LAUNCESTON boasts two of the country's leading hairdressers after picking up top gongs in last weekend's national awards.
Clare Dornauf, of Convict Cutters, is the country's best young hairdresser while Blade Runners' Nicole Butler won the open bridal category at the International Hairstylists Society's competition held in Hobart.
``It's so exciting,'' Ms Dornauf said, who competed in several categories in Sunday's competition.
Ms Dornauf, 20, of Perth, said her main effort was a ``crazy, out-there cut'' she devised after poring through fashion magazines.
``My model was blonde all over, with a blue line following around and pink on top . . . I love the creative stuff,'' she said.
In the competitive bridal section, Ms Butler took the national crown after previously winning the state competition.
``It's my passion, I had a wedding every weekend last summer . . . I love doing my hair-ups and make-up and that sort of thing,'' she said.
Ms Butler said she owed a lot to her model, who was in preparation days before the event, including a trip down the Midland Highway without putting a hair out of place.
``I had to set her hair on Saturday, she slept in the rollers . . . she was great and really keen,'' Ms Butler said.
The winning style included fingerwaves around the head, with two slides with pearls and crystals out the back.
``There were quite a few nights in here, it was a big thing,'' she said.
Blade Runners took out the open high fashion team collection prize, and Mikayla Cornish-Brown won first place for open men's catwalk.
Across town, Convict Cutters hairdresser Leah Kettle also took out the open way out colour prize.
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