Vanessa Watt, owner of Infiniti Hair, is sending her first-year apprentice Lilly Heinrich (left) off to the Brisbane Hair and Beauty Expo.
Vanessa Watt, owner of Infiniti Hair, is sending her first-year apprentice Lilly Heinrich (left) off to the Brisbane Hair and Beauty Expo. Madeline Grace

Apprentice one of eight to make cut for Hair and Beauty Expo

KINGAROY'S Lilly Heinrich didn't think she would be chosen out of the 200-plus Queensland hairdresser apprentices who applied for a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience at this year's Brisbane Hair and Beauty Expo.

Fortunately her boss and mentor Vanessa Watt, senior hairdresser at Infiniti Hair, pushed her to apply.

Ms Watt said she wasn't expecting Ms Heinrich to be chosen, purely because she was only a first-year apprentice.

"They only pick eight hairdresser apprentices out of all of those applicants who applied,” she said.

"So usually those eight are second or third years. They don't usually take first years.

"We're just so excited for Lilly and for this opportunity. She only just started this year and she's already learning so much and is much more advanced than I was as a first-year apprentice.”

Ms Heinrich said she was beyond excited about the opportunity.

"I'm mostly excited to learn from everyone else there, plus meeting the other apprentices will be good,” she said.

"This will be a great experience.”

Ms Heinrich will be creating an up-do hairstyle when she takes the stage at the Brisbane Beauty and Hair Expo next Sunday, July 28.

Infiniti Hair apprentice Lilly Heinrich practising for the Brisbane Hair and Beauty Expo.
Infiniti Hair apprentice Lilly Heinrich practising for the Brisbane Hair and Beauty Expo. Vanessa Watt (Infiniti Hair)

"We got sent a picture of the model and her outfit,” Ms Watt said.

"That way we could plan based on the dress and her hair.

"It's a big red dress and is kinda 50s style, so Lilly decided she wanted to do a big 50s up-do to match.”

Ms Watt said apprentices didn't usually learn up-dos or hot roll curling as early as Ms Heinrich had.

"Usually we tackle these harder hairstyles towards the end of their second year,” she said.

"Lilly has just blown me away with how quickly she's learning. She's just really good at what she does.

"It took me months to learn how to do pin-up style heat curls. She had it down pat in about 10 minutes.”

Infiniti Hair is always on the lookout for people who are willing to have their hair styled to help Ms Heinrich complete her apprenticeship.

Ms Heinrich is also doing $10 treatments which include a blow-dry and straighten or waved hairstyle.