Gloria Curtis getting her hair trimmed by new up and coming stylist Sarah Black at Just Teasin' Hair and Beauty in Monto.
Gloria Curtis getting her hair trimmed by new up and coming stylist Sarah Black at Just Teasin' Hair and Beauty in Monto. Sam Turner

The next gen of Monto's hair stylists

GET ready to frost your tips and style your bangs by Monto's newest hairdressing talent.

Monto's Just Teasin' hair salon has just hired a young up-and-coming hairstylist by the name of Sarah Black.

Having graduated from high school two years ago, Ms Black was approached by assistant manager Mackenzie Baldwin to join the ranks at their local business.

"I originally worked in a hairdresser while I was in school doing tea and tidy, and I enjoyed the environment,” Ms Black said.

"I always wanted to go to the next level, but I didn't have the confidence.”

With a passion for hair, Ms Black religiously watched tutorials online, with a preference for colouring and styling.

"Over a three week trial I was able to sit back and learn about block colouring, men's haircuts and styling,” Ms Black said.

"Then on Tuesday I was signed up as their next full time apprentice hairdresser.”

Ms Baldwin operates the salon with manager and mum Judi Baldwin, who bought the business over 10 years ago.

"I've been qualified for two years now, but I've pretty much worked here my whole life,” Mackenzie said.

"Mum has had to take a few days off now to help with the family farm, and with the busy days I can't be by myself.

"I approached Sarah and asked if she'd be willing do take part in a hairdressing apprenticeship, and she said 100 per cent.”

After moving here 24 years ago from Hervey Bay, Judi had to work from the ground up to establish her salon as a local institution.

"There's been the good times and the tough times with the shop,” Mackenzie said.

"Mum was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago, and even with that she's been able to make it work.”

Relishing in the fact they've been able to employ someone local, Mackenzie says it's great to have been able to employ someone in these tough times.

"With the mine shutting down and the Burnett being drought-declared, businesses still need workers.

"It just proves we can jump another obstacle, and give someone a go which keeps the town alive.”

So what's the best part of becoming a hairdresser for Ms Black?

"It's just the people and the environment that is the best,” she said.

"When you can see what you started with and what you ended with, and you know the customer likes it, it's just great.”

With four years to go with her apprenticeship, Ms Black wants to finish it quickly, but to the best she can.


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