Former Waitara High School student Dee Parker Attwood received the ultimate accolade in hairdressing when she was awarded Australian Hairdresser of the Year at the recent 2019 Hair Expo Awards in Sydney!
With television hairdressing celebrity Tabatha Coffey presenting and confetti falling from the ceiling, Dee accepted her award, proudly saying that she had her mum to thank for her success. Her mother’s passion for the profession was also responsible for her own persistence in the trade.
Having been named Victorian Hairdresser of the Year in 2016, Dee has been a finalist in the top category for the past five years, and this year her six photo collection ‘Celebration’ showcased her versatility as a hairdresser, which included braiding, cuts and hair-up.
Dee’s hairdressing career started in New Plymouth, as an apprentice at Lyndsay Loveridge’s Hair HQ by Design and then Be Ba Bo Hair Studio, before moving to Melbourne. She credits much of her success to Lyndsay Loveridge who has also trained NZ’s top international hairdresser Patrick Cameron, now based in London.
Dee said she has never forgotten her foundation years and credits Lyndsay Loveridge for her initial skills and discipline. “There are so many fantastic hairdressers who come out of Taranaki. She is the trainer of all trainers. She’s so meticulous with her training she doesn’t let anyone or anything slip through the cracks.”
At 21 when she first arrived in Australia, Dee Parker Attwood found employment at Melbourne’s Wieselmann Salon in Toorak. She is now a co-owner of that same salon, where she manages 25 staff, and is an educator for Schwarzkopf Professional.
Dee Parker Attwood along with Tabatha Coffey, Kobi Bokshish and Images Magazine’s Lex Buckley are the judges for this year’s NZARH Creative Awards, winners to be announced Sunday 10th November at the Industry Awards gala event at Te Papa in Wellington.