Kylie Hayes: Editorial Stylist of the Year

Kylie Hayes Editorial Stylist of the year with Sheryl Buckley editor Images Magazine

Kylie Hayes Editorial Stylist of the Year:

One of our most talented hairdressers, Kylie Hayes from Moha Hairdressing in Dunedin is enjoying a brilliant run at the moment, in the last 12 months Kylie has picked up two very important NZ hairdressing awards:

The prestigious NZARH 2019 Editorial Stylist of the Year and the NZ Creative Artist at the Wella National TrendVision Awards as well as being chosen as one of three finalists Best International Avant-garde Collection at the recent International Hairdressing Awards held in Madrid.

Kylie has shown to be a consistent finalist at NZ Hair Expo Hairdresser of the Year Awards, and has also won Platinum at the 2017 International TrendVision Awards in London, proving beyond doubt that she can foot it with the very best in the world! 

Images Editor Sheryl Buckley caught up with Kylie to find out what makes this very special woman tick!

Congratulations on being chosen as NZARH Editorial Stylist of the Year, what does winning this accolade mean for you?

It means that I was once again to fulfil my desire to inspire industry.

To be able to compete at this level requires one hell of a lot of commitment, what sacrifices have you had to make in order to achieve the success that you have?

I am constantly torn, as a Mother, Wife, Artist, friend, employer and all the other life roles I play, I am often not afforded the time, I need to accomplish all that I’d like.

I’m often loaded with guilt for missing my children’s birthdays or not putting them to bed as ‘mummies working’ I always remind myself though, I’m teaching them to be strong, independent and hardworking.

How does the salon ( Moha Hairdressing) function without you, when your away travelling and involved in photoshoots etc?

I have the most supportive loyal, loving business partner and friend, My husband Nelson and equally the most incredible team, they are like my extended family, they all make sure everything runs seamlessly.

I also do horrendous hours before and afterwards to make sure clients are taken care of.

How do you keep yourself motivated and inspired, and where do you get your ideas from?

I dear to inspire, I believe what motivates me is the feeling I get when someone learns and grows from my guidance, it’s such an immeasurable feeling.

My hair designs are heavily influenced by fashion (I’m addicted) people are often surprised when I tell them it’s a garment that initiates the idea.

I’m drawn to clever design seen in architecture, furniture and clothing. The colours and textures I see in nature urge me to explore the same combinations within my hair designs.

Simply put….I’m an artist, with the need to keep mastering my craft.

Who are the Stylists that you admire and follow?

There really are too many and they all have varied aesthetics, and skill that they represent and bring to our industry:

Angelo Seminara, Lyndal Salmon -Biba Academy, Xpression, The Tognini’s, Tabatha Coffey, Lisa Vitale, Kobi Bokshish, Yoshi, The Keeleys, Patrick Cameron, Sylvester Finold, Hobs Salon, Vidal Sasson, Robert lobetta…..this list is endless

What advice can you offer to our younger stylists who would like to follow in your footsteps?

Enter everything available. Dear to be seen!

How important is it to belong to an organisation like the NZARH and why should our younger hairdressers join and be part of it?

The NZARH competition provides an incredible platform for us to share our ideas. I have always supported the live competitions, it ensures good honest skill.

Young hairdressers should be encourage to participate it’s a brilliant way to grow your skill set and confidence.

Looking back over your career, has there been any particular cutting or colouring technique that you have learn’t that has really defined your style?

I have been told numerous times that ‘I’m rare’ I actually perform across all disciplines, I design,colour and style.

Maybe my Wella trend Vision platinum winning bullèt (bowlcut fused with a mullet) defines me? Or I’m probably well know for my love of avant garde styling.

Being based in Dunedin, do you feel this an advantage or a disadvantage as far as keeping abreast of the trends?

Definitely not a disadvantage, the digital worlds allows us to seek instant knowledge.

Tell us about your plans for the year ahead, is there any exciting news that you can share with us?

This year includes a fair bit of travel, I have already been to Sydney and Spain, I plan to be in Melbourne for hair expo, I have a family holiday to Hawaii in August for a friend’s wedding and I have just been informed that my 3 day retreat for Wella Trend Vision has been postponed to September with a new destination – The Canary Islands!

Kylie Hayes NZARH Editorial Stylist of the Year