The 9th annual Australian Hair Industry Awards took place virtually over the weekend, connecting the national industry through screens and shared values on October 11, celebrating the best in business in the Australian hair community and rallying around leaders and pioneers in the hair business space.

Circles of Subiaco

Hosted by Mocha Publishing, the platform provides a wealth of awards categories across salon excellence, teams, individual talent and more. This year it was celebrated remotely, with industry members connecting and cheering each other on from across the country. The awards were hosted by actor Samuel Johnson, founder of the Love Your Sister cancer charity, with an air of camaraderie and celebration to all of the proceedings.

“We put so much work into these awards so making the call to make the event virtual was heartbreaking, not just for myself and the team, but for all of the amazing and generous people in our industry who look to the AHIAs as the ultimate reward for their hard work throughout the year,” said Linda Woodhead, owner of Mocha Publishing. “It was crucial to Mocha that we still provide a platform for the industry as it has never been more needed. I was so incredibly proud of our industry as people made the most of these unprecedented conditions to make this year’s awards the most memorable yet!”

Circles of Subiaco

Partners to the event include major brand names such as Amazing Hair, Kitomba, Oribe, The Zing Project, KMS, L’Oréal Professionnel, Sustainable Salons, PulpRiot, Redken, Matrix, Wella Professionals, Muk Haircare, Revlon Professional, EVY Professional, Goldwell, ghd, Hair Beauty Co-op, Shortcuts, DNA Organics, Dateline Imports, Academies Australasia, Schwarzkopf Professional and Excellent Edges. An expert judging panel was comprised of 30 business and hair industry experts, including Ruth Hunsley, Laura Husband, Julie Bellinger-Gibb, Kim Krey, Faye Murray, Jenny Burns, Ruth Browne, Charles Marcus, Amy Starr and Rose Garnett.

“It is a privilege to judge the AHIAs, which recognise the effort and success that is achieved by salons and individuals in key business areas. The growth of these awards is nothing short of extraordinary, these awards cover it all,” Faye said.

As well as naming the category winners, the event announced the Hot Shots team for 2020, judged by Desmond Murray, Errol Douglas, Andrew Barton, Michael Young and Jean-Baptiste Mazella from the UK, alongside Christopher Dove and John Simpson from the US and 20 local judges including Sharon Blain, Benni Tognini, Brad Ngata, Jayne Wild and Dee Parker Attwood. This opportunity will now propel these talented young hairdressers into the next phase of their careers.

“The Hot Shots competition is essential for all hairdressers under 30 wanting to promote themselves to the forefront of the industry. The opportunities given to the winners are priceless with incredible experiences that will stay with them for a lifetime,” Dee said.

Congratulations to Australian Hair Salon of the Year Circles of Subiaco and to all the winners, listed below.

CARE, TREAT AND STYLE AWARDS

Sponsored by Hair Beauty Co-op

BEST IN CARE

Schwarzkopf Professional

BC Hyaluronic Moisture Kick Shampoo + Conditioner

BEST IN TREAT

Kemon

Kemon ACTYVA Nuova Fibra Cream

BEST IN STYLE

PURE Haircare

PURE Styling Cream

Junior/Apprentice of the Year

SPONSORED BY EXCELLENT EDGES

Kellie Handricks – Elysium Hair Brisbane

Senior Stylist of the Year

SPONSORED BY MATRIX

Elle Schoemaker – Cobelle Creative

Salon Manager of the Year

SPONSORED BY WELLA PROFESSIONALS

Jessica Kane – Tigerlamb King Street

Director/Owner of the Year

SPONSORED BY GOLDWELL

Ali Holmes, Wild Life SoGo

Salon Design

SPONSORED BY KMS

Telleish Hair Studio

Best Educator of the Year – Individual

SPONSORED BY EVY PROFESSIONAL

Dario Cotroneo

Best Educator of the Year – Organisation

SPONSORED BY SUSTAINABLE SALONS

The Secret Fox Education

Best Customer Care Award

SPONSORED BY SCHWARZKOPF PROFESSIONAL

Elysium Hair Brisbane

Best Salon Training Award

SPONSORED BY PULP RIOT

Tigerlamb

Best Marketing Award

SPONSORED BY SHORTCUTS

Salon Kiin

Best Business Performance of the Year (non-salon)

SPONSORED BY ACADEMIES AUSTRALASIA

Ecoheads

Salon Team of the Year

SPONSORED BY L’OREAL PROFESSIONAL

Cobelle Creative

Best Salon Newcomer of the Year

SPONSORED BY REVLON

SJ Establishment

Best Eco Salon

SPONSORED BY DNA ORGANICS

Little Birdie Hair Co

State Salon of the Year NSW/ACT

SPONSORED BY KITOMBA

Royals Hair

State Salon of the Year QLD

SPONSORED BY WELLA PROFESSIONALS

Epic Hair Designs

State Salon of the Year VIC/TAS

SPONSORED BY MUK HAIRCARE

Rubi Hair Richmond

State Salon of the Year SA

SPONSORED BY REDKEN

Orbe

State Salon of the Year WA/NT

SPONSORED BY MATRIX

Circles Of Subiaco

National Wholesaler of the Year

SPONSORED BY

DATELINE IMPORTS

Hair Beauty Co Op

Special Recognition of the Year

SPONSORED BY

THE ZING PROJECT

Sandy Chong, CEO – AHC

AUSTRALIAN SALON OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by

HAIRBIZ MAGAZINE

Circles Of Subiaco

2020 HOT SHOTS TEAM

Sponsored by

ghd, Goldwell, Excellent Edges and Amazing Hair

Amberley Gittings – Rubi Hair Richmond

Alannah Read – Ella&Jade

Ashleigh Weller – Born Barbers Collective

Elie Kashi – Royals Hair