Top honours to hairdresser

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A Dunedin hairdresser won top honours at Sunday night’s industry awards. Moha Hairdressing stylist Liana King-Biddulph was named as the NZ Hair and Beauty Industry Training Organisation 2016 apprentice of the year beating entrants from around the country. Ms King-Biddulph said she had always wanted to be a hairdresser and had worked towards that goal. ‘‘I’ve attended a hairdressing school and been an apprentice, and I can say doing an apprenticeship is the best decision I’ve ever made.’’ Competition judges Lyndsay Loveridge and Janine Simons said Ms King-Biddulph had shown incredible commitment to her training and fantastic hairdressing and customer service skills. ‘‘Liana has a clear vision of what she wants to achieve, and she goes out and achieves it. She has achieved incredible commercial and creative success during her time as an apprentice. She is also dedicated to helping others achieve and promoting hairdressing apprenticeships in her community.’’ This win caps a successful year for Ms King-Biddulph, who was also named the New Zealand Association of Registered Hairdressers (NZARH) hairstylist of the year — next generation on Sunday night and won the gold medal at the WorldSkills hairdressing competition earlier this year. WorldSkills is an international competition where young tradespeople show off their skills and share their knowledge with others from around the world.