Cut above the rest

A GIPPSLAND salon is setting the trend by launching a regional, annual hairdressing competition, a first in the region.

Mel’s Cutting and Beauty Room in Traralgon will host the first Gippsland hairdressing competition, in a bid to encourage and inspire local stylists.

After participating in a competition in Melbourne, owner Melissa Hammond recognised a lack of local competitions for Gippsland hairdressers.

With the support of her team and apprentice Rebecca Larsen, Ms Hammond and the salon are now geared up for the first competition, to take place this Sunday.

“We only have one competition here for the apprentices, which the TAFE organises, but there’s nothing for more qualified hairdressers; everything is in Melbourne,” Ms Larsen said.

“We just hope that after this local salons will take it up and run something similar every year.

“It’s just for everyone to have a good time, mingle and meet other local hairdressers.”

With eight competitions set for the day, salons will compete in style, cuts, runway and photography.

With four judges selected for the day, winners can walk away with trophies and products, including a hair straightener.

Ms Hammond said she hoped the competition would foster creativity among Gippsland salons, adding there “is a lot of talent in Gippsland and not just with the bigger Melbourne salons”.

“It’s just an opportunity for local salons to have a bit more of a chance,” Ms Hammond said.

Non-hairdressers and apprentices are also invited to visit the event, with an entry fee of $5.

The 2012 Annual Gippsland Hairdressing Competition will take place on Sunday at the Premiere Function Centre.

For more information or to register your salon, phone Mel’s Cutting and Beauty Room on 5174 6741.