Crowning glory for Highland hair fling

Holly ThompsonSound Telegraph
International judge Robert Lobetta and Lisa Polini.
Camera IconInternational judge Robert Lobetta and Lisa Polini. Credit: Supplied

Rockingham hairdresser Lisa Polini has won the Best Women’s Commercial Collection 2020, after being nominated for the category in the International Hairdressing Awards held in Madrid, Spain.

Ms Polini said her best friend and publicist Claire Maher from Cemantics Communications had entered her collection titled Highland Armour into the awards.

“I was pinching myself when I was announced as a finalist among the industry’s most esteemed hairdressers from around the world,” she said.

“This was one of the overall five categories judged by a panel of international hairdressing icons, so as you can imagine, it’s a complete honour to be crowned the winner in a highly regarded, global competition.

She said there was 15 finalists who were all flown in from around the world to attend a welcome dinner with the judging panel, followed by the awards ceremony and gala the following evening.

“I’m a single mother of two primary school aged children, one was diagnosed with severe autism, and often find myself juggling many tasks at once.

International Hairdressing Awards Best Women’s Commercial Collection 2020 winner Lisa Polini.
Camera IconInternational Hairdressing Awards Best Women’s Commercial Collection 2020 winner Lisa Polini. Credit: Supplied

“I am blessed to have an incredible support network which allows me the time to travel interstate and overseas when work commitments or opportunities arise.

“I honestly can say my job gives me so many amazing experiences and I wouldn’t be the woman or mother I am today if I didn’t take the opportunities and at times risks I have had presented to me over the years.”

Ms Polini said she had been working in the hairdressing industry for 25 years on and still loved her job.

“I plan on working within the industry for plenty more years to come,” she said.

“After owning and running my own businesses for 17 years, I now work as a full-time educator for De Lorenzo Haircare, but I still freelance my business, Hype Hair Studio, by appointment only to regular clients.

“My favourite part of my job is connecting with both hairdressers and clients on a professional and personal level. I love to see my students succeed and often mentor apprentices to help them realise hairdressing is a career that can take them around the world.”

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