On October 5th, a staggering 3,000 hairdressers from around the world congregated to Los Angeles, USA for the 2013 Goldwell Color Zoom Event for three days of celebration, inspiration and education.

The Nokia Theatre, home to the Grammys, Emmys, and American Music Awards, was abuzz with guests on the eve of the awards as they were treated to the ultimate red carpet Hollywood experience, setting the competitors nerves into overdrive for the awards night the following day.

Competing in three categories – Partner, New Talent and Creative – Sunday the 6th of October saw 70 national finalists from 28 countries compete live, showcasing their creativity and potential under immense pressure, setting a tough task for the international judging panel.

Daniel Lepore of Symetry Cutters, SA, making the final touches to his model before judging

In a category open for Goldwell Guest Artists, 21 stylists demonstrated their skills in the Partner Category, including Australia’s own Daniel Lepore from Symetry Cutters in South Australia.

23 young, creative stylists with less than five years of professional experience were put to the test in the New Talent Category, including Australian Amanda Tua from Noddy’s on King in New South Wales and Jessie Bragg from Raw Blonde in New Zealand.

Goldwell Color Zoom Global Winners – Kuku Soh from Taiwan, Derrick Zeno from USA and Rustam Mirasov from Russia

In the Creative Category, 26 hairdressers with five or more year’s professional hairdressing experience competed for the title including Australian colorist from Lee Preston Hairdressing in Western Australia, Liam Baxter and New Zealander and second time National Winner for New Zealand, Fraser Foulagi from Ryder Salon.

Following the live competition, guests were treated to an exclusive preview of the new 2014 Color Zoom Collection at a Look & Learn Seminar hosted by the collection’s creators themselves – the Global Color Zoom ’14 Creative Team. 

The judging panel made up of beauty experts from around the globe announced the winners from each of the categories during the Color Zoom ’14 Inspirational Hair Fashion Catwalk Show, which featured the Goldwell Master Team putting on a state of the art haute couture interpretation of the Color Zoom ’14 Collection – Reallusion.

The Global Color Zoom events concluded at a wrap up party at the Club Mayan and the Belasco Theatres, where guests were farewelled in style KMS California-style. 

Liam Baxter of Lee Preston Hairdressing, WA, flying the Australian flag in the parade of the nations during the Color Zoom ’14 Inspirational Hair Fashion Catwalk Show

Featuring a hair show, dancers and acrobatics, and delectable canapés and drinks, the night also featured Australia’s own Clive Allwright from Our Place Salon New South Wales and Barney Gleeson from Lee Preston Hairdressing in Western Australia. Showing off their refined styling skills live on stage, the pair farewelled a bustling three days of inspiration and immense creativity that will no doubt prove to be even bigger and better in 2014.

Congratulations to the 2013 Color Zoom Global Winners

Partner Colorist Category

Derrick Zeno from USA

New Talent Category

Kuku Soh from Taiwan

Creative Colorist Category

Rustam Mirasov from Russia

For more information about Goldwell visit www.goldwell.com.au.