HAIRSPRAY, giggles and gloss were out in force on Monday night as the 10 Junior Jacaranda entrants got together for their photo shoot.

Annmaree Crawford, who is the joint Junior Jacaranda director, said the girls were super excited to go straight from school to their "transformations".

Hair was styled by Twisted Scissors and Nutrimetics' Karen Hackett and her assistant, who donated their time to help with make-up.

"It went very well," Ms Crawford said.

"It's so far one of the highlights for the girls and the first time they have all had their hair and make up done.

"They're looking forward to having their portraits up in the (Commonwealth Bank) window."

Ms Crawford said 10 was a fairly typical number of entrants and that the girls had already all met each other.

The girls, aged 12-15, will be subject to some secret judging at all their main events.

"They have a few things coming up like the masquerade night and they are busy making their masks and working on their speeches for that night."

Ms Crawford said she thought the quest continued to attract young ladies because it gives them a chance to meet other people and grow.

"It really is wonderful when you see the shy girls who aren't that good with public speaking come out of themselves," Ms Crawford said.

"You get to see them grow from the beginning to the end and that's rewarding."


The Jacaranda Queen Crowning Ceremony will be held on Saturday October 27.

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