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Around 55 TasTAFE hairdressing apprentices took part in the annual Top Stylist competition at TasTAFE’s Alanvale campus in Launceston on 1 August.

The theme of this year’s competition was, ‘Trending 2018,’ focusing on natural styles and giving a number of classic styles from different decades a modern, 2018, twist. Students researched fashion forecasting for inspiration in hair, clothes and make up as well as taking inspiration from celebrities including Gigi Hadid, Cara Delvigne and Kendall Jenner. Current trends include long 70’s layers, a half-up top-knot, 60’s flip, 80’s inspired curls and natural textures.

The competition ran across four categories – the Natalia Pearn Perpetual Award, Creative Cutting, Mannequin Competition and a Nail Art section for St Patricks College students.

The overall winner of the competition was Montana Hammersley, an apprentice with Hair United, who was named Top Stylist and received the Natalia Pearn Perpetual Trophy. Ms Pearn, who lost her life in a car accident in 2013, studied hairdressing at TasTAFE. The trophy for the award features Miss Pearn’s scissors with her photo mounted on a plaque donated by her former employer, Joe’s Place for Hair.

Students had two and a half hours to create their looks before facing a judging panel from industry, hairdressing companies and St Patricks College. The competition counted towards students’ assessments for their Certificate III in Hairdressing.

Hairdressing apprentices compete for Top Stylist Award