TOP JOB: Student Lianna Jones won an award at the Ipswich Fashion Festival Gala.
TOP JOB: Student Lianna Jones won an award at the Ipswich Fashion Festival Gala. Inga Williams

Impressive natural talent puts student a cut above the rest

THE Ipswich Fashion Festival added a new Session Style Hair Award this year showcasing the hottest catwalk trends in hair design and innovation.

Although a range of seasoned hairdressers entered the awards, local student Lianna Jones thought she would give it a go.

After just four months of studying hairdressing at the College of Australian Training, the student thought she had no chance.

That was until her name was called out and she walked up to the podium to accept the top prize.

"I was really surprised," she said.

"I just love doing hair, cutting, colouring, styling - I like everything.

"Hair is like my therapy, it relaxes me.

"I have done other jobs but none that I have loved as much as this."

Ms Jones travelled from Western Australia to Ipswich to pursue her dream of hairdressing and said the complex style that won the award took her just an hour to complete.

The mother of six is currently working in the College of Australian Training's student-run salon and is four months into her 12-month course.

The college's business development manager, Cheryl Stacey, described her latest star student as a natural.

"There are a lot of hairdressers but not many are as passionate as Lianna," she said.

"It all just comes natural to her and she's come so far in such a short time.

"The style she came up with was amazing and we're so proud of her."



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