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2017 Hair Expo Awards Return to Sydney

After temporarily moving south of the border to Melbourne this year, the annual Hair Expo will return to Sydney in 2017 where it has found a new home at the soon-to-be-opened International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour, writes Tam Allenby.

The 2016 Hair Expo was simply massive and well and truly spread beyond the confines of the Melbourne Convention Centre itself, with a huge number of industry cocktail parties, soirees, after-parties and breakfasts taking over the whole city of Melbourne.


Hair Expo 2016

Expect no less next year, but with the backdrop of Sydney instead – the Expo promises to be bigger and better than ever.


Hair Expo 2016

The glittering new International Convention Centre is scheduled to open in December. Constructed over nearly three years at a cost of $1.5 billion, it is the largest exhibition space in Australia.

Designed by the world-renowned architecture firms Hassell and Populous, the ICC features striking contemporary design and incorporates leading technology in a variety of multipurpose spaces.

As in 2016, the pinnacle of the three-day event will be the Hair Expo Awards Gala, held on the final night, and backed by Schwarzkopf Professional again for 2017.

Starting over 30 years ago, the Awards were the first to be created by hairdressers, for hairdressers in the Australian and New Zealand industry. The Awards’ purpose is simple: ‘to inspire the industry’s leaders to excel in their craft, business and strive for integrity – and through that improve the industry as a whole.’

For the first time ever, your photographic submission for the Awards can be created within a photo shoot that is also being used for another purpose. However, submitted images must have a different treatment (in terms of black and white/colour, backgrounds, angle etc.) and cannot be published prior to the Hair Awards finalist announcement.


Hair Expo 2016 award winners

In short, the hair, model and clothing can all be the same as long as the above conditions are met.

In addition to the top honour, the coveted Australian Hairdresser of the Year award, there will again be state categories, and a number of other awards including Apprentice of the Year, Best Salon Design, Colour Technician of the Year, Men’s Barber of the Year, and Educator of the Year. Here, hairdressers both established and emerging can prove their mettle.

The judging panel will be split evenly with 12 local judges from Australia and New Zealand, and 12 international judges.

Deadline for the first round of photographic collection entries is 5pm on Friday 7 April 2017. So for all you talented hair artists out there: it’s time to get to work on your collections!

You can view the 2017 rules and regulations, along with general information about the expo at

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