Believe in yourself.Laura Williams, Hairdresser
"My mum thought I should go to university and study," Tyla says. "She said hairdressing was all long hours and not very good pay. But I wanted to have a job that was creative and fun, and I didn't want to sit in an office all day".
It wasn't only her parents that were unsure about her career choice.
"I actually bumped into my former Deputy Principal the other day," Tyla says. "When he heard I was a hairdresser he said 'surely that can't be intellectually stimulating enough for you?' I told him it might not be high level math or science, but hairdressing has its own set of tricky skills - not everyone can hold a conversation with someone for three hours, all the while cutting their hair and keeping them entertained and comfortable".
Tyla left school and went straight into her apprenticeship. She was excited about the opportunity move out of a small town and into Mount Maunganui.
"I looked forward to having fun and meeting new people," Tyla says. "Hairdressing turned out to be a lot harder than I thought, but the challenges I faced only made it more exciting and rewarding".
Tyla is loving her hairdressing career. Her parents are more supportive now, and her friends are envious of her ability to dress and look the way she wants (the opportunity for haircuts from a friend doesn't hurt either). She's had the opportunity to attend heaps of amazing seminars, like a look and learn session with stylist Sam Overton. Tyla also recently graduated at HITO Graduation, which she says was "a fantastic opportunity to meet everyone who contributed to my success".
For anyone thinking about a career in hair, Tyla says:
"Go into it with an open mind. Don't think it will be easy, but stick with it - the rewards make all your effort worthwhile. I'm so glad I kept going and made it to the end of my apprenticeship".
Now that she's qualified, Tyla hopes to travel and work overseas. She's got her sights set on a salon in Melbourne who do the sort of grungy, alternative work Tyla loves. She also hopes to do more editorial work.
"I love crazy colour work and edgy styles," Tyla says. "I want to do something a bit different".