Model Dayna-Maree Hollyman gets transformed with a modern viking hairstyle by NMIT student Kayla Jolly in the Avant-garde Hair Up section of the annual Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology Hairdressing Competition. Photo: Brittany Spencer.

NMIT’s hair-raising competition


Hair spray was thick in the air and bobby pins were everywhere at the annual NMIT Hairdressing Competition on Monday.

Split into three sections, the competition was comprised of a Year One section, Year Two Cut and Colour, and the ever popular Year Three Avant-garde Hair Up.

Hair dressing tutor Zaley Gill says this year’s theme was “Then and Now” with students looking at fashion and hair from the past and giving their hairdos of today a novel twist.

“All our hairdressers went really well, there’s so much pressure on them but they all stepped up, taking inspiration from everywhere and then really evolving their ideas into all these amazing hairstyles.”

The 34 students took inspiration from Vikings, Egyptians, Victorians, the 1960s and Mad Max, however, it was Leni Kinloch’s rockabilly cupcake creation that took out the first year section, followed by Anja Dzaseric and Brianna Heemskerk.

Second-year student Patrick Conlon utilised vivid purples, blues, greens, and black to win the Cut and Colour, followed closely by Renne Sturgeon and Maia Jones.

Meanwhile, the three industry judges awarded Parku Kan-Mawi first place in the Avant-Garde Hair Up, for her Japanese horn styled do, ahead of students Kayla Jolly and Maia Jones who placed second and third respectively.