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History of Hair competition brings out creativity

By UCOL on Thursday, 26 September 2019

UCOL Te Pūkenga learners holding their projects

Hairstyles from the Japanese Edo period, 18th century France, and the Viking Age were just a few of those on display during UCOL’s annual History of Hair competition.

The competition saw students from the New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) Level 3 research and recreate hairstyles from different periods and cultures throughout history. 

New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Emerging Stylist) Level 4 students competed in a separate category, in which they created their own styles based on modern trends.  

All hairdressing students from UCOL's Manawatū, Whanganui and Wairarapa campuses took part. 

Students had one hour to create their styles in class in the lead up, and 10 minutes to apply any finishing touches on the day of the competition. Students also had to design vision boards, which showed the research and inspiration behind their styles.  

UCOL Hairdressing Programme Leader Melissa Lange says the History of Hair competition is a great way for students apply their learning and express their creativity. 

"Competitions like this help students think outside the box and explore what they can mould and create hair into." 

Lange says the History Hair is a good introduction to hairdressing competitions, which require entrants to create exaggerated styles, which they wouldn't do every day in a salon. 

Students were marked on whether their styles had a balanced form, how well they hid clips and padding, and overall presentation. 

The judging panel included Schwarzkopf National Manager Wendy Maxwell and Account Manager Lee-Anne Harding, and UCOL graduate Emily Playford, who is now hairdressing at Silver Scissors in Palmerston North.   

Schwarzkopf also sponsored the event, providing prizes for the place getters. 


History Competition

1st - Kitah Siemonek

2nd - Star Lee

3rd  - Saw Paw Taw

History Competition – Vision board

1st - Leila Ghaderinezhad

2nd - Crystal Faulkner-England

3rd - Kitah Siemonek 

Creative Long Hair Competition

1st - Tara Butters

2nd - Ashlee Chapman-Burcher

3rd - Annette Pile 

Creative Long Hair Competition – Vision board

1st - Tara Butters

2nd - Casey Rushbrook

3rd - Gypsy Maulder

Photo: History of Hair place getters (from left to right) Annette Pile, Star Lee, Saw Paw Taw , Kitah Siemonek, Ashlee Chapman-Burcher, Tara Butters, Gypsy Maulder, Casey Rushbrook, Crystal Faulkner-England, and Leila Ghaderinezhad. (High resolution image available upon request).