NZARH – NZ Hair Stylist Of The Year – host city WINNERS


How did you get into the industry?

I was actually a hair model for Alisha Loach in the 2017 Southland regional comps and then a model again for the 2017 Supremes in Hamilton and seeing that whole other side to the hairdressing industry is what made me want to be part of it.


What got you into NZARH Competitions and what makes you want to keep on competing?

My first experience with comps was being a model and thats what made me really want to be on the other side of the chair. The thing that makes me want to keep competing is nothing feels better than having some creative freedom and the adrenaline rush you get competing live is just a whole other level. Also, you can't photoshop live competitions!


Why is training apprentices important to you? How are apprenticeships important to you?

Seniors in my salon always say that education is one of the most important things for us as hairdressers, being educated is so important so that we can be providing the best services to our clients. I think apprenticeships are great, learning on the job AND getting paid? Its fantastic.


You and your team competed in the NZARH Hairstylist of the Year live competitions in Dunedin recently, how was the experience for you?

Being from Invercargill, the day of competitions was huuuuge for all of my team as we all had to drive three hours from home to get to the venue. But its okay! My wee Suzuki Swift was packed to capacity with all my models and my gear and we made it. The competitions themselves were such a cool experience I love seeing all the work other people produce.


What’s next for you and your salon?

The next step for me is getting qualified and definitely competing again in 2020. I cannot wait to see what the future brings!



How did you get into the industry?

From as young as I can remember I’ve always wanted to be a creative hairstylist! My mum was a hairdresser before I was born so maybe it’s in the blood. I moved cities at 17 to pursue my passion as a hairstylist and here we are!


What got you into NZARH Competitions and what makes you want to keep on competing?

Competitions were something I was always keen on being a part of so I was lucky enough to have an apprenticeship in a salon which encouraged me to compete! I continue competing because I love getting creative with an amazing team and creating new, inspiring looks. Pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone is where the magic happens!


Why is training apprentices important to you? How are apprenticeships important to you?

Training apprentices is so important for the future of our hairdressing industry. We as qualified stylists have the ability to share our knowledge and nurture our up and coming stylists. I can’t wait to one day share my passion with an apprentice and to help them grow into an incredible young stylist!


You and your team competed in the NZARH Hairstylist of the Year live competitions in Dunedin recently, how was the experience for you?

I always love competition day! Seeing the talent, feeling the energy and the buzz of excited stylists. I really feed off it all! This year was different for me as I was less than 6 months into a new business and I was close to throwing in the towel. But thanks to an amazingly run day with a fantastic support team, I was so pleased I entered!


What’s next for you and your salon?

I have a few things up my sleeve for what is happening with me but I can’t reveal much just yet! However I am passionate about education and sharing my knowledge with other stylists so it will be involving that. For our salon Zen, we have so many dreams and aspirations but we haven’t even been operating for 1 year so we are focused on completing our first successful year in business!



How did you get into the industry?

I was lucky enough to be given a trial for an apprenticeship without any prior experience. Self taught l could cornrow and do lots of different braids this helped me stand out and land my apprenticeship. Learning on the job was an absolute dream.


What got you into NZARH Competitions and what makes you want to keep on competing?

I entered my first nzarh comp only 3 months into my apprenticeship and I absolutely loved it and I realized this was my art! Competing helps push you to new heights of creativity and in that pressure great art happens!


Why is training apprentices important to you? How are apprenticeships important to you?

It is very important to look after the next generation, it's how we give back to the industry. My apprenticeship was very stop start so know how important it is to have a supportive salon with good a structure of training.


You and your team competed in the NZARH Hairstylist of the Year live competitions in Christchurch recently, how was the experience for you?

Yes it was a great experience to do it as a team! Always a great day of pure honest creative hairdressing. I liked the new location great natural lighting and there was a sense of close community, perfect atmosphere to share knowledge and learn from others.


What’s next for you and your salon?

We are working on new goals for 2020 and have just signed up two new apprentices. We want to excel in training and advance our skills entering more competitions. We are also celebrating 10 years next year!



How did you get into the industry?

I started my hairdressing journey through my high schools' gateway program. On my first day in the salon, one of the senior stylists was doing a perm. Everyone complained about the smell but personally I was hooked. Everything sorta clicked into place after that.


What got you into NZARH Competitions and what makes you want to keep on competing?

Zibido has always entered into competitions and done photoshoots etc... the boss always pushes us to do our best and enter as much as we can. I love the atmosphere of competitions and seeing what other stylists are putting out. It's really inspiring to see the latest trends and techniques come alive on the competition floor.


