Ten award-winning HITO hairdressing apprentices will curate hair for a show designed to highlight the important role hair stylists play in the world of fashion. This show takes you behind the scenes to shine a light on the creative contribution that hairstylists bring to fashion and how they became qualified to do it.

Apprentices will showcase their work on models dressed in garments provided by fashion collective Public Library who work with a range of national and international brands such as Deadly Ponies, Stolen Girlfriends Club and Tsubi.

Co-owner of the award-winning salon Buoy, Michael Beel, is the MC and mentor of HITO’s runway show Hair Is the Hero. Beel has trained many HITO apprentices over the years at his salon in Wellington and is curating the hair for several shows throughout New Zealand Fashion Week. Many of the apprentices will also be working during the week on shows curated by Beel and other NZFW veterans such as internationally acclaimed stylist Richard Kavanagh.

Hair Is the Hero showcases a range of diverse talent from HITO’s apprentices who have developed their own hair designs and concepts, and Beel will oversee the looks to ensure they are cohesive. One to watch is Andrew Cobeldick who was awarded L’Oréal Professional Stylist of the Year at The Collective. Cobeldick’s accomplishments continue to pile up as he impresses the world with his creations and personal brand _filthymisfit .

The advantage of getting qualified through a HITO apprenticeship is that you can start at any time, and you get paid to do it. For hair and barbering, 90 percent of the training is done on the job, with a few block courses completed out of the work-space to cover theoretical aspects of the qualification. For beauty apprenticeships, 100 percent of their training is done in-salon and on the job.

HITO apprentices get the advantage of putting everything they learn into practice immediately, building up confidence, clients, and earning money while they learn. For more information visit