Ancient Egyptian, American Indian and Viking hairstyles were among those created by UCOL hairdressing students competing in a History of Hair competition last week.

Hairdressing students from UCOL's Whanganui, Palmerston North and Wairarapa campuses presented their creations in the Palmerston North Atrium on Wednesday.

Certificate of Hairdressing (Salon Support) students researched hairstyles from a particular era or culture, assembled a portfolio, and then recreated their chosen style on a mannequin.

In a separate competition, Certificate in Hairdressing (Practice) students had to design their own long hair up-styles.


Students were given one hour in class to recreate their styles, and ten minutes to make final touch ups in the Atrium.

History Competition: 1st Gillian Doran (Wairarapa), 2nd Greer James (Wairarapa), 3rd Janella Herekiuha (Whanganui); History Competition - Best Portfolio 1st Stacey Randles (Palmerston North), 2nd Natalia Grant (Wairarapa), 3rd Joanne O'Rourke (Palmerston North); Long Hair Competition 1st Katyana Tchernegovski (Palmerston North), 2nd Otis Devles (Whanganui), 3rd Sam Watkins (Whanganui) & Narny Antonia (Palmerston North)

UCOL's Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) Level 3 is a one year, full time programme and is the equivalent of the first year of a hairdressing apprenticeship.

The Certificate in Hairdressing (Practice) provides students the knowledge and training in complex styling, colour selection and application, basic accounting processes for a salon environment as well as the required skills for basic cutting forms and razor techniques.