Oamaru hairdresser makes it into major competition

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An Oamaru hairdresser will compete in an Australasian hairdressing competition after cleaning up at the Southland regional competition last Sunday.

Blondini’s owner Megan Mitchell is competing in the 2014 Industry Awards in Wellington in November after coming second in the Oceanic Master Hairdressing Masters Competition Awards as part of the New Zealand Association of Registered Hairdressers Southland Regional Competition in Invercargill on July 20.

She also came first in the overall styling award, first for the night style and also first for the day style at the NZARH competition.

Ms Mitchell has been competing since she became a hairdresser 26 years ago and has picked up a number of awards over the years but had never received this many in one go, she said.

“I really love doing the competitions.

“It keeps you passionate and really inspired.”

For the night style (which needed to be long hair) she did two different types of braids and for the day style (short hair) she did a layered type of bob.

She based her Oceanic Master Hairdressing Masters entry on Alexander McQueen’s feather collection.

She has already started planning her entry for the Industry Awards – Oceanic Hairdressing Masters Competition Awards on November 9, but because it was such a high quality competition, she had a lot of work to do, Ms Mitchell said.

“It means I really have to pick my game up.”

Two other hairdressers from Blondini’s also entered and placed in the competition.

Jacqui Armstrong came second in urban cut and Kristy Forbes came fourth in urban day style.

Several hairdressers from Fusion Hair Design also received placings.

Stacey Jordan came fourth in urban cut, Megan Leith came fourth in senior night hair and third in senior day style and Renee Verdonk came fourth in newcomer night hair and second in newcomer directional cut.

By RUBY HARFIELD

PHOTO: RUBY HARFIELD

CUTTING EDGE: Blondini’s owner Megan Mitchell holding two of the awards she won in Invercargill.