Vivo Hair and Beauty hair stylist Kayla Pope took out the Hair by Night live event, creating a tall, textured look for her model Amy Jones. Photo: Brittany Spencer.

Hair on display at regional comp


Five of Nelson’s best hair stylists have snipped and crimped their way to a chance at competing for the coveted New Zealand Hair Stylist of the Year in October.

The New Zealand Association of Registered Hairdressers regional competition saw sixteen hair stylists create runway ready hairstyles in presentation and live events at NMIT on Sunday.

Winning the live events and earning a spot in the supreme competition are HairCraft’s Hayleigh Hamilton, NMIT student Renee Sturgeon, Kayla Pope from VIVO Hair & Beauty, HairCraft’s Casey Taylor, and Nathan Nukunuku from Chics n Chaps.

One of the stand-out styles of the competition was the tall and textured Hair by Night creation by Vivo Hair and Beauty’s Kayla Pope.

“I saw a similar style online and I thought, ‘there’s no way I could do that’ but using skewers, netting, and a lot of crimping and backcombing, I managed to do it.”

“I’d never done anything like it before but it worked out really well.”

HairCraft stylist Jayde Squires won the Nelson Next Generation Hair Stylist of the Year while her boss Hayleigh Hamilton took out the Nelson Senior Hair Stylist of the Year.