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2016 Hot Shots Finalists Announced

The next generation of hairdressing talent has been paid its due, with the finalists in the 2016 Hot Shots competition being named. The competition, which is now in its sixth year, provides an opportunity exclusively for hairdressers aged 30 and under. Winners will be announced at the Australian Hair Industry Awards on March 20.

The judging panel was made up of hairdressers, photographers, educators and members of the media, with members including Lee Cohen, Benni Tognini, Justin Pace, Dmitri Papas, Stelios Papas, Andrew Fraser, Geoffrey Herberg, Laura Macleod, Nina Barbara and Kym Krey.

Four winners will now be announced in categories of Fashionista, which is centred on fashion and session work, Visionary, based on the candidates’ creative and artistic skills, and Rising Star for male and female, which looks at all areas of hairdressing to choose its winners.

The winners will each receive a trophy, editorial coverage, an Evy Professional Tool Kit, $4000 worth of Excellent Edges scissors and an invitation to be a guest at the Evy Professional Hot Shots house, a three day mentoring program hosted in Melbourne in June by some of the industry’s biggest names. Perhaps most importantly, for the first time, the winners have also been invited to appear on stage on Hair Expo Weekend as part of the GenNext showcase.

See the list of finalists below.

The Fashionista Finalists
Clayton Wheeler, The Murphy Gozzard Hair Community
Hung Tran, Blow It’s A Hair Thing
Phoenix Ly, Ziyad Salon
Travis Bandiera, Royals Hair

hotshots Fashionista

The Visionary Finalists
Cherie Falco, Kinky Curly Straight
Hung Tran, Blow It’s A Hair Thing
Kristie Kesic, Stelios papas Toowong
Sam James-Cockayne, Orbe North Adelaide

hotshots Visionary

Rising Star Female Finalists
Brodie-Lee Stubbins, Rokstar Salon
Demelza Button, Sfumato Hair
Kamy Tyson, The Ruby Room
Sam James-Cockayne, Orbe North Adelaide

hotshots RisingStarFemale

Rising Star Male Finalists
Dion La Bella, Blow I t’s A Hair Thing
Hung Tran, Blow It’s A Hair Thing
Leslie Henshaw, Next Hair
Ryan King, Togninis

hotshots RisingStarMale

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