By Gord Bowes, News staff
Abby Collver could probably make a bowl cut look great.
Collver, a Grade 11 student at Académie catholique Mère-Teresa on the east Mountain, clipped and sculpted her way to victory at the recent Skills Ontario hairstyling competition.
“I always had a passion for hair and the art of it,” she says. “It’s all about precision and balance. It’s all very visual — it’s a form of art for me.”
Collver is the first student for the French Catholic school board of South-Central Ontario to win the provincial competition. She will compete against other provincial champs in the Skills Canada June 4-7 in Toronto.
The Skills Canada event is an Olympic-style, multi-trade and technology competition for young students and apprentices. Collver will represent Team Ontario under the hairdressing discipline.
The hairdressing portion involves two men’s cuts and designs, a woman’s cut, colour and style, and a woman’s up-do. The work is all done on mannequins with wigs of human hair. Most of Collver’s works of art rely on large amounts of hair spray.
Collver has taken the hair dressing class one semester every year at ACMT. Lately, she has been practising two-and-a-half hours a night to prepare for Skills Canada.
“It’s frustrating, but in the end it’s worth it,” she says.
Her teacher, Lorraine Girouard, says Collver is a perfectionist.
“She’s very meticulous.”
Girouard notes the Skills Ontario judges commented how she was focused on the finest of details.
Collver hopes to use her talent one day in the world of high fashion or in Hollywood.