2015 NZARH Editorial Stylist of the Year is Bethany Paige Woods!

The New Zealand Association of Registered Hairdressers announced the winners in the NZARH 2015 Editorial Stylist Competition at the 2015 Supreme Awards on Sunday 4th October as part of the 2015 NZARH Supreme Awards held at the Pullman Hotel, Auckland.

Chairperson of the Competitions Committee, David Shields, said "The work submitted this year was incredible. In the end it came down to a group of 14 outstanding images from across New Zealand that illustrated the creativity and technical skill of New Zealand hair stylists. All 272 stylists that entered the 400 images in this year competition should be incredibly proud of the effort they have put in to creating their images.”

In choosing the overall winner judge and New Zealand hairdressing industry icon Lyndsay Loveridge described the winning image as being "so new and in a league of its own. Congratulations to a forward thinking stylist and a fantastic photographer”.

General Manager of Localist and award-winning editor of Fashion Quarterly and Next magazines, Christina Sayer-Wickstead, was captivated by the originality of the image which she described as exquisite.

"It is arresting to the eye and works to draw the viewer in, bringing the eye to rest on the shot and drink in the combination of a gritty modern edge with glamorous beauty. The model was perfectly cast and the restrained styling was enhanced by the professional execution. The winner should be proud of the result which would work just as well on the cover of Italian Vogue asa L’Oréal billboard in Times Square. Christina went on to say, "The tonal beauty of this shot, the directional experimentation in the hair and visual purity of the image make it a photo that will etch in the memory of many”. Said Christina

Editorial Stylist of the Year (sponsored by L’Oreal Professionnel) was chosen from the 14 NZARH Regional winners images. The finalists were (in no particular order):

Bethany Paige Woods Individual Member Auckland

Jaimee Smith Zaibatsu Hair Art Otago

Karina Gollins Karina Grace Hairdressing Manawatu

Mikaela Edwards Runway Southland

Makaela Tiddy Fusion Hair South Canterbury

Donna James Donna James Hair Nelson Marlborough

Warren Dion-smith Sutherland Todd Hairdressing Canterbury Westland

Kiri Roberts Mane Salon Wellington

Robyn Collins Protégé Hairdressing Whanganui

Jaime Barakat Ktizo Hair & Spa Waikato

Nicole Christophers Vie Hairdressing Taranaki

Hazel Newman Three Hairdressing Northland

Melanie Redington Pure Hair Hawkes Bay

Cecelia Baker Chocolate Blonde Hair Bay of Plenty

The third member of the Editorial Stylist judging panel Grayson Coutts said, "There was one clear winner for us which created a true dialogue with the judges. As a result of their clear direction, creative ability and technical understanding we were happy to award this year’s overall winner. We were looking for something that we hadn’t seen before, and would make a reader look twice before flicking past the page. They demonstrated a beautiful grasp of creating hair for a fashion image, as well as directing an entire concept that could be published now or even next season and it would remain engaging and current”.

On receiving the $1000 prize, the winner Bethany Paige Woods said, "I’m surprised and honoured and can’t believe it. I was lucky to win my photo shoot in a competition that the Auckland Association ran to encourage Auckland stylists to enter the Editorial Stylist competitions. That allowed me to have three images that all made the finals”.

"Moving from New Plymouth to Auckland has been challenging, but has opened up so many opportunities for me and I have to thank all the people who have supported me in particular my model and photographer Jock Robson, and especially Jan Waite and the team at Jan Waite Hairdressing for all their support and making me feel so welcome and part of the team.”

NZARH Editorial Stylist: Colour (sponsored by Redken)

Winner: Karina Gollins from Karina Grace Hairdressing, Palmerston North.

The admiration for the work continued from the judges with Grayson Coutts commenting, "We were very impressed with the vast range of creative talent and ability demonstrated. Putting together a photo shoot is never simple and overall I was very happy with the results that came through, and thought the stylists should be very proud of the work they have produced”. Lyndsay Loveridge thought the winning colour image was, "A strong; a fresh take on silver with a hot textured finish”.

Editorial Stylist: Novice (sponsored by Matrix)

Winner: Carmen Rutland The Hairdressing College

In the Editorial Stylist Novice section the judges described the entries as, "So wearable; a consumer friendly and beautifully executed”.

Editorial Stylist Next Generation (sponsored by Redken)

Winner: Mikayla Pupich Soho Hair & Beauty

"Hot and a strong statement! Definitely not a copy. Cleanly executed and with a variation of elements that work together in harmony”, is how Lyndsay Loveridge described the Mikayla Pupich’s winning image in the Next Generation section.

David Shields said, "As always, the stylists represented in the Next Generation section have showcased the talent of the emerging stylists in New Zealand Hairdressing. Next Generation stylists have a maximum of four years experience in the industry, it’s encouraging to see that hairdressing in New Zealand is in such creative hands”.

Editorial Stylist Le Male (sponsored by Fudge)

Winner: Patreece Corban Crèmebrulee Hair & Beauty

The growth in the interest in men’s hairdressing and grooming was showcased in the Editorial Stylist Le Male competition with entry numbers up 100% on last year. The images in Le Male were described by Lynsday Loveridge as, "Edgy, on the button, with beards especially well shaped adding dimension to men’s shapes. It was encouraging to have entries with such great barbering and styling skills for a wide variety of stylists”.

The NZARH Editorial Stylist competition challenges stylists from NZARH member salons to create an image suitable for the front cover of a magazine that will forecast hair fashion for the coming season. Entries in the five sections of the competition are judged on the three elements that combine to a successful photographic image; hair that shows the technical skill of the stylist in the shape, colour and finish which makes the hair the focus of the image; makeup, clothing and accessories combining to emphasise the hair style, and the photograph which highlights the hair through the choice of lighting, background and framing.