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UP TO BEHIND
Hairdressing is the next career step for fashion focused individuals looking to go far in the industry.
Jessica Taylor, a graduate of Servilles Academy and a Colour Specialist at Servilles Newmarket, talks to Apparel about how her skills in hair are getting her closer to her fashion career dreams. Jessica Taylor did not consider herself to be very academic while at high school but she was creative and always loved hair and fashion. The way a person can look so different and feel so much better by changing their hair fascinated her. This fascination turned into a passion for Taylor when she studied at Servilles Academy. She graduated as dux in both the 34 week hairdressing level 4 graduate certificate and foundation courses.
“I knew Servilles Academy had a great reputation and standard for incredible hairdressing and I wanted to pursue my dream with the best. It has some of the most talented and creative stylists in the business,” said Taylor. Learning an all round understanding of hair and fashion, Taylor has worked on creative photoshoots and fashion shows and discovered extra opportunities offered exclusively at Servilles Academy, such as working for X-Factor New Zealand and New Zealand Fashion Week.
Jessica now takes this creative energy to high profile fashion shoots where she is consistently invited to be the hair stylist for leading magazines, websites and music videos. This work is a career highlight for her as she is extremely passionate about working together with other experts in their field to create fantastic imagery. As a Colour Specialist at Servilles Newmarket, Taylor is continuing her hairdressing training and working towards becoming qualified by completing the commercial component of the NZQA certificate in hairdressing. Taylor’s ambitious career goal is to work overseas with the big fashion houses in New York and London to get a taste of the ‘big fashion world’. With fashion and hair being so closely linked, a lot of designers need hair stylists to link the models’ hair with the label’s style to properly portray the look.
“Vivienne Westwood’s hair styling is a big, crazy, out-there look and quite experimental whereas Dolce & Gabbana has a classic Spanish look that is more structured. Chanel is also classic, but has its own twist to make it unique,” explained Taylor. Studying and working for Servilles has honed Taylor’s eye for hair and fashion trends. The latest looks she has noticed are wet-look and slicked back hairstyles for photo shoots and simplified classic looks for red carpets. Hair styles now gravitate between soft and structured or edgy and grunge, depending on the fashion style.
FINALIST: Rebecca Sher, Servilles Mission Bay. Studying at Servilles Academy
MENTOR: Grant Bettjeman
IN THE INDUSTRY FOR: 5 months
What is the best part about being a hairdresser?
I love the creative opportunity; the way you can draw inspiration from absolutely anywhere and tell your own story. The fact that it involves working with people from all walks of life, getting to know them and help them feel amazing is also a massive bonus.
Who is your favourite international designer? Of all different fields of design I would say that interior design is my favourite, as the environment you place yourself in very much influences how you see and feel about yourself and the world. The person that brings this concept to life the most for me is Philippe Starck. He's truly an inspiration for people to look at something that may have been done exactly the same way forever and be able to see it differently. Just because it has been done before doesn't mean you can't do it better or more creatively. Just like a hair style.
Which hairdresser do you aspire to be like in the future?
Before I started studying I couldn't have answered this question but after meeting Paul Serville, hearing his story and seeing his work, he has become someone that I really look up to. He showed our class that one of the key aspects to doing well is to always be open to learning new things; you are never a complete version of yourself and neither is your work. He opened my eyes to the fact that the world is your playground, to draw inspiration from and to work your way up.
Which music are you currently listening to? In my 'Favourites' playlist at the moment I have Ed Sheeran, Marlon Roudette, and The Hunger Games Mockingjay soundtrack.
What is your favourite movie of all-time? Blood Diamond, as it has Leonardo DiCaprio in it (of course) but also because of the message it delivers regarding the origins of products we purchase and how we might not know the true story behind them.
How would describe your own style?
I like to be classy, but not generic, so I'd like to say I have a bit of an edge.
Photographer: Jock Robson
Stylist: Maxine Wooldridge
Makeup: Carolyn Haslett
Model: Red 11
FINALIST: Gabrielle Houghton, Servilles Newmarket, Auckland
MENTOR: Mana Dave
IN THE INDUSTRY FOR: One year
What's the best thing about being a hairdresser?
The people I’ve met.
Who is your favourite international designer?
I always love what The Row is doing.
Which hairdresser do you aspire to be like in the future and why?
Guido Palau, not only for his work, but also for the lasting relationships he has maintained in the industry, such as with Alexander McQueen and David Sims, which to me shows he is a nice guy.
Which music are you currently listening to?
