Wed 29 Aug 2018

Students show style

WITT students have shown their talent at the annual Taranaki Hairdressing competitions.

Students excelled in a section specifically for them at New Zealand Association of Registered Hairdressers (NZARH) competition held at the Devon Hotel on Sunday.

Year 1 and 2 fulltime hairdressing students entered the ‘Hair by Night’ presentation event which required them to prepare the hair in the WITT salon and then takes a further five minutes on the competition floor at The Devon to tweak before their style was judged.

The event was specifically for WITT students as the rest of the events were for apprentices and senior stylists. 

The judges said the quality and finish of the hairstyles were exceptional and they could have been entered in the events for the more experienced stylists.

“They were that good!” tutor Kirsty Ryan said. “We are very proud of the girls for entering, and the effort they put in.”

Courtney Villiers, Isobel Paton and Taryn Clarke, in that order, created the top three styles.

“When entering in a competition you often go out of your comfort zone, learning new skills and techniques, as well as experiencing the nerves that set in when on the competition floor.  It takes practice and perseverance,” said Kirsty.

She paid tribute to tutor Kellie Divane who supported the students throughout the event.

Former WITT students were among the competitors in the overall event.  The winner of the Next Generation class was Aimee Matoe from BeBaBo Hair Studio. Brenda Ardern, from The Cutting Edge Studio, won the Senior Stylist section.


Pictured: The top three WITT styles were created by, from left, Courtney Villiers, Isobel Paton and Taryn Clarke.