5. Style awards
Check out results of the 2015 Manawatu Hairdressing Awards.
For the UCOL hairdressing teaching team, developing great hairdressers doesn’t just mean time in the salon.
The hairdressing lecturers believe that alongside practical skills and client contact, it is important for students to build their confidence and become a part of the hairdressing community by participating in industry events.
One of these events was the regional hairdressing competitions, where the sense of community was evident in the large team of students and staff who came out to support the staff and students who were competing.
Carrie Fraser has been a hairstylist for 17 years, working in several salons around Palmerston North before joining the UCOL teaching team. Carrie was runnerup in the Oceanic Cutting and third in senior cutting.
For students, this was a great opportunity to see seasoned stylists in action, and to inspire participation in future competitions.
Carrie believes it is important for lecturers in any industry to set an example for students to participate in industry events.
‘‘The students that we had in the competition this year did a fantastic job, and the pay-off for us as teachers is not just those students succeeding, but in the interest that is sparked for the students who did not compete.’’
Some of these students are now working towards entering their first photographic competitions where they will be judged on the cut and the editorial look. The UCOL hairdressing lecturers hope that this will be a stepping stone towards live competitions.
‘‘Live competitions are an entirely different ball game, and it takes a lot of courage for students who have only been hairdressing for one or two years to stand in front of a large crowd and seasoned stylists.’’
Year One (Certificate in Salon Support) student Lee Nahona and Year Two (Certificate in Salon Practice) student Tara Laurent, both came away winners in the Novice Styling (Year 1 and 2) category for their hair up and set and style respectively.
Second year Certificate in Salon Practice student Aku Morrow, placed runnerup in the apprentice category for his cut and style and was up against apprentices based fulltime in salons.