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Emerging hairdresser Kaylee Woodley France-bound for international hairdressing showcase

Rhiannon Clarke -

An emerging hairdresser hailing from Geraldton is off to France to represent Australia in the International hairdressing showcase.

A proud Wajarri Yamatji Nuylu woman, Kaylee (Steellisha) Woodley's passion for hair has been with her since the age of five.

Ms Woodley worked on the weekends while at school making coffees for clients and making sure the hairdresser shop was clean and tidy.

However her work did not go unnoticed as recently she was named Central Regional Aboriginal Tafe Student of the Year in Western Australia.

Becoming the first Hairdresser to take home the award making her team and mentor and longtime family friend Teresa Italiano proud.

"To see her come this far with this opportunity for her to go to St Tropez is just amazing," Ms Italiano told 7 News regional WA.

Since completing her apprenticeship in January, Ms Woodley is one of three selected to represent Australia and First Nations hairdressers.

Now Woodley will be jetting off to France to participate in the International hairdressing showcase in St Tropez, where she will be assigned a model to work on to show off her skills and talents to the world.

"I'm really excited to see all the other work," Ms Woodley said.

The mid-west community has rallied around the talented young hairdresser, with clients of the salon donating to help fund the trip.

Ms Woodley has been met with a generous tip from an anonymous donor who sent her $500.

While the Intercoiffure Mondial Australia, the founder of Foundation Guillaume, has also contributed $750.

Lastly the International not-for-profit organisation Soroptimists contributed $1000 towards her trip.

Midwest branch president Leanne Sice said the organisation was glad to be supporting Ms Woodley.

"Anything to do with women and girls, we advocate and assist them in becoming the best version of themselves," she told the Geraldton Guardian.

Ms Woodley will begin her trip to France in June.

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