Award-winner off to Las Vegas event
Winning a prestigious hairdressing award "won't feel real" for Lyndsay Miller until she lands in Las Vegas.
The Christchurch hairdresser, of Soho Hair and Beauty, has won a Redken Colour Generation award for her retro-style competition entry.
She will fly to the United States next week to attend the Redken Symposium, along with about 8000 other international hair stylists.
"It's kind of crazy and I don't think it's really sunk in yet," she said. "I'm a bit nervous, to be honest, and I don't think it will feel real until I get there."
The event will be held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, where Miller will receive her Redken international influencer award and recreate her competition submission on a model.
Winners were expecting to be notified in early November but Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the US eastern seaboard at the time, delayed the announcement, and Miller said she had almost forgotten about it.
"It certainly wasn't foremost in my mind. In fact, I thought the reason I hadn't heard was because I had come last," she said.
Miller was the only New Zealander among the 19 people competing for the award.
She has been a hairdresser for about 18 years but said she "really got into colour" when working for Carl Watkins Hairdressing a few years ago.
"I now focus on my commercial stuff and I have colour technicians, but I like being able to teach other people and pass on my skills," she said.
The Soho salon used to be next to Alice in Videoland in the central city but has since relocated to Lincoln Rd in Addington.
Auckland hairdresser and multiple Hairdresser of the Year winner Mana Dave will also attend the symposium.