BOURNE TO STYLE: Eloise Bourne took home the avante-garde prize at an annual Brisbane School of Hairdressing competition.
BOURNE TO STYLE: Eloise Bourne took home the avante-garde prize at an annual Brisbane School of Hairdressing competition. Contributed

Clermont girl's true flair for hair realised on state stage

CLERMONT'S Eloise Bourne has taken the hairdressing world by storm at the ripe age of 19.

Eloise joined a group of hairdressers on stage for the Brisbane School of Hairdressing's annual Be Inspired. Be Creative. Be a Hairdresser. competition.

She is due to graduate from the school this month with a Certificate III in hairdressing.

Hollywood glamour, fairytales and candy colours were just a taste of what the competition entrants were producing, and Eloise managed to take home the prize for the challenging avante-garde category.

"We were asked to incorporate an element of recycling into our design, so I used aluminium cans to create flowers, painted newspaper for leaves and cuttings off the salon floors to build the hair piece," Eloise said.

"Avante-garde is just like a crazy style - anything you can imagine you can put into a style.

"Most of the other entrants just did the hair, but I wanted to make it mine, my whole creation, so I also made the dress out of old paper cloths."

Eloise said her piece was inspired by flowers and fairytales.

"The dress was Tinkerbell- inspired, but the hair kind of just came to me," she said.

"Just get out there and follow your dreams, because you can't lose."

Eloise Bourne

"I knew I wanted to do roses or flowers of some sort in the hair… the hairdo was actually more of a poison ivy look."

Eloise said she was shocked to win the award, being a small-town girl.

"My parents own a property in Clermont, so it is a bit of a shock because you come from somewhere where there aren't a lot of people," she said.

"And you come to this big city and achieve something major.

"This is really good for my career and good for the direction I want to head in."

Eloise said she will continue entering hair shows in Australia and overseas to build her profile and skills, and encourages others to follow their dreams

"Just get out there and follow your dreams, because you can't lose," she said.


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