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Hair Shots 2 The World Awards Regional Hairdressers at Ekka

Three regional hairdressers have won a mentorship with Carole Haddad backstage at the 2014 Ekka’s Natural Fibres Parades which will take place in Brisbane in August. Ekka, or The Royal Queensland Show, is the state’s biggest annual event, featuring show bags, rides, attractions, entertainment and, of course, fashion, beauty and styling. The opportunity comes from Hair Shots 2 The World‘s Star Spots Opportunities program.

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Carole Haddad

Tegan Lindsey of Zen New Hair Direction in Gerringong NSW, Lisa Mannion of Pinned Up Hairdressing in Broken Hill NSW and Sophie Buston from Jarahs Hair in Loxton, South Australia, have all been awarded the opportunity. Haddad, the festival’s Artistic Director over the past decade, is a multi-award winner with styling experience on runways and TV. The winners will benefit from not only watching her in action but in gaining experience at the Parade’s 33 runway shows.

“I’ve always been passionate about nurturing young hairdressing talent,” said Haddad. “Mentoring talent from regional areas has been lacking in the industry until now, so I am just so glad to be a Star Spot Mentor.”
The opportunity is a fantastic platform for the young stylists, who have been recognised for their talents and ambition. “Hairdressing is a tough industry, it’s all about experience,” said Lindsey. “This opportunity is giving me the ammunition I need to be able to push myself further, to be the best.”

“This experience is a huge opportunity to help me grow as a hairdresser, as I am only a third year apprentice I have so much to learn and want to take in as much as I can,” said Buston. “Being around amazing hairdressers and seeing them work will just be an experience in its self. In the salon I am doing hair for prom and helping assist for weddings so this will help me get to the next level of styling.”

The stylists look forward to not only developing their own skills, but picking up tips and tricks they can then take back to their regional hairdressing salons and communities. Working backstage at dozens of exciting fashion events, the opportunity will provide a valuable learning experience.

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