Wodonga TAFE Hairdressing Teacher a finalist for 2018 Hair Expo’s ‘NSW/ACT Hairdresser of the Year’

Wodonga TAFE Hairdressing Teacher a finalist for 2018 Hair Expo’s ‘NSW/ACT Hairdresser of the Year’

By Susan Burdett
07 Jun 2018

Ms Zoe Wilde, one of the talented team of Hairdressing teachers at Wodonga TAFE, is a finalist in the ‘NSW/ACT Hairdresser of the Year 2018’ category at the upcoming 2018 Hair Expo. The Award winners will be announced at the Hair Expo Awards Gala on Monday 11 June in Melbourne. Proclaimed as ‘the longest-standing awards in Australia’, the Awards are in their 33rd year and give hairdressers the opportunity to showcase their craft as the ‘height of excellence in the hair industry in Australia and New Zealand.’

This is Zoe’s second nomination as an award finalist as she was also nominated in 2017. As part of last year’s award entry, Zoe’s campaign focus was ‘White Ribbon on Domestic Violence on Women and Children’, which saw her hosting a black tie gala night that raised almost $10,000 for her chosen fundraiser.

Zoe said she was proud to be a finalist again in 2018, and as a finalist she will be part of a team presenting at Hair Expo Australia in Melbourne over the June long weekend. “We will be hosting a seminar to hundreds of hairdressers on how we can help women who are experiencing domestic violence. As I have been hairdressing for 15 years I have seen first-hand what some clients are going through with violence in their life”, said Zoe. “The seminar is called ‘Safe Hands’ and is aimed at building a community within the hair industry and giving advice on what we can do to potentially save a client’s life or at the very least advise them on what steps they may take to leave the situation safely.”

Zoe said her 2018 collection built on last year’s contribution in her debut finalist award. “I am using my hair art (collections) and finalist title to speak up about and start a conversation about Domestic Violence. The collection is ‘Isolated’ which is a side-step from last year’s ‘Warrioress’ collection which was around Domestic Violence. ‘Isolated’ relates to the aftermath and mental state resulting of DV. The words across each of these models come from the song ‘Glycerine’ by Bush - this is the song that hits me hard when I am in the state of Isolation”, explained Zoe. Zoe’s 2018 Hair Expo entry can be viewed online via http://www.hairexpoaustralia.com/en/hair-expo-awards/gallery/2018/Finalists-/new-outh-alesustralian-capital-territory/Zoe-Wilde-/

“We are so very proud of what Zoe has achieved and what she is representing every year”, said Theresa Finnimore, who is a Senior Educator in Creative Industries at Wodonga TAFE. “Our Hairdressing training facility here is so incredibly lucky to have such a passionate and talented teacher. Zoe is willing to share her knowledge and experience with our students so they too can hopefully go on to achieve great things.”

Zoe Wilde, hairdressing teacher at Wodonga TAFE