A cut above through the lens
Stylish cuts seal national winJEREMY OLDS
Sitting on a couch in her Timaru hair salon, Olivia O'Sullivan takes a break to reflect on her success.
Mrs O'Sullivan has been named Hairdresser of the Year at the New Zealand De Lorenzo photographic awards.
She also took out first place in the senior black and white photograph and the senior colourist sections.
Mrs O'Sullivan, who owns the Viva La Glam salons in Timaru and Fairlie, said the competition gave her a chance to let loose and create a hairstyle outside the comfort zone of her everyday customers.
For her entry, Mrs O'Sullivan drew inspiration from the catwalks of local and international fashion designers, as well as a hair expo she recently attended in Auckland.
"I really wanted to do some shapes, as opposed to the commercial work you see walking down the street.
"You really get to let your creative juices flow."
Entrants submitted photos of their hair creations to a judging panel of four.
Mrs O'Sullivan used her employee Becky Davis as her hair model and worked with a team of local photographers and makeup artists. Miss Davis' photograph will now hang in her salon.
She said it felt "amazing" to be officially recognised for her work.
"It's such a progressive industry, you constantly have to keep doing these [competitions] and doing them well.
"It's good to get your name out there."
This was the second time Mrs O'Sullivan had entered the competition – last year she won the senior colourist section.
As part of her prize, Mrs O'Sullivan received a $1500 product voucher and a $1500 travel voucher, which she said will go towards attending a hair expo in the future.
During her 14-year career as a hairdresser she has worked in salons around the world, including Australia and Ireland.
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