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Years in the Hairdressing Industry: Nineteen Years

What is your favorite thing about the Hairdressing Industry?
I love that Hairdressing is a very creative career. I love that hairdressing is always people focused.

What is one of your Hairdressing best moments?
Doing Celebrities hair! I have been lucky enough to cut Keanu Reeves and Scarlett Johanssons hair. That was a real highlight for me.

Before becoming a Tutor, what were you doing?
I did a stint of Audio Engineering in Canada – when I came back to NZ I was working in a highly regarded Hair Salon.

Who are your Hairdressing Inspirations?
Derek Elvy – a brilliant New Zealand Hairdresser from one of Wellingtons top salons, Buoy. I love Patrick Cameron and of course, Jane Wilde.

If you could give one piece of advice for Hair over the Autumn months, what would this be?
I feel that hair for Autumn 2016 is going to be rich and deep in colour with a new take on splash lights if you are wanting it a bit lighter. Cuts are moving towards a bold, blunt and defined design with textured interior sections on long hair. With a big influence of asymmetric styles for shorter hair!

What do you love most about training up and coming Hairstylists?
I love being a mentor and inspiring my students. Its an amazing feeling when you give them the stills they need to become an outstanding Hair Stylist.

When I am not at the Academy – You will find me …
I love hanging out and spending time with my 8 year old son. He lives in Whangarei, so I always love spending time with him. I enjoy relaxing, heading to the Cinema and I do some DJing work on the weekends, which I really enjoy too.

My favorite restaurant is?
Tanuki’s Cave in Auckland CBD! I love Japanese food!

What advice would you give to someone who is looking at studying the Level 3 Salon Support and/or Level 4 Emerging Stylist Qualifications?
Be willing to work hard in your classes. Your heart and soul needs to breathe Hairdressing. I think it is important as well as doing your course, to have a part time Junior Role in a salon to gain extra hands on experience to take you to the next level!

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