The ultra-competitive world of hairdressing and make-up are in the spotlight on Maori Television’s hot new reality series HEAD START.
Hosted by the popular presenter Matai Smith, HEAD START follows a group of aspiring hair and make-up artists from auditions to finale as they compete for an $18,000 scholarship to New Zealand’s premiere hair and make-up school, Cut Above Academy, based in the heart of Auckland CBD.
The winner will also spend six weeks’ work experience in Maori Television’s make-up department, as well as a year’s supply of Matrix hair care products.
The series introduces the contestants as they survive a demanding audition from which an expert judging panel selects 13 hopefuls who go on to compete in a different hair and make-up challenge each week.
Over the series, some of New Zealand’s top hair, make-up and fashion experts join the show in the search for one winner.
All the real life pressures of the beauty and entertainment industries are faced by the contestants as the audience follows their highs and lows, excitement and frustration, as they compete to be the best in all aspects of hair, make-up and styling.
Each week climaxes with an elimination round as the firing squad of judges deliver honest guidance – as well as the odd brutal truth – before someone is sent home.
Producer Jeni-Leigh Walker says if you are in the hair and make-up industry and you want to have a look at some of the diamonds in the rough out there then cast your eye over this show.
“Our contestants are challenged each week by top industry specialists sharing their secrets and the results… well you’ll have to take a look and see for yourself.”
Maori Television’s make-up team leader Bianca Fallon – an alumni of the Cut Above Academy and former member of the L’Oreal make-up team for New Zealand Fashion Week – leads the judges, and is joined each week by an expert from the industry and a well-known celebrity judge.
And just so viewers can get their own HEAD START at home, each episode also features an interactive tutorial in the techniques covered in the challenges.
HEAD START premieres on Maori Television on Saturday 9 July at 7pm.