Nelly, in prep for his concert next week.
What is your favourite movie of all-time?
Right now, the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. I love the perfectionism and dedication Jiro shows to his craft.
How would describe your own style?
Black, white, grey, gender-neutral and a little utilitarian.
Photography: Jock Robson
Stylist: Maxine Wooldridge
Makeup: Gee Pikinga
A CUTTING EDGE CAREER
Name: Alice Tucker
Workplace: Servilles Hair Salon, Newmarket
Tertiary Education: Servilles Academy of Hairdressing
Like all creative industries, in hairdressing, you have to put in the hard yards at the beginning, but it pays off in the end. With top hairdressers around Auckland earning up to $100k and more, it’s a trade that can take you anywhere. We caught up with Servilles Academy Graduate, and rising star in the hairdressing industry, Alice Tucker, who gave us some insight into her exciting, fast-paced and rewarding career.
Tell us about studying hairdressing?
I completed two 34 week courses at Servilles Academy of Hairdressing. During that time, I was taught all the foundation skills of being a good hairdresser (shampoo, massage, blow waves), through to more technical and specialised areas (creative colouring, editorial styling and dry cutting). Being in an environment where you could learn on mannequins, before doing actual salon clients, was an extremely helpful thing.
What’s the best thing about being a hairdresser?
The variety! I style hair in the salon, do editorial work for a few New Zealand magazines, runway shows, colour work, and I’ve done endless styling events for Servilles, both locally and nationally. I also work exclusively with some of New Zealand’s leading musicians, looking after their hair for photoshoots and events. It’s so rewarding to have a career I love.
What makes Servilles stand out above other hair dressing institutes?
Servilles Academy provides lots of opportunities for industry experience such as hairdressing for NZ Fashion Week, and working on TV shows such as X-Factor. I loved the connections I made at Servilles Academy, and the valuable experience I gained from working through the assessments. I’ve been mentored by some of the best in the industry at both Servilles Academy and Servilles Newmarket salon.
Sound good? Take the next step and call 0800 SERVILLES or text 021 307235 or email DonnaA@servilles.co.nz
HAIRDRESSING TAKES YOU PLACES
– REBECCA SHER STUDYING AT SERVILLES ACADEMY
What made you decide to be a hairdresser?
All the creative opportunities and how open it is as a career, I didn’t realise how diverse the industry is until I started training, there are so many opportunities to move into all sorts of different directions. I’ve always wanted to be a hairdresser and I love working with people, making them beautiful on the outside as well as in!
Why did you choose Servilles Academy?
I really liked the fact that it’s so connected to the industry through Servilles salons. I came in for my interview and it was just such an awesome space, it felt like an inspiring place to be.
Best bit about being a hairdresser in-training?
For me personally, it’s been finally putting myself to task in something that I’ve always wanted to do. You can really explore your creativity. You can make mistakes! In fact you are encouraged to make them and learn from them. The tutors really are here for the students, as much effort as you put in they will meet you 110%. They’ll push and challenge you to fulfill your potential. Definitely for me, whenever I have come up against a challenging or confusing area in my training or just in general there are always people to help you and find solutions for you.
Who inspires you as a hairdresser?
Paul Serville came and spoke to our class at the academy, when he shared his story he really opened my eyes to the importance of always learning and being open to new things. The world is our playground to draw inspiration from and make your own path to the future that you want for yourself.
Have you had any exciting opportunities while training at Servilles Academy?
So many! Most recently I was named finalist for the Joico Protégé competition for INDUSTRY NZ. As a finalist, I was mentored by a top NZ hairdresser and got a professional make-up artist, photographer and top model to do my own shoot. We presented on-stage as well at INDUSTRY which was pretty awe-inspiring. Other opportunities I’ve had were being part of the team who went to the Jessie J concert. We did the hair for concert goers and then got to watch her show after, it was really interesting to see how many people were excited to get their hair done and appreciated the service. I also work at Servilles Mission Bay, I’m learning so much from the team there and I’ve helped with Shave for a Cure too which was really nice to give something back.
Any advice you would give someone considering a career as a hairdresser?
Its hard work but the rewards are amazing, don’t give up. It’s not easy but you can make personal goals each step of the way, talk to your tutors, you’d be surprised how much time they will give to help you, they’re here for you. Choose carefully where you study, shop around and get a feel for where you can get the most out of your training.
What is your overall career goal?
I want do everything! I love this industry, I want to experience all of it! Something I have learned since I have started training is that there’s so much more to hairdressing than just working in salon day to day.