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Heads up on hottest styling talent

May 31, 2007

Heads up on hottest styling talent

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Julie Christie, Vanilla Hair Studio, Wellington


Want a heads-up on the most promising young hair-stylists to hit the Kiwi fashion-scene? Need a clue on who to visit for your next cut and colour? Listen up!

Finalists in L’Oréal Professionnel’s inaugural Talent Spotting competition have been named and now they’re sharpening their scissors in hopes of taking home the national title.

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Vanessa Sequeiros-Santana, Servilles – Newmarket, Auckland


Two major awards – Young Stylist of the Year and Young Team of the Year – will be hotly contested by five of our country’s most promising young stylists and two styling teams, who each have less than five years experience in the industry.

The national final brings together the most brilliant entrants from five regional competitions – Dunedin, Christchurch, Auckland, Wellington and New Plymouth.

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Natasha McKnight, Phixx, Palmerston North


Finalists have so far made it to the top of a stack of photographic entries from around the country, followed by live re-creation sessions in their regions. They now all make the trip to Auckland to compete for the supreme awards.

The national final, which is the third stage in the nation-wide search, will be judged by top UK hairstylist Jonny Engstrom and local industry leaders from around the country.*

Swedish-born, Engstrom is Art Director for celebrity stylist Guy Kremer and is based in Winchester. Mr Engstrom’s talent has made him a hit with top designers and fashion and beauty editors across his homeland and abroad. He says he is keenly anticipating judging the Talent Spotting final.

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Tammy Ung, Klone Hair, Dunedin


“The standard of entries from stylists with only a few years experience is just superb, so this is a very exciting event to be involved in,” he says.

“The hairdressing industry is such a rewarding field to work in and I love that these awards help to recognise fresh talent and inspire young stylists to develop their skills.

“I’m very much looking forward to catching a glimpse of New Zealand’s future leading stylists.”

L’Oréal Professionnel general manager Anya Haarhoff says the Talent Spotting finalists are of an excellent calibre.

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Jessie Sowman, Sutherland Todd Hairdressing, Christchurch


“This competition is about encouraging and celebrating the next generation of hair-stylists. It gives them a chance to show their peers and New Zealand what they are made of.

“We’ve got such a great wealth of young talent represented here and I think that says really good things about the health of our hairdressing and fashion industries in the future.”

New Zealand’s budding hairdressing talent will compete in a live recreation on the day and then take to the stage at the Talent Spotting national final awards evening at the Viaduct Harbour Alinghi Base on Saturday, June 23.

In addition to the two major titles, additional honours - National Trend Award and National Editorial Award [1] – will also be presented. Automatic entry for these awards is given to all of the national finalists from around the country.

The finalists for NZ Young Stylist of the Year are:

-Tammy Ung, Klone Hair, Dunedin
-Jessie Sowman, Sutherland Todd Hairdressing, Christchurch
-Vanessa Sequeiros-Santana, Servilles – Newmarket, Auckland
-Julie Christie, Vanilla Hair Studio, Wellington
-Natasha McKnight, Phixx, Palmerston North

The finalists for the NZ Young Team of the Year are:

-Natalie King and Natasha Muir, Sliver, Dunedin
-Jessica Barnes, Natisha Robertson and Joleen Oxnam, Ursula Harris Hairdesign, Christchurch
-Sara Carswell and Sarah McMahon, Hairworld, Tauranga
-Nikita Barter, Sophie Hopkins and Sam Su’a, Spectra Hair and Body, Palmerston North
-Rebecca Button & Danielle Caldow, Haight Ashbury Boutique Salon, Wellington


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