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Australian Hair Fashion Awards Announce 2016 Finalists

There’s probably a fair few celebrations taking place across the country this week – that’s because the finalists in the high-profile Australian Hair Fashion Awards (AHFAs) for this year have been announced, recognising Australia’s brightest hairdressers, rising stars, makeup artists, fashion stylists and then some.

Hundreds of entries were whittled down in an unenviable judging process, conducted by some of the most famous hairdressers in the world. The judging took place in London in January, boasting a panel consisting of Angelo Seminara, Anthony Mascolo, Sacha Mascolo Tarbuck, Cos Sakkas, Jamie Stevens, Errol Douglas MBE, Mark Leeson and current British Hairdresser of the Year Darren Ambrose. With some of the biggest names in British hairdressing deciding the finalists, Australian talent was truly taken global.

2016 also welcomed a new group of non-hairdresser judges from a variety of creative fields to survey specialist categories. This included Catherine Handcock, Publisher of UK magazine Creative Head, who looked across all categories, Lisa Oxenham, Style and Beauty Director of British marie claire, who judged Fashion Stylist of the Year and Make-Up Artist of the Year, Robert Johnston, Fashion Director of British GQ, who contributed to Men’s Hairdresser of the Year, BAFTA Award winning short film/ad director Philip Dupée, who selected Hair Fashion Video of the Year, and make-up guru Val Garland who cast her professional eye on Make-Up Artist of the Year. These judges strengthen the event’s core link between hair, fashion and beauty.

The AHFA Product categories will continue to be judged by Australian Beauty Media, including Editors from Harpers Bazaar, Famous, Pop Sugar and Beauty Directory. Business categories will be decided by brand and business experts both in Australia and in the UK, with dynamic new judges including Tim Binnington, Commercial Director and co-owner salon franchise group Headmasters and influential business coach Stephen Gresty.

But enough stalling – let’s get to the finalists (you were all thinking of it… and no we aren’t mad that you prematurely scrolled down). The AHFAs, now in their 24 year, will announce the winners on April 10th at Luna Park. Partnered by global haircare brand L’Oréal Professionnel, the event is a powerhouse of creativity, and an annual highlight (especially for these nominees).

Ok, ok, we get it – here are the finalists.

AHFA Australian Hairdresser of the Year
CATERINA DI BIASE – HEADING OUT HAIR & BEAUTY
CRAIG SMITH – FRUITION
FRANK APOSTOLOPOULOS – BIBA ACADEMY
JAMIE FURLAN – XIANG HAIR
JOEY SCANDIZZO – JOEY SCANDIZZO SALON
UROS MIKIC – KINKY CURLY STRAIGHT

AUSTRALIAN

AHFA Men’s Hairdresser of the Year
AARON CHAN – KINGS DOMAIN
AIDEN HORWOOD – HEADING OUT HAIR & BEAUTY
MADISON VOLOSHIN – DISTRICT SALON
PAUL MASCI – MASCI HAIR & SPA
SHANTELLE NEATE – OSCAR OSCAR SALONS
STEFANO SILVESTRI – PORTFOLIO HAIR

MENS

AHFA Creative Colourist of the Year
ADAM ISLES – ROKK EBONY
DANIELLE SOLIER – XIANG HAIR
KYRA WILLIAMS – JOEY SCANDIZZO SALON
MELISSA WALKER – MASCI HAIR & SPA
RACHEL VITULLO – JOEY SCANDIZZO SALON
TRAVIS BANDIERA – ROYALS HAIR

colourist

AHFA Artistic Team of the Year
BOND HAIR RELIGION
FRANCK PROVOST PARIS HAIR SALONS
FRUITION
HEADING OUT HAIR & BEAUTY
INTERCOIFFURE MONDIAL AUST
TONI&GUY ARTISTIC TEAM

ARTISTIC TEAM

AHFA Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year
ANDREA DE DEUGD – JACOU HAIR & BEAUTY
BILL TSIKNARIS – TSIKNARIS HAIR
LUKE McCAUL – EVOKE HAIR & MAKE-UP
NADIA SEMANIC – TONI&GUY GEORGES
PAUL JAMES GRAHAM – PAUL & PAUL SALON
SHAUN McGRATH – STEVIE ENGLISH HAIR

