Oamaru hairdressing apprentice Makaela Tiddy has won a major national award. She has been named New Zealand Association of Registered Hairdressers next generation editorial stylist. The category is open to those aged 21 or under and, at just 19, she will still be eligible for the next two years. Miss Tiddy collected her award in Auckland on Sunday. She was escorted by her mother, Debbie Tiddy, who was there in her own right. The owner of Fusion Hair, Mrs Tiddy won the award for South Canterbury Editorial Stylist. The competitions entailed creating a hairstyle suitable for a magazine cover, and sending in a photograph of it. Miss Tiddy said she did a lot of searching online for inspiration, including Instagram images, and looked at fashion magazines. She put togethera mood board to develop an idea of the style she wanted. She has used the same model for the past two years, Jasmine Ng, who grew up in Oamaru and was now modelling professionally in Dunedin. The two achieved success in last year’s South Canterbury Editorial Stylist contest, with an image now displayed in Fusion’s Thames St window. Miss Tiddy said Miss Ng was happy to let her do anything she wanted with her hair, and to pose for photographs. Miss Tiddy also did Miss Ng’s makeup this year, and the makeup for Mrs Tiddy’s model, Ally Woock. They hired a Christchurchbased photographer to take the shots to be sent away. The judges whittled down hundreds of entries into four finalists in each category. Entries had to show where hair trends were heading. They included more natural colours, greater texture, and a ‘‘livedin’’ look. Hairdressers should tailor styles for their clients’ individual characteristics and lifestyles, Mrs Tiddy said. Miss Tiddy said it was no disadvantage to be a hairdresser ina small town. ‘‘If you’re willing to put the time and effort in, it doesn’t matter where you’re from.’’ She hoped to complete her apprenticeship early next year. She has finished her polytechnic studies and has only an insalon assessment and finals to sit. There were no plans to leave Oamaru, as ‘‘getting experience’’ was the next goal.