New Zealander Takes Top International Hairdressing Title!

A young hairdresser from Pukekohe, Auckland, is officially the one of the world’s best hair colourists. On Monday 20 October 2014 Keegan Nelson of Pukekohe’s Common Thread salon took the prize for Best Colour at the Davines World Style Contest 2014 in London.

Competing with nine other regional finalists from around the world, the 22-year-old impressed the judges with his transformation of a natural light brunette into a shimmering sand blonde with delicate blue and green ribbon highlights.

The competition, held annually for the last 10 years by Davines, an Italian sustainable luxury hair brand, honours rising talent around the world, and features Angelo Seminara, three-times winner of British Hairdresser of the Year, as lead judge.

This is the second international prize in the competition for Nelson, who took out the Oceania title for the competition in June, beating out Australia and South Africa’s top colourists to secure his place at the final in London.

Originally from South Africa, Nelson has worked at the Pukekohe salon Common Thread for a little over a year. He originally created his entry for the competition earlier in the year and after taking out the prize for Best Cut in New Zealand, was flown to London with his model to compete live on stage in the grand final.

Common Thread salon owner Tracy Sarjant Roberts says Nelson lives and breathes hairdressing. "It is his true passion, which not only comes through with his creative work, but also with how he works with his clientele and colleagues.

He is constantly seeking inspiration to aid his craft.He came from a salon in South Africa where he was predominately cutting, so to have the Davines World Style Contest Best Colourist title is tribute to how hard he is willing to work to better his craft. "