Hairdressing elite's follical challenge

LUZ ZUNIGA/Stuff.co.nz

Local stylists showed off their skills during the Regional Hair Stylist of the Year Award competition, at NMIT, on Sunday.

Aided by some very trusting models, the best hairstylists in Nelson and Marlborough tested the limits of gravity, colour and skill in their quest to snip and cut with New Zealand's best.

The NZ Association of Registered Hairdressers' regional competition was held at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology on Sunday, where 17 participants from five salons, including NMIT students, demonstrated their abilities in live and presentation events before judges Niq James, Bethany Paige-Woods and Natasha Bird.

While competitors were marked on overall skill and technique, imagination and fashion co-ordination were factored in to the final standings for categories such as the hair by night.

It was a sea of colour and contrasting styles at the competition.
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It was a sea of colour and contrasting styles at the competition.

With her family and friends in the audience, Nelson third year apprentice Casey Taylor of HairCraft admitted to some nerves ahead of her performance in the hair up and colour categories.

However, she had been taking some inspiration by watching her boss Hayleigh Hamilton in action earlier in the day.  

"It was her that got me here, she's won trophy after trophy – she's pretty insane."

After claiming three senior stylist titles in the Day Style and Cut categories, Hamilton was one of five hairdressers named in the supreme team to represent Nelson at the NZARH stylist of the year competition in Hamilton on October 8.

Other provisional winners on the day included Renee Sturgeon of NMIT, Jayde Squire from HairCraft and Mary-Ellen Brown of Vivo Hair and Beauty.

Taylor said the main satisfaction that she took from her chosen career path was the ability to add individual flair in creating a unique look.

"I would say that you always develop your own style – it really doesn't matter how many people you watch, you go in and try to do something from someone else but it'll always ends up being your own creation."

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 - Stuff

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