amazing day", she said.

There was not a theme, but each hairdresser worked within their category, and there was a noticeable trend back towards the groovy mullet.

Lewis and her fellow competitors think longer fringes and shorter hair at the back is on the way out, making way for the shorter cut at the front with longer locks flowing over the neck.

The 20 hairdressers participating had to spend some time finding multiple models for the competition.

Requests for models were popping up on Nelson-related Facebook sites last week and Lewis said the hairdressers used any avenue available to find people to experiment new designs on including approaching random people on the street.

She said generally people were receptive, but the hardest category to find models for was the "directional haircut" - the creative style.

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