Creative apprentices to put on hair-raising show 

Jessica Scotchmer puts the finishing touches to an avant-garde hairstyle on fellow Headlines hairdresser Ali Muir. Steffi Hayes did the make-up

Charles Darwin University hairdressing student Jessica Scotchmer is fast forging a reputation as one of Alice Springs’ more creative hairdressers.

Jessica, who missed out on winning the Territory World Skills final in Darwin this year by just one point, will next month become the first Alice Springs based student to complete a Certificate IV in Hairdressing.

She is looking forward to competing in the CDU Hairdressing Show at the Desert Lantern Restaurant on Grevillea Drive on Monday September 19.

“I’ve got my registration in and so have a lot of the other girls so it should be pretty competitive and a lot of fun,” she said.

“There are 10 categories covering all aspects of hairdressing including braiding, colour and fashion, but I’ll be focusing on the avant-garde category where we get the chance to make a really big statement.”

Hairdressing lecturer Linda Manning said she expected about 20 of Alice Springs’ most promising hairdressers to participate.

“The apprentices will work on about 60 models, each of whom will participate in a fashion parade in the evening, so it will be quite exciting,” she said.

“There will be lots of colour, creativity and energy and in the avant-garde category plenty of extravagance and a touch of the outrageous.”

Currently more than 40 students are enrolled in various hairdressing units from Certificate II, III and IV.