What’s next for you and your salon?

I'm looking forward to the next few years at Zibido and seeing what the future brings!



How did you get into the industry?

I wanted to become a hairdresser from the age of 11. Had the coolest hairdresser & I just wanted to be her. My older sister started an apprentice in a salon in Pukekohe and I got to spend my holiday's doing work experience & that cemented my love of hairdressing.


What got you into NZARH Competitions and what makes you want to keep on competing?

My first competition was 19 years ago at the Waikato NZARH regionals. What an eye opener. I absolutely loved how crazy it was. After that I was lucky enough to do a few photoshoots but didn't really get into comps until owning my own salon. Competitions are my creative outlet. This is what keeps my passion alive. Live competitions truly show the talent of a stylist. Anyone can create an amazing image with a shoot, but to create a perfect style live on the floor is talent!


Why is training apprentices important to you? How are apprenticeships important to you?

I love sharing my knowledge & skills with the next generation of stylists. Apprentices are our future as an industry and we need to guide them so we can keep our industry strong. It's such an invaluable way of learning.


You and your team competed in the NZARH Hairstylist of the Year live competitions in Hamilton recently, how was the experience for you?

My team always love to compete in our city. We worked our little bums off this year with myself being a drill sergeant! We love to challenge ourselves & love when our visions come together. The only thing we all wish was that there were more competitors. We know that Hamilton has incredible talent & it's sad that only a handful of salons competed.


What’s next for you and your salon?

We are planning our shoots for next year all ready. So we are all excited about that. Every year we apply for a grant from our council to go towards sustainability in our industry. So we need to get our thinking caps on to see how we can spread the sustainable word. We want to focus on growing our stylists. Focus on their goals to better themselves & our industry.



How did you get into the industry?

I got involved in the industry in 2017 when I was only 16. I've always had a love for hair and so when I found out about BHB Academy through high school I knew this was my chance to get into the industry early and begin my career.


What got you into NZARH Competitions and what makes you want to keep on competing?

Throughout my journey at BHB Academy they have exposed me to all aspects of the industry with one of those being NZARH competitions. I am a very creative person by nature and so being able to let my creativeness run wild with my passion of hair is one of the best aspects of the industry. I love simply being at the competitions as I get to see everyone's amazing creations which really inspire me to get in and try it myself.


Why is training apprentices important to you? How are apprenticeships important to you?

Training is very important to me because it helps you to learn new techniques and perfect your craft as being a stylist. It also helps raise the standard of the industry if everyone is getting trained to high level which reflects well on us. I believe that you can never stop learning and being in our industry there is just so much to learn and to see which really inspires me to keep learning to help perfect my craft.


You and your team from BHB Academy competed in the NZARH Hairstylist of the Year live competitions in Palmerston North recently, how was the experience for you?

It was amazing. Coming from a training facility, it's great how we can work as a team and support each other as we grow into stylists. Everyone truly enjoyed the day and it was really inspiring for us as emerging stylist to see this side of the industry and have a go at it ourselves.


What’s next for you and your salon?

I am currently training in the barber side of the industry to further perfect my skills and to become more of a well rounded stylist. Being in the barbershop has really opened my eye to a new aspect of the industry which I love and may further pursue after my training at BHB Academy.



How did you get into the industry?

I've always loved hairdressing. As a young girl, I used to cut mine and my sisters barbie dolls hair, so always knew hairdressing was what I wanted to do.


What got you into NZARH Competitions and what makes you want to keep on competing?

I started competing early on in my career because I loved the competitive aspect of it, and it gives you an opportunity to challenge yourself along side like minded stylists. I keep competing in competitions because it challenges me, and keeps my work current which I love.


Why is training apprentices important to you? How are apprenticeships important to you?

In my time as a stylist and salon owner, I've trained a large number of apprentices which have gone on to win a lot of competitions and NZ honours. Apprentices are the future for our industry and I love sharing my knowledge and seeing them grow into confident Stylist. Without putting time and energy into apprenticeships we will fall short as an industry. We want Hairdressing as a career to be strong and grow, and training young ones correctly is the way we can do that.


You competed in the NZARH Hairstylist of the Year live competitions in Palmerston North recently, how was the experience for you?

I thoroughly enjoyed competing again. As I haven't competed for a few years, I wanted to see if I still had what it takes. I wanted to test myself and I was either going to sink or swim. Luckily I swam.


What’s next for you and your salon?

I want to see people get to the best version of themselves that they can be. My passion is hairdressing and my gift is that I can get the best out of people so they can see how amazing they are. When this all aligns its a beautiful thing to witness.