National awards for St Kilda stylist


Dunedin stylist Kylie Hayes is dedicating her win at a national award ceremony to “hardworking mothers and incredible husbands”.

The co-owner of Moha Hairdressing took home four awards from The Industry Awards at Te Papa in Wellington on Sunday.

The awards were all in the editorial stylist of the year category for colour concept, cover shot, the Derek Elvy Visionary Award and the overall editorial stylist of the year award.

“It’s pretty special,” she told The Star in her salon in St Kilda yesterday.

The awards, run by the New Zealand Association of Registered Hairdressers, recognises the best business, training and creative talent in New Zealand’s hair, beauty and barbering industries.

She won the Derek Elvy Visionary Award for a photo entry of the avant-garde hairstyle modelled by Dunedin teenager Blaise Perry.

“She is a such a natural in front of the camera – she’s beautiful.”

The image of an avant-garde hairstyle, modelled by Dunedin teenager Blaise Perry, which won stylist Kylie Hayes the Derek Elvy Visionary Award at The Industry Awards in Wellington on Sunday. PHOTO: ROSEANNE DONALDSON

Mrs Hayes was recently named a finalist in the International Hairdressing Awards and will attend a ceremony in Spain in February next year.

She will represent New Zealand in the Wella TrendVision competition in Sydney in January next year.

“I remember being told by my principal ‘you are throwing everything away – you could be anything you wanted to be’ . . . I have a pretty exciting career – I get to travel the world.”