Believe in yourself.Laura Williams, Hairdresser
At only 20-years old, Nelson hair stylist Nadine Gratton is taking the hairdressing world by storm. Last year she scooped the most prestigious award for an apprentice; HITO’s Apprentice of the Year.
"Winning this award absolutely topped off my year," she says. "It has been a massive goal and to finally achieve it is overwhelming."
Now a nationally qualified stylist, Nadine was thankful to be able to finish her apprenticeship on such a high note.
"It's an amazing feeling and a privilege to be chosen," she says.
For Nadine, a hairdressing career was always on the cards. She took hairdressing as a subject while at Marlborough Girls' College, so when she finished school she already knew she loved working with hair.
"I don’t remember ever having to think about what I should do after school, I just knew I wanted to do hairdressing," she explains.
Nadine moved to Nelson to pursue her hairdressing training and ended up completing her apprenticeship at Ursula Harris Hair Design, where she continues to work today. Her favourite parts of her job include the ability to make her clients happy, and creating hairstyles that people love.
Not one to shy away from a challenge, Nadine says she’s looking forward to entering many competitions in the coming months. At the moment, her focus is on a competition called WorldSkills. Nadine took out the bronze medal at WorldSkills Nationals in 2014, giving her a chance to represent New Zealand in Brazil at the international competition later this year.
Competing in WorldSkills is just one of the many opportunities that Nadine has taken advantage of during her apprenticeship. She has also been doing photographic work and has been published in titles such as Wild Tomato, Magnolia Rouge and Blush magazines. Recently she was profiled in NZ’s top pop culture magazine, REMIX.
Nadine is excited about what the future holds and she hopes to show others how exciting a career in hairdressing can be.