5. Style awards

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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.

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