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Choice cut . . . Blondini's Hair and Beauty owner Megan Mitchell (left) with model Leah Middlemiss at the New Zealand Association of Registered Hairdressers Supreme Hair Stylist of the Year Awards in Hamilton. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Oamaru hairdresser Megan Mitchell is probably quite relieved her husband was not a judge at this year’s New Zealand Association of Registered Hairdressers Supreme Hair Stylist of the Year Awards in Hamilton recently.

If he was, she would not have left with the top “The Cut” live event prize for senior stylists.

“My husband thought it was terrible,” she said of her chosen style.

“Lucky, he wasn’t one of the judges. I don’t think he would have liked any of the hairstyles.”

Mrs Mitchell, owner of Blondini’s Hair and Beauty, was required to show off her styling skills over 40 minutes.

“It’s all about the technical execution of the haircut. The judges are looking for a haircut that shows a lot of technical skill and it also needs to be complemented from head to toe, so you dress your model in an outfit and make-up to go with the look.”

Her model was Leah Middlemiss, who works as a beauty therapist at Blondini’s.

While obviously delighted to win her first national title, Mrs Mitchell, who was also fourth in the senior stylist colour section, had at least one nervous moment.

“When I started doing my haircut, I made one big mistake at the start and I was trying to fix what I had done . I was thinking I hadn’t done so well.

“It was when I stepped off the stage on to the floor and looked at what the other stylists had done that I thought, ‘I might have won this’.”

The distinctive style she chose for the awards was based on a style she had seen in a photograph months ago and felt was a perfect fit.

However, it was unlikely she would be replicating it any time soon.

“Even though it’s not something the general public would have done, people can appreciate the skill that is involved to achieve a style like that.”

Meanwhile, Fusion Hair stylist Mikaela Tiddy recently won the South Canterbury editorial stylist of the year award, while Annabel Joiner, an apprentice at Fusion, won the Patrick Cameron Instagram Challenge for next generation stylists in the under five years category.