Oamaru hair stylist Makaela Tiddy is making a habit out of learning more about her chosen career in different countries.
This year, she will travel overseas twice – to Sydney and New York – to take part in industry events.
In June, she will represent New Zealand at the Gen Next Gala at Hair Expo Australia, while in September, she will be joined by mother and Fusion Hair owner Debbie Tiddy for the Evo Hair New York Study Tour, which will get the pair involved in New York Fashion Week.
At the Gen Next show, which has an X-Factor style format, Makaela and her team, one of eight, will work with a top Australian stylist who will assign the team a theme and prepare it for its work to be shown at the expo.
Mentors will then give feedback on what they see live on stage.
Makaela, who has experience at similar events, is looking forward to working alongside some of the industry’s best while at the expo.
“I think being mentored by a top Australian stylist is going to be really cool . . . you always come back with more inspiration.”
She will also take part in several courses while at the five-day expo.
The study tour, including 25 stylists from around the world, will lead to the Tiddys working backstage at New York Fashion Week shows alongside Evo Hair directors.
They will also be mentored by award-winning stylists and taken on tours around the city, and take part in educational courses.
Debbie expected the trip to New York would be one to remember, and looked forward to the “craziness” that would come with it.
“To work at fashion week is the highlight of our lives, really. It will be the highlight of my career to work behind the scenes somewhere like that.”
Makaela, who recently qualified as a senior stylist, said both opportunities would give her the chance to experience what the industry had to offer on the editorial side, a path she was keen to pursue.
“I would love to work as a session stylist,” Makaela said.
“That’s doing hair for magazines, photo shoots and things like fashion weeks . . . just to get the experience to do that type of work will be great, because it’s completely different to salon work.”
She said her New York experience would be “another level” compared to work she had done at other fashion shows, including New Zealand Fashion Week, where she worked backstage last year.