Lisa Batson (right) with her model Jess Vickery and the award-winning look she created.
Lisa Batson (right) with her model Jess Vickery and the award-winning look she created.

Lisa cuts her way to success

The chains were from Mitre 10, the pants a $20 special from a local clothing store, and the rest an ingenious cut and stud affair out of an old vinyl skirt – all part of ‘the look’ that Mullumbimby hair stylist Lisa Batson created for her model, Jess Vickery, to take to Sydney to compete in the Hair Expo contest last week.


And not only did Lisa achieve a cutting-edge look for her model in her hand-made outfit, she also took out first place in the open international cutting competition – the biggest event on the hairdressing calendar in Australia.


Lisa, competing with 19 others, was given 35 minutes to create ‘an outstanding vision for a total look, sensational cutting and styling skills and the ability to excel under pressure’ up on stage at Darling Harbour, with the British Hairdresser of the Year in the audience among other big names in the hairdressing world.


“It’s certainly the most challenged I’ve been in my career,” said Lisa.


“But it’s something that pushes you to find out what’s relevant, what’s coming.


“I’ve looked at more fashion magazines in the last two months than in the last two years.”


Yet Lisa is no stranger to pressure under big lights, for in 1992 she won the junior event at Hair Expo, as well as other subsequent awards.


She decided to enter the contest this year mainly because ‘I have a stunning second-year apprentice’, and also to help and inspire the apprentices she works with in a salon in Bangalow.


She said that winning was not something high on her priorities.


“I just went in it for fun,” she said.


And Lisa says her goal ‘was not to embarrass myself’.


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