At a jam-packed gathering on October 5, Port Melbourne’s Ocean Blue Restaurant came alive with hairdressers from across the state competing passionately with their catwalk interpretations of anything from fashion to fairytale.

Urban Apprentice winner

De Lorenzo hosted three separate awards in the one night with hairdressers fighting it out in their annual Gold Forum, Urban Apprentice and the Photographic Platinum Accolade competitions.

To enter the awards, De Lorenzo salons were required to attend a series of fast-track and gold training sessions designed to brush up their photography, make up and styling knowledge and arm them with the skills to produce a high standard of work. All apprentices wishing to enter the Urban Apprentice Competition were required to attend five fast-track training sessions and complete a total look concept for a one minute presentation on stage at the finals night.

“Due to the success of these state based competitions, De Lorenzo is launching a National Competition in 2010 where there will be three finalists from each state competing for the National Award,” said De Lorenzo Education Manager, Deb French.

“The new competition will have a strong focus on colour, allowing entrants to put forward their ideal blonde, brunette and redhead for the opportunity of national recognition. We were extremely pleased with the quality of work and the turn-out at our Melbourne event and are looking forward to further growth in 2010,” she said.

Gold Forum winner

The brief for the 2009 competition allowed creative freedom, “There were no strict rules and entrants had total creative scope to pull together a one minute catwalk stint where they had to combine music, costume, hair, accessories and props all specific to their concept,” said French. Judges on the night included Christopher Michaelidi from Glamour salon, Claudia Zika and INSTYLE Editor, Cameron Pine.

The Platinum Accolade competition was the only segment that didn’t require entrants to hit the stage – the contest saw predominantly seniors and salon owners submitting their best photography work to be judged on the night.
The event was a resounding success, with more than 300 people squeezed into the venue with energy and enthusiasm.

The winners are:

Urban Apprentice
Winner: Kristen Curtis, Gosh Hair – Berwick
Runner Up: Hayley McAlpine, Inspiration Hair Design

Gold Forum
Winner: Vanessa Bowen, Gosh Hair – Berwick
Runner Up: Sofia Azorakos, Sogo – Fitzroy

Platinum Accolade Photographic Competition
Winner: Sofia Azorakos, Sogo – Fitzroy
Runner Up: Maria Azorakos-Cocciglia, Sogo – Fitzroy

Two-time winner, Sofia Azorakos is conducting long hair workshops for De Lorenzo throughout 2010 while one of the judges Chris Michaelidi will be conducting cutting classes.

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