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Finalists Announced For Hair Expo Awards

Rows and rows of editorial entries and a room packed full of hairdressers can only mean one thing – the gun has gone off at the starting line and the finalists have been announced for this year’s Hair Expo Awards.

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With the industry elite hosted at a cocktail reception in Sydney’s Town Hall, canapés and champagne allowed for a festive atmosphere that will continue right until and through the expo itself. Held on the Queen’s Birthday Weekend from June 11-13 in Melbourne for the very first time, the weekend is being billed as a three-day party. The Welcome Party on the Saturday night, sponsored by Revlon Professional, GenNext Gala on Sunday with enthralling presentations from up and coming talents and, of course, the Hair Expo Awards on the final night, will ensure you’re constantly in celebratory mode.

Dimitri Papas

Dmitri Papas

“There’s an incredible level of excitement associated with the move to Melbourne, the fashion capital of Australia – we’ve been overwhelmed with the sheer volume of initial ticket sales and the interest from many leading global and local brands to participate,” said Julia Erben, Event Director of Reed Exhibitions. These brands include hair, beauty, education and business enterprises such as Schwarzkopf Professional, Wella Professionals, KMS California, Napoleon Perdis, Goldwell, ghd, Revlon Professional, BaByliss, KEVIN.MURPHY, Excellent Edges, Kitomba, Comfortel, Shortcuts, Zing and many others.

Uros Mikic

Uros Mikic

Presenting an impressive dichotomy, the expo’s festival atmosphere will be complemented by esteemed education, by international figures such as Guy Trang, Mark Hayes and Peter Gray offered in an intimate, exclusive setting.

Laura MacLeod

Laura MacLeod

“For any hairdresser in Australia, the value of coming to Melbourne for this year’s Expo is simply immeasurable. There is no other event like this anywhere – Hair Expo really delivers world class education, international talent and show-stopping performances in a festival-like atmosphere that is unique to Melbourne,” Julia enthused.

Frank Apostolopoulos

Frank Apostolopoulos

But now, let’s unveil what you’ve all been scrolling for – the finalists at this year’s Hair Expo Awards. Headlined as always by categories of Australian and New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year, and supported by state categories, focus on colour and men’s styling, with nods to emerging stars, session stylists and educators, this is one talented line up.

Emiliano Vitale

Emiliano Vitale

Join us in saying congratulations, and see the full list of finalists below!

Kobi Bokshish

Kobi Bokshish

Education Business of the Year:
BIBA Academy
DCI Education
Sharon Blain Education

Educator of the Year:
Caterina Di Biase
Dario Cotroneo
Jules Tognini
Lauren McCowan
Lyndal Salmon
Sharon Blain

Industry Business Performance of the Year:
Excellent Edges
mocha publishing
muk Haircare
Sharon Blain Education, Boot Camp
Sustainable Salons Australia

Salon Business of the Year:
Bond Hair Religion
Elysium Hair Brisbane
Pierrot’s Hair Studios
Prema Hair
The Ruby Room

Best Salon Design:
Edwards and Co. Alexandria
Edwards and Co. Melbourne
Ette Studio
Halcyon
Linea Hairdressing
Mudhoney
The Bearded Man
True Grit

Session Stylist of the Year:
Koh Sataporn Tanyawanichapong
Lauren McCowan
Sarah Laidlaw

Salon Team of the Year:
D&M Hair Design
DHARMA
é SALON
Ibiza hair
Intershape Hairstylists
Kinky Curly Straight
Nischler
Prema Hair
The Ruby Room
Wild Life Hair

Apprentice Student of the Year:
Kelly Manu
Louise Williamson
Roxanne Benli
Tiffany Carn

New Creative Force:
Claudia Cataldo
Demelza Button
Hermiz Daniel
Hung Tran
Joe Ribera
Kaleb Pritchard
Laura Ciccone
Travis Bandiera

Men’s Hairdresser/Barber of the Year:
Brad Lepper
Fred LeMarche
Jock Robson
Joe Ribera
Mary Alamine
Uros Mikic

Colour Technician of the Year:
Adrian Rotolo
Chinney Yeap
Danielle Blakeley
Hung Tran

Photographic Collection of the Year:
Dee Parker Attwood
Frank Apostolopoulos
Hermiz Daniel
Jules Tognini
Kelly Manu
Laura MacLeod
Michael Piastrino
Sarah Laidlaw
Stephanie Bellairs
Uros Mikic

NSW / ACT Hairdresser of the Year:
Dave McCulloch
Mary Alamine

SA / TAS Hairdresser of the Year:
Kristy Hodgson
Mathew Johnson

VIC Hairdresser of the Year:
Alexandra Newman
Dee Parker Attwood
Michael Piastrino
Tarik Jasarevic

WA / NT Hairdresser of the Year:
Simone Lee
Stephanie Bellairs

New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year:
Danny Pato
Jock Robson
Mana Dave
Michael Beel
Natasha King
Sara Allsop

Australian Hairdresser of the Year:
Dmitri Papas
Emiliano Vitale
Frank Apostolopoulos
Kobi Bokshish
Laura MacLeod
Uros Mikic

For more information visit hairexpoaustralia.com

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