In another win for the Australian hair industry, a group of our talented national hairdressers have been nominated as finalists at the Association of International Professional Hairdressing Press (AIPP) Awards 2021-2022.

The group of finalists consists of renowned hairdresser Amy Gaudie of Brisbane’s Urban Chic Salon, editorial expert Sam James of SJ Establishment and award-winning hair industry pioneer Dee Parker-Atwood of Wieselmann Salon in the Best Avant Garde category, leading educator Paula Hibbard in the Best Commercial collection category and colour legend Stevie English of Stevie English Hair in the Best Color category.

“Waking up to this amazing news this morning was fantastic,” Amy said of the announcement after being nominated for ECLECTICISM. “Honestly, I am so incredibly proud of this collection, and to be standing alongside not only some amazing fellow Australian hairdressers, but also international hairdressers who truly inspire me is just a complete, if a little overwhelming, honour. I’m so grateful to have such a wonderful platform to showcase my work.”

ECLECTICISM by Amy Gaudie

The AIPPs were launched in 1997 to recognise hairdressing work through the spheres of photography, presentation and editorial acumen. In the 2021-2022 awards season, the platform saw a record 532 entries from 32 countries, making these finalist nods all the more impressive.

“I feel truly blessed to receive this finalist nomination in the 2021-2022 AIPPs,” Paula shared. “Creating the DUALITY collection, in collaboration with Jake Putan, would have to be one of the biggest highlights of my career. For this inspiring hair art to be recognised by this esteemed international judging panel is amazing and gives the collection another chance to continue the narrative that we have created.”

DUALITY by Paula Hibbard

The judging panel consists of 71 magazine editors from 35 countries representing trade hairdressing media. This panel will now vote for the winning collections, to be announced later this year.

Good luck to our Aussie representatives!