In the cut for Fashion Week
GRAFTON hairdresser Kerrie Di Mattia has shown that it is never too late to live your dream.
Ms Di Mattia and three of her hairdressers, Luci Monaghan, Demi Brotherson and Kate Harvison, are off to work on the models at Australian Fashion Week in Sydney next week.
The salon learned of its selection for Fashion Week about a month ago and ever since the staff has been practising for the big event.
Ms Di Mattia said they would be working on two shows for designers Camilla Franks on Monday and Nicola Finetti on the Tuesday.
The Grafton team earned their shot at the big time because of their allegiance to the hairdressing products giant Joico.
“We’re an exclusive Joico salon,” Ms Di Mattia said.
“A company rep visits us every eight weeks and every four weeks the girls train with a Joico tech.
“We go in any shows that come up that Joico is involved in.
“The rep was given an opportunity to recommend a salon and he selected us.”
Working at Fashion Week will mean a big change from the type of work normally done at the salon.
“It’s a type of work called session work,” Ms Di Mattia said.
“We’ll do lots of blow drying, upstyling and braiding. It’s all about putting the finishing touches to hair rather than the basic cutting and colouring of salon work.”
She said the salon’s selection was a career highlight for her.
“I’ve been passionate about hair for 30 years and this is a huge honour for me,” she said.
“More importantly it is an inspiring opportunity for my staff.
“Not many hair stylists get this sort of opportunity so early in their careers.
“The girls have been practising for weeks, trying out all different styling methods.”
Ms Di Mattia said they would be working with leading stylists over the two days.
“There’s a guy from the USA, Lance Blanchett, who is the director of hair at the show,” she said.
“He will come and let us know what we will be doing and then we just go flat out.”
The Grafton quartet is expecting a couple of adrenalin filled days as they will be flying by the seat of their pants all the time.
“We’ll be going in blind both days,” Ms Di Mattia said.
“We won’t know who we will be working on or what they want.
“It’s going to be exciting and nerve wracking.”
Whatever happens, Ms Di Mattia and her staff know that this experience will be one that stays with them forever.
“I would just like everyone to know how proud I am of all my girls,” she said.