Fusion owner and senior hairstylist Debbie Tiddy is still bubbling after winning the Editorial Stylist of the Year award for South Canterbury.
Earlier this month, she received the honour at the New Zealand Industry Awards, held by the New Zealand Association of Registered Hairdressers in Auckland.
After entering five photographs into the South Canterbury regional section of the competition, and having three go on to become finalists, Mrs Tiddy said she was pleased to have won the award.
“It’s definitely a highlight,” she said.
“It’s nice to have your work recognised – there’s a lot of work that goes into putting it together.”
She had previously won the award in 2016 and was a finalist in 2015.
Last year, daughter Makaela Tiddy, who also works as a stylist at Fusion, was the winner of the award in the same competition.
“For five years, we’ve probably had our name out there for South Canterbury, so that’s good,” she said.
For her photos, Mrs Tiddy worked with professional models who wore wigs she had styled.
The hardest part of the competition was not being able to work with the models face to face.
“They’re quite hard to work with – you do all the prep here in the salon, but then you haven’t actually put it on the girl’s head,” she said.
“It probably takes three or four months of thinking, planning, and lots of work out of hours.”
Mrs Tiddy said she enjoyed the competition because it allowed her to get in touch with her creative side.
“You can be your most creative when you’re doing a photographic shoot. It’s just pushing the boundaries, really.
“It’s not your everyday, in-the-salon type hair – it’s extreme.”
She planned on entering next year’s competition but had not yet thought of any ideas for her entry.