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Hairdressing Awards shine spotlight on future

Hairdressing Awards shine spotlight on future stars

HITO Press Release, 17 October 2010

The future stars of hairdressing were on display this weekend at the 2010 Hairdressing Industry Training Organisation (HITO) Awards, held in Christchurch.

HITO CEO Erica Cumming said the Awards are a great opportunity to celebrate success and sneak-a-peek at future hairdressing leaders.

The prestigious Apprentice of the Year Award is always hotly contested, and propels the winner into the hairdressing limelight. This year's winner was Auckland apprentice Emily Frew, who works at Biba Boutique Salon.

"Emily's drive, passion and overall creativity single her out as someone to watch. She's a real goal setter who always gives 110%. In hairdressing you need to keep learning and challenging yourself all the time, and Emily's drive and motivation will help her rise to the top and become one of the best," says Erica.

Reremoana (Moana), from Hair Scene Hair and Beauty in Whangaparaoa, was awarded the Jasmine McBeth Memorial Scholarship. This Scholarship goes to the apprentice whose commitment and passion has allowed them to overcome the odds and achieve their goals.

"Jasmine was passionate about becoming a hairdresser and wouldn't let any obstacles get in her way. I was inspired by Jaz's story, and felt an immediate connection with her," says Moana.

The Awards also celebrated the achievements and commitment of the tutors and salons that are ensuring that the future of hair is in good hands.

Reds Hair in Pukerua Bay won the HITO Training Salon of the Year. Erica Cumming says Reds has developed a real culture of training and professional development, and are an example to salons all over the country of why investing in training makes sense.

"Reds has fully embraced training. They are passionate about it and know the benefits it provides both staff and clients. Their efforts are helping ensure hairdressing is viewed as a respected and professional industry," says Erica.

Innovative Manawatu educator Chris Leithbridge took out the Hairdressing Tutor of the Year title. Chris is the Head Tutor and Head of School at the Manawatu Education Academy. Erica Cumming says that the Award is testament to Chris's commitment to training and her ability to motivate and inspire learners.


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