A BORDER apprentice hairdresser who says her job is a way of expressing creativity has been named Victoria’s best.
Natasha D’Allura, 17, from Sabastian Blac’s salon in Albury was awarded the Hair and Beauty Industry of Australia apprentice of the year at a ceremony in Melbourne.
“I was so shocked because I was up against some of Melbourne’s top salons and beat them all,” she said.
As a second year apprentice, Ms D’Allura said she was honoured to have done so well.
“I have wanted to be a hairdresser for a long time,’’ she said.
“For me, hairdressing is an art form and it’s not a glamourous job like everyone thinks.
“Some days you can spend up to 12 hours on your feet and it is quite physical as you are always cutting or blow drying hair.”
It was the second accolade for Ms D’Allura who two months ago achieved runner-up in the apprentice of the year finals at Victoria University out of a field of more than 3000 students.
Sabastian Blac said he was proud of his apprentice.
“Natasha is the fourth apprentice in my salon and the first to get this award and this kind of high standard recognition,” he said.