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2017 Hot Shot Finalists Announced

Gather around – the finalists for the dynamic Hot Shots competition have been named, and we have the full list. The competition, now in its seventh year, is exclusively for hairdressers under the age of 30, shining a light on their talent and potential and giving them a platform to elevate their careers. Sponsors for this esteemed competition include ghd, Wella Professionals, Excellent Edges and Manhattan Couture.

2016 Hot Shots Winners

The competition was judged by a high-profile local and global judging panel, all of whom were given the unenviable task of whittling down the many online entries to just 16 finalists over 4 categories. From this list, the four winners (one for each category) will be announced at the 2017 Australian Hair Industry Awards (AHIA) on 26th March at the Grand Gala Awards event in the Plaza Ballroom at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre. Last year, Clayton Wheeler, Sam James-Cockayne, Brodie-Lee Stubbins and Hung Tran were named as the Hot Shots winners.


Each finalist will be called up on stage to receive a trophy at the event, while the winners will receive styling tools, editorial coverage, education opportunities and a spot in the GenNext Hair Expo show – comprising a career-making opportunity.

Congratulations to the finalists listed below:

Fashionista Finalists:

Idy Duong – Sloans of Lane Cove
Joshua Congreve – Togninis
Phoenix Ly – Ziyad Salon
Selina Chhaur – Blow It’s A Hair Thing

Visionary Finalists:

Cherie Falco – Kinky Curly Straight
Kristie Kesic – Stelios Papas
Nicole Bosenburg – Revampd Hair Studio
Travis Bandiera – Royals

Rising Star Male Finalists:

Dion La Bella – Blow It’s A Hair Thing
Nathan Yip – District Salon
Ryan King – Togninis
Tom White – Rubi Hair

Rising Star Female Finalists:

Anthea Allen – The Ruby Room
Louise Williamson – Stevie English Hair
Shakira Petrucci – Zucci
Steph Myer – D’coco Hair Studio

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