Taupō Cremebrulee Hair Salon and Mancraft Barbers Win Big at Industry Awards

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Model Troy Gray sports a winning hairstyle from Apprentice Mancraft Barber (Taupō) Tee Tupara for the 2021 Industry Awards, announced February 20, 2022. Photo/Supplied

The bowl cut has its own Wikipedia entry.

And a modern take on the 1960s hairstyle has won a national award for apprentice barber Mancraft Barbers Taupō Tee Tupara, 40, in a hair, beauty and barber competition.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the results of the Industry Awards 2021 have been postponed until February this year, and last week the results were broadcast live to contestants across New Zealand.

Tee says Cremebrulee, Mancraft Barbers Taupō and Patreece Corban, owner of Rotorua, hosted an awards night at the Dance Club for his staff.

“The boss threw a party and we were all thrilled,” said Tee, who has a four-year hairdressing apprenticeship and is due to graduate in May.

Tee won the Editorial Barber of the Year – Next Generation 2021 award, for his reinvented bowl cut.

“I spent hours looking at different hairstyles and took a bit of each to make my own.”

On February 20, 2022, Mancraft Barbers Taupō Apprentice Barber Tee Tupara won Editorial Barber of the Year - New Generation at the 2021 Industry Awards. Photo/Supplied
On February 20, 2022, Mancraft Barbers Taupō Apprentice Barber Tee Tupara won Editorial Barber of the Year – New Generation at the 2021 Industry Awards. Photo/Supplied

The Industry Awards are a photo contest, so Tee added color to make the photo pop.

She attributes her victory to her co-workers.

“I’m surrounded by really creative people.”

Her model Troy Gray was also “so cooperative and open to letting me do whatever I wanted with her hair.”

She describes the style as an edgy bowl cut, with the sides shaved down to the skin and the top textured with highlights.

“It’s nothing like any youngster would wear it. But the point of the contest is to create something different and cool that has never been done.”

Tee says eventually all the great styles are making a comeback, and she chose the bowl cut as she admires styles from the 1960s.

She works between Cremebrulee and Mancraft Barbers and says most male customers ask for a fade or a mullet.

“Just when we think the mule is going to die, an All Black has one.”

The win was a big surprise for Tee. Fellow barbers Rachel Elmiger and Chantal Taylor finished second and third in the same category, and Rotorua Mancraft Barbers manager Shilo Koroheke finished second overall for the Editorial Stylist of the Year award.

Cremebrulee hairstylist Tayla Corban was named Apprentice of the Year at the 2021 Industry Awards, held on February 20, 2022. Photo/Supplied
Cremebrulee hairstylist Tayla Corban was named Apprentice of the Year at the 2021 Industry Awards, held on February 20, 2022. Photo/Supplied

Tayla Corban, 19, Cremebrulee makeup artist and hairstylist apprentice, won the Apprentice of the Year award at the Industry Awards.

Tayla says her mother Patreece has two apprentices at a time, for each of the four years it takes to qualify as a hairdresser. Tayla is also due to graduate in May.

She had to put together a portfolio for her Apprentice of the Year, saying the category was more about character than showing technique.

“My portfolio was about when my passion [for hair design] started and contained information about the fundraisers and raffles that we have run through the Fiji Women’s Fair. »

Tayla was also a finalist in four award categories.

“When one of our names appeared on the screen [during the awards] we all shouted.”

After graduation, Tee and Tayla plan to stay at Cremebrulee and Mancraft Barbers.

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