Rachel Avery (left) from Byron Salon Fusion with model Jacob modelling the hair creation.
Rachel Avery (left) from Byron Salon Fusion with model Jacob modelling the hair creation. Dezpix Photography

Hair-raising experience for TAFE students

A 1.1 METRE tower of hair, glue and chicken wire stole the show at this years Hair Extravaganza, featuring students of the Wollongbar and Kingscliff TAFE colleges.

The wig was created by Rachel Avery, who studies salon management at Kingscliff TAFE and works at Byron Bay's Fusion Hair and Beauty.

It took Rachel about a month to bleach the hair, cut and roll it into curls and stick it onto a frame of chicken wire and papier mache.

The 'do was inspired by 18th Century French queen Marie Antoinette.

"I decided to build it to scale, but I drew the line at using the animal intestines they used back then to make the wigs," she said. "But there would have been rules against doing that too I think.

"It's actually human hair bought from a hairdressers' wholesaler.

"It wasn't very comfortable to wear.

"Jacob (the model) was very brave - it was basically clipped to his head."

The TAFE Hair Extravaganza was held on Tuesday night at the Brunswick Heads Bowling Club.

Wollongbar and Kingscliff students showcased their talents before a crowd of 200 people.


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