The Australian Hair Fashion Awards (AHFAs) celebrated its 28th year on Sunday night, November 8, hosting a live event at Luna Park’s Big Top in Sydney for 300 VIP and industry guests, while livestreaming to the rest of the country and bringing the whole community together, no matter where you were watching from.

Renya Xydis and Ruby Livermore

The festivities included hosting duties from beauty queen and former Miss World Australia Erin Holland, and an innovative 90s themed showcase from Dyson that inspired viewers both seeing it in person and through the screen. Famous faces abounded – comedy duo SketchShe hosted the black carpet while live musical performances were offered by Sheldon Riley and Alfie Arcuri, and TV personality Richard Reid was a celebrity guest.

Carolyn Gahan

Key to the evening was the awards announcement, honouring national, state, beauty, fashion, salon, product, education, session and creative hair artists across the country, while also naming the new Australian FAME Team. Jamie Furlan from Xiang Hair was awarded the illustrious title of Australian Hairdresser of the Year, while all the winners were celebrated in the room or from afar, championing their talent and vision in the midst of a difficult year. Entries were judged by a panel of international industry professionals, choosing the worthy winners to herald a new year in hairdressing talent and leadership. Congratulations to all the winners, listed below.

Dario Cotroneo

“The hair, fashion and beauty industries have faced extreme challenges during the global pandemic, but their sense of community, saw them come together to support each other and counteract their struggles and emerge with an even stronger show of creativity, innovation and skill that we passionately celebrated on the night,” said M Division CEO and AHFA Founder, David Mannah.

Sheldon Riley and Richard Reid

Supporting, celebrating and uniting with the industry has never been more vital for our national hair salon community and the opportunity to do just that was a rare 2020 highlight. Well done to the winners for spreading that love right across the country.

APPRENTICE HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR

Eliza Andrews

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Christopher Byrne

SALON BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Joey Scandizzo Salon

EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION

Dario Cotroneo

ARTISTIC TEAM OF THE YEAR

Masci Art Team

AVANT GARDE HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR

Bill Tsiknaris

CREATIVE COLOURIST OF THE YEAR

Jack Morton

MENS HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR

Camille De Bondy

BEST NEW PROFESSIONAL HAIR CARE PRODUCT

Kérastase – Bond Absolu Shampoo + Conditioner

BEST NEW PROFESSIONAL HAIR STYLING PRODUCT

Olaplex – No.7 Bonding Oil

MOST INNOVATIVE HAIR TOOL

ghd Oracle

INDUSTRY CHOICE COLLECTION

Chung-Yang Su

SESSION STYLIST OF THE YEAR

Sarah Laidlaw

TRANSFORMATION STYLIST OF THE YEAR

Mary Alamine

MAKEUP ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Mikele Simone

FASHION STYLIST OF THE YEAR

Josie McManus

HAIRSHOT OF THE YEAR

Carolyn Gahan

DIGITAL INFLUENCER OF THE YEAR

Renya Xydis

HAIR FASHION VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Eleven Australia

FAME TEAM

Eunji Kim

Joshua Congreve

Elyse Sprott

Rebecca Snow

WA/NT HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR

Jude McEwen

SA/TAS HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR

Sam James

QLD HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR

Amy Gaudie

VIC HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR

Cristina Tatasciore

NSW/ACT HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR

Richi Grisillo

AUSTRALIAN HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR

Jamie Furlan