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2014 Aveda Colour Harmony Awards

Reinforcing the overwhelming spirit of artistic growth within the Aveda family, the company proved once again why a relationship with Aveda is a long-standing one, writes Cameron Pine.


Kaylee Sturm, new talent winner Scott Ferrier and Michael Brown

The contemporary beachside surrounds of Encore in Melbourne’s St Kilda celebrated Aveda’s aesthetic and artistic values with more than 100 salon owners and stylists attending the annual awards. Under the 2014 theme, ‘culture clash,’ colour and creativity were at an all-time high and appropriately placed among an eclectic Melbourne backdrop.

Finalists were asked to interpret the Culture Clash aesthetic and re-create their looks In front of a local panel of judges the day before the awards – with nerves, pressure and every emotion felt in order to best re-create their artistic vision. Broken into three awards categories; Colour Harmony Award, Editorial and New Talent there was an outlet for everyone to create something that truly represented their culture clash headspace.


Colour Harmony Award winner and runner up Nathan Marsh and Julia Cockman

The spirit of Aveda could not have been stronger as special guest Ian Michael Black (Aveda’s Global Artistic Director) not only had a hand in creating the global colour clash collection but also attended the event as a fourth judge.

“The calibre of entries continues to rise and I had a very stressful time judging and watching the videos from the re-creation day over and over – the work is truly of a world-class standard,” said Ian.

The Colour Harmony Award, which celebrates outstanding technical proficiency in colour, was won by Nathan Marsh from Scalpt Hair in the Northern Territory. Marsh’s surroundings of the Australian outback served as inspiration for his warrior goddess, which exhibited strong red hues and subtle highlights. As part of his prize, Marsh will now attend Aveda’s MasterJam event in London in October.


Editorial runner-up and winner Jade Lee and Samantha Higgins

Julia Cockman from Pierrots Hair Studios in Western Australia was awarded the runner-up prize for the Colour Harmony category for her stunning portrayal of a tribal, feminine and strong heroine.


Models at the Colour Harmony Awards

Two other categories were awarded on the night. The Editorial category was fiercely contested by local Melbournians, Jade Lee from Zucci Hairdressing and Samantha Higgins from Rhodes Hair & Spa, Hawthorn, with the winner being Samantha Higgins from Rhodes Hair and Spa.


Bridget Nicholls, Julia Cockman and Ian Michael Black

The final award for the night was New Talent which showcases the extraordinary work of Aveda’s apprentices. This year saw two finalists from Western Australia, with Scott Ferrier from Element Aveda Lifestyle Salon in Subiaco winning the illustrious title and taking home a $1500 Aveda hair kit. Fusing elements from Japanese geishas to Indian architecture, Ferrier perfectly embodied the Culture Clash theme and took judges on a journey of his creative vision. Annmarie Newman from Pierrots Hair Studios received the runner-up prize for her impressive recreate and used a melting technique of purple, blue and teal shades to achieve a seamless cascade of colour.


Emily Bix, Nathan Marsh and Ian Michael Black

The theme for the 2015 Colour Harmony Awards were also announced on the night – none other than the stunning current Aveda collection, Romantic Grandeur.

Colour Harmony Award: Winner: Nathan Marsh – Scalpt Hair (NT) Runner-up: Julia Cockman – Pierrots Hair Studios (WA)

Editorial: Winner: Samantha Higgins – Rhodes Hair & Spa (VIC) Runner-up: Jade Lee – Zucci Hairdressing (VIC)

New Talent: Winner: Scott Ferrier – Element Aveda Lifestyle Salon (WA) Runner-up: Annmarie Newman – Pierrots Hair Studios (WA)

Judges: Michael Brown – RESCU Jenny Burns – Editor-in-chief of Culture magazine Christopher Chu – Education Director for Aveda Asia Pacific Ian Michael Black – Aveda Global Artistic Director for Hair Colour.

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