Bunbury apprentice a cut above

Nicolette BarbasSouth Western Times
Kai Norton, 16, was the first hairdressing apprentice in Australia who recently made it onto the Redken Australia Style Team.
Camera IconKai Norton, 16, was the first hairdressing apprentice in Australia who recently made it onto the Redken Australia Style Team. Credit: Nicolette Barbas

A 16-year-old Bunbury boy has shown his hair styling skills after successfully making it to the Redken Australia Style Squad at the Loreal Headquarters at an event held in Perth.

Just six months into his hairdressing apprenticeship, Kai Norton was the youngest apprentice in Australia to land a spot on the squad.

“It was crazy, I was up against qualified hairdressers and I’m only a first year apprentice, so initially I was pretty scared,” Kai said.

“Some of the tasks we had to complete were quite challenging, but I seemed to get the hang of it.”

Kai said his passion for hairdressing surfaced when he was aged about two. “I’ve wanted to do hair dressing since I was two years old,” he said.

“I used to pick up the Barbie dolls and cut their hair and then eventually I worked my way up to blow-drying my Nan’s hair and now I’m working here and love what I do every single day.”

With another 21/2 years left on his hairdressing apprenticeship, Kai is looking forward to what the future holds.

“I spend every day at CT Salon with Cody and he is such a good teacher,” he said.

“I have so many ideas for the future.

“I would love to start a business working one-on-one with clients or at fashion shows, I just love the high-speed pace and I’m also into make-up so who knows what I’ll end up doing.

“The possibilities are endless.”

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