STYLISH: Student hairdresser Hayley Smith from Hair Chic at Evans Head works on hair model Penny Dehoon, of Goonellabah, with her six-month-old son Isaac Graham at Wollongbar TAFE.
STYLISH: Student hairdresser Hayley Smith from Hair Chic at Evans Head works on hair model Penny Dehoon, of Goonellabah, with her six-month-old son Isaac Graham at Wollongbar TAFE. Jacklyn Wagner

Students cut their way to world titles

STUDENTS from Wollongbar and Kingscliff TAFE cut and coloured against the clock yesterday for the annual Northern Rivers Worldskills Hairdressing competition at Wollongbar campus.

Northern Rivers gold medal winners, Jacob Dawes and Hayley Smith, will now compete in Brisbane for the national title.

The winner of that competition will head to the 2010 world titles in Jamaica .

Yesterday's silver medal went to Aelwyn Whittaker, while the bronze was awarded to Jessica Owen.

Head teacher of Hairdressing, Betty Rensink, said the competition gave students the rare chance to compete.

“It's a great way to test their skills,” she said.

Judge Chris Edmeades from Bangalow's Cherry Chocolate Blonde salon, said she was looking for fashion haircuts that were 'stand out' but also 'commercial'.

“Choice of colour and application are as important as OH&S,” she said.

Strict judging criteria are set by the international Worldskills Hairdressing competition organisers and cover three disciplines, Ms Edmeades said. Students must complete a cut and colour of their choice, a men's cut as well as style an 'up-do'.

Hayley Smith, a first year apprentice from Hair Chic at Evans Head, said she was in her element putting caramel foils in friend and model Penny Dehoon's hair.

“I'm not looking forward to the men's cut,” Ms Smith said.

Ms Dehoon, whose long hair was cut above the shoulders for the competition, said she was “happy to help out a friend”.



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