AMANDA Munroe was so keen to be a hairdresser she started helping out at D’Ari Hair salon at just 13.
The teenager, now 16 and a second-year apprentice hairdresser, clearly always wanted to be lopping locks for a living.
Ms Munroe has shown she can match scissors with any apprentice in the State when she claimed first place in the ladies colour category at the recent Queensland TAFE awards.
She was also awarded a highly commended in the braiding section.
“It was really exciting – my heart was beating,” Ms Munroe said when she heard her name announced as the winner.
“I was stoked – I was not expecting it.”
The teen, a creative woman who also lists painting as a hobby, said she liked the way people could express themselves through hair.
“I also like the way people feel about themselves after a visit.
“I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else,” Ms Munroe said.
Ms Munroe also claimed a second place at the Gladstone regional TAFE awards for her junior formal occasion total look.
She has no big plans for the future to own her own salon but aims to finish her trade and maybe travel.
Fellow D’Ari cutter Eilleen Pleavin also took home a gong with her first place in the ladies cut, colour and style section for third-year apprentices.
It will be Ms Pleavin’s last awards, as she has finished her apprenticeship and is now a qualified hairdresser.
The 19-year-old has had a big year, as she was also named in the top five apprentices of the year, but just missed out on the top three.
“It’s one of my top achievements – just being nominated was an awesome feeling,” Ms Pleavin said.
The teen said she may stay at D’Ari, owned by her mum, Deanne, for two years but has no plans.
Both creative cutters thanked Deanne and Jenna Pleavin for their teaching.
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