Hair Festival 2021 is now officially under two months away, and if you can’t tell we are very excited for the upcoming event.

There’s a lot going on for this annual highlight so we thought we would put it all in one place and answer your frequently asked questions about this major weekend. Read on and then book in for a hairdressing event you simply cannot miss.

1. What Is Hair Festival 2021?

Hair Festival 2021 is a dedicated two-day event focused solely on the professional hair industry. With space for the hair salon community to shop, learn, compete and connect (discussed in detail below), this event will bring the industry together to fire on every cylinder. The event partners with leading brands and industry organisations to combine for the true betterment of Australian hair.

2. Why is it debuting this year?

After the end of Hair Expo, announced in 2020, and with the highly events and education-driven industry kept apart and, in parts, locked down for so long, Hair Festival 2021 was created as the ideal way for the community to come together again, be inspired, learn something, seek out new innovations and recapture the fun, exuberant, electric energy of this inimitable industry.

3. When and where is it?

Hair Festival 2021 will take place at Carriageworks in Sydney over the Sunday and Monday of the Queen’s birthday long weekend, that’s June 13 and 14, 2021. Carriageworks has hosted an array of beauty, fashion and entertainment events in its long and storied history and is poised as the ideal meeting spot for this important occasion. There is so much going on over the two days, so see here where you can spend your time.

Carriageworks, Summer, 2020

4. Where can you stay?

For interstate travellers excited to finally travel and make a weekend out of Hair Festival, this is the ideal opportunity for a productive vacation. Hair Festival proudly partners with accommodation partners nearby the venue, which you can discover here.

5. What are the details around the MarketPlace?

Fulfilling the ‘shop’ aspect of the event, the most important thing to know about the MarketPlace is that it is entirely free to register and enter this hallway of innovations. After too long a layoff between expos, you can discover and experience the new products and technologies on offer and find out what brands are creating now. It’s not to be missed!

6. What education is available?

Here’s where we fulfil the ‘learn’ part of the bargain. Hair Festival offers the most comprehensive and diverse education portfolio for the national industry that you can find in one place. Real Talk takes place on the Sunday, with guest speakers and panels that speak to business acumen and facilitate necessary conversation in the industry (find out all you need to know here). The Monday is filled with varied education from a multitude of leading brands, educators and experts. Check out the agenda and figure out what sessions work for you.

Terry Hawkins

7. How can you win prizes at Hair Festival?

So glad you asked. Of course you can win at Hair Festival in our ‘compete’ sector, with three hairdressing competitions that speak to individual editorial style, individual men’s hair and teamwork. Sponsor prizes, trophies and editorial coverage can all be won, so throw your hat in the ring. Find out more here and enter now to fill the limited spots.

8. How can the industry network at the event?

The all important ‘connect’ aspect of the event delights in bringing the hair industry back together all in one place, partnering with the Australian Hairdressing Council to host its renowned Schmoozefest event, leading into the Wonderland party and ultimate celebration.

9. What COVID protocols are in place for total safety?

Hair Festival will be entirely COVID-safe, with the health and safety of patrons its ultimate priority. In keeping with all New South Wales government regulations and Carriageworks’ role as an established COVID-safe business, the event will see extra cleaning, physical distancing and other protocols that will put all guests’ minds at total ease. See the extensive COVID-safety rundown here.

10. What Ticket Options Are Available?

Varied ticketing allows you to enjoy these sessions and the Hair Festival experience in a tailored manor. The Hair Festival All-Event pass offers it all over both days, with access to all sessions and events across the entire weekend, currently at a price of $495 as a first release ticket, while the MarketPlace is available for free registration.

In specific education ticketing, a Real Talk pass allows access on Sunday June 13, currently at a price of $195 for the full-day program. A Festival Education All-Day pass, currently available for $275 proposes à la carte education sessions and classes on Monday June 14. You can also purchase individual Festival Education Sessions to attend single or specific classes, each for $55 and buy a Festival Wonderland ticket at $95 for the Sunday night.

These first release ticket prices end in the first weekend of May, so act fast and don’t miss out!

There’s something for every hairdresser at Hair Festival 2021 and with Australia enjoying a sense of normalcy after the difficulties of the past year, we owe it to ourselves and to the industry to come together, elevate our skillsets and push the industry forward. We hope we have answered all your questions, but if not you can always contact us.

We can’t wait to see you there!

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