AVANT GARDE

AHFA NSW/ACT Hairdresser of the Year
ALEXANDER FUCHS – BAUHAUS HAIR
BRETT ALBURY – MURPHY GOZZARD HAIR COMMUNITY
LESLIE HENSHAW – NEXT HAIR
MARIA UNALI – s.81 HAIR
MARY ALAMINE – ROYALS HAIR
PALOMA ROSE GARCIA – OSCAR OSCAR SALONS

NSW-ACT

AHFA Victorian Hairdresser of the Year
ALEXANDRA NEWMAN – CHUMBA CONCEPT SALON
HERMIZ DANIEL – JOEY SCANDIZZO SALON
JACKY CHAN – OSCAR OSCAR SALON
JOSEPH SEMAAN – JOEY SCANDIZZO SALON
MALISSA MASCI – MASCI HAIR & SPA
SCOTT CONDON – ROKK EBONY

VIC

AHFA Queensland Hairdresser of the Year
AMANDA MENZ – FRUITION
BILL TSIKNARIS – TSIKNARIS HAIR
BRODIE-LEE STUBBINS – ROKSTAR
LAURA HUDSON – LAURA HUDSON HAIR DESIGN
LEE BLACK – MOW HAIR
SHANNAH CROWE – PAPAS AND PACE

QLD

AHFA South Australian/Tasmanian Hairdresser of the Year
ANDREANNA MANOV – ALKAZAR SALONIERES
CHERIE FALCO – KINKY CURLY STRAIGHT
JOHNNY GEORGIOU – PARLOUR HAIR GROUP
NICOLE HABENSCHUSS – ROGUE AND REGAL
SAM JAMES–COCKAYNE – ORBE NORTH ADELAIDE
TIFFANY DECAUX – BORIS THE CUTTERY

SA-TAS

AHFA Western Australian/Northern Territory Hairdresser of the Year
JESSICA DEL BORRELLO – CIRCLES OF SUBIACO
JO BANKS – HAIR ART
LISA POLINI – HYPE HAIR STUDIO
MICHAEL O’DOWD – O’DOWD CHRISTIE HAIR
RACHEL WALKER – CHILLI COUTURE
STEPHANIE BELLAIRS – HEAD GRAFFITI HAIR & BEAUTY

WA-NT

AHFA Apprentice Hairdresser of the Year
EMMA GOTTWALD – ROYALS HAIR
JASMINE HECKENBERG – SFUMATO HAIR
JESSICA BURT – CHUMBA CONCEPT SALON
MADISON LAMB – LUKE REYNOLDS HAIRDRESSING
NAOMI STEWART – ROKK EBONY
ROXANNE BENLI – ROKK EBONY

APPRENTICE

AHFA Newcomer Hairdresser of the Year
JAY FREDERICKSON – MASCI HAIR & SPA
NATHAN CHERRINGTON – TONI&GUY PARRAMATTA
NICOLE KAE – TONI&GUY NEWTOWN
NIKKI PORTER – RUBI HAIR
STEFFI TANIAN – OSCAR OSCAR SALONS
TRAVIS BANDIERA – ROYALS HAIR

NEWCOMER

AHFA Session Stylist of the Year
JENNY KIM
MANDY KINGSMAN
MICHELE McQUILLAN
RICHARD KAVANAGH
RICHI GRISILLO
SARAH LAIDLAW

SESSION STYLIST

AHFA Make –Up Artist of the Year
CHEREINE WADDELL
KYLIE EUSTACE
MIKELE SIMONE
NADINE MONLEY
SARAH BAXTER
VIVIANNE TRAN

MAKEUP ARTIST

AHFA Fashion Stylist of the Year
CHLOE ROSE
EMMA COTTERILL
LETICIA DARE
MILANA DE MINA

FASHION STYLIST

AHFA Hair Fashion Video of the Year
CATERINA DI BIASE
é SALON
ELEVEN AUSTRALIA
KEVIN MURPHY
KOBI BOKSISH
THE 2015 AUSTRALIAN FAME TEAM

For more information visit australianhairfashionawards.com. You can purchases tickets to the event at australianhairfashionawards.com/tickets

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