PMB stylists chosen to judge EOHCB competition

2017-07-05 06:01
Shantal Benecke (left) and Mervin Naidoo have been chosen to judge in the Employers Organisation for Hairdressing, Cosmetology Beauty competition.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Shantal Benecke (left) and Mervin Naidoo have been chosen to judge in the Employers Organisation for Hairdressing, Cosmetology Beauty competition.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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NOT long ago they were contestants, now they are part of a competition judging panel.

Two Maritzburg hairstylists - Mervin Naidoo and Shantal Benecke - are on the judging panel of the Employers Organisation for Hairdressing, Cosmetology Beauty (EOHCB) competition to be held on July 23 at the Hilton Hotel in Durban.

The annual competition draws hairstylists from across KZN every year.

Naidoo and Benecke, who work at Blu Gel Hair Studio in Scottsville, are just two of the 10 judges for the prestigious competition.

Naidoo has been in the hair industry for 23 years and said he is honoured to have been chosen with Benecke.

“This is a huge accomplishment for me because I entered the competition before, but they have chosen me to be their judge.

“Being chosen shows I have grown so much in the hair industry and I am grateful to the committee for choosing us.

“This means I will be judging 10 salons in various categories from all over KwaZulu-Natal.

“I am very humbled by this, especially because it is only us who were chosen from Pietermaritzburg. I love Pietermaritzburg and I want to represent it.”

Naidoo said he feels he has reached the level he wanted to be 23 years ago, but still feels he needs to learn more.

“This industry has given me a lot of joy, but I am still learning. You only achieve big things by hard work and pushing yourself.

“I still have many steps to climb to reach the higher levels.”

The EOHCB winners will progress to the SA hairdressing competition and then the world hairdressing competition.

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