Local stylist wins gold in competition

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A local stylist is golden.

Shelby Tait, 2017 Cosmetology honours graduate of the Nova Scotia Community College, recently competed in the Goldwells Global Colorzoom competition and on July 8 she heard she took gold in the New Talent Colorist category.

A member of the Chelsea Laine Salon and Colour Bar, Tait will be going to Toronto in August for training to prepare for her trip and presentation at Global Zoom 2019 in Vienna, Austria at the end of September. Along with her model and boss, Chelsea Laine, they will be travelling internationally to compete against 40 countries, consisting of three finalists from each country with three winners to come out on top.

Her model and travelling partner was a stranger to Tait, a step-daughter of a regular client who has modeled for hair photos in the past.

Each stylist is judged on placement, format and the mixing and naming of their own colours. “If you want to use blue, they don’t want you to use just a blue, they want you to create a blue,” Tait used as an example with respect to her award winning style.

The competition will see each contestant take three hours live on stage to do a replication of the photo submitted, being judged on the saturation levels, how much colour is in the bowl, on the brush and more. While being very technical there is a lot of creativity and passion involved in each submission.

Always interested in hairdressing, which was passed on to her through two generations, Tait just expected to have a spot in her basement. “I had no idea this sort of thing was available.”

Working at the salon as a student, starting with sweeping floors and scheduling appointments, Laine hired her on just a year later and is proud of her success.

Shelby Tait works on her newest creation at the Chelsea Laine Salon and Colour Bar in New Glasgow. (Butlland photo)