Hazel’s on top of hairdressing world with EMMA JELSMA
azel Newman, codirector of Three Hairdressing in Maunu, was particularly successful in the recent competitions. A strong advocate for the NZARH Hairdressing Awards, Hazel sees them as a powerful tool for team-building, personal motivation, staff development and an all-round positive boost for salon culture. The awards themselves create an atmosphere of collegiate competitiveness; driving participants to new heights and giving apprentices and
I LIKEN IT TO A MARATHON: YOU WON’T TRAIN IF YOU DON’T SIGN UP! senior stylists alike renewed focus and energy. Having won five awards herself at the latest competitions — with two of them firsts, and one of them giving her the title of Oceanic Champion — Hazel firmly believes that her success derives from a determination to continually push her own limits. This is an attitude that she encourages throughout the Three Hairdressing salon: so much so, in fact, that 8 of her colleagues also entered the awards this year! And while many may balk at the idea of such intensive practice, training and focus, Hazel says it is exactly that which brings her immeasurable personal, team and business benefits. ‘When people ask me why I compete,’ explains Hazel. ‘I liken it to a marathon: you won’t train if you don’t sign up. I compete because it raises the standard of our industry, it gives entrants a massive confidence boost, it
unites your salon and forces competitors to step out of their comfort zone – but most importantly, it re-energises and re-inspires you! Goal setting, professionalism, dedication and focus; for hair stylists of all ages, from all backgrounds, and from every salon – the competitions provide a level playing field for us all to test our abilities!’ Hazel is also keen to assist stylists in their preparations
for the NZARH Northland Regional Hairdressing Competitions; and having won over 30 awards since starting her career, she is well-placed to do so. Her advice to stylists considering entering is simple: ‘You can’t get there on your own. Reach out to your regional judge and go to your regional competition awareness seminar. Learn the parameters of the
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competition to understand what will gain you points on the floor – there is nothing stopping you from getting the results you want! It’s all just part of the journey.’ ‘Without the support of my models, make up artists, colleagues, and business codirectors Jemal and Katie, it wouldn’t have been possible: the NZARH Awards are a big deal – and we’re just so proud to be involved at this level!’
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Published on Jul 30, 2015