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Finalists Announced in Australian Hair Industry Awards

The Australian Hair Industry Awards (AHIA) are looming, and with that, the finalists in this prestigious competition have been announced. The third annual event had five full days dedicated to the judging process, where fourteen judges poured over 200 entries at judging events in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. This was designed to find the best in in customer care, marketing, salon design, management, team work and business.

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2015 AHIA Winners

The 2016 AHIA Judging Panel consisted of Kym Krey from Hair Biz, Nina Barbrara of Mocha Pubishing, Neil Osbourne from Sales Catalyst, Saverio Marfia of SMP Photography, Siren Marketing’s Leanne Cutler, Anthony Grey of Matters in Grey, Danny Gumm from Arthur J Gallagher, Jane McCarthy of Lily Blue Communications, Market Me’s Anne Marie Fitzgerald, Ruth Browne of Chisholm TAFE, Luke Graham of Evolve Business Coaching, Richard McCable of ISalon Coaching, Danni Bhandari of Ninyo and Libby Cornish of Liberated Business.

2015 AHIA Hall of Fame Recipient John Morrey

2015 AHIA Hall of Fame Recipient John Morrey

This diverse panel was tasked with deciding which entrants will be eligible to win at the awards ceremony in Brisbane on March 20th. The awards ceremony will also name the Rectefoil Hall of Fame recipient, the Vidal Sassoon Humanitarian Award, Australian Salon Business of the Year and the 2016 Wholesaler of the Year Award sponsored by Affinage Professional. For this category, wholesalers nation-wide were nominated by their clients and salons for excellence in business, education, products, service and more, and voted for online. Each state finalist will receive a trophy, and the national winner will also be crowned on the night. The 2016 Hot Shots Winner will also be named at the ceremony.

2015 AHIA VIdal Sassoon Humanitarian Award Recipient Jak Vaessen

2015 AHIA VIdal Sassoon Humanitarian Award Recipient Jak Vaessen

The event has an impressive list of sponsors, including Goldwell, Wella Professionals, Ozdare, Matrix, Schwarzkopf Professional, Excellent Edges and more.

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See a full list of finalists below.

Best Barber Business
Guys Grooming
Hype Hair Studio ‘The Barber Shop’
The Barber Club
The Garage Barbershop
Boys2Men

Business Director/Owner of the Year
Hung Tran, Dion La Bella and Steve La Bella, Blow It’s A Hair Thing
Kaye Rubi, Rubi Hair
Jenni Tarrant, Bond Hair Religion
Dmitri Papas, Papas and Pace
Brodie-Lee Stubbins, Rokstar Salon
Adam and Mary Alamine, Royals Hair

Business Service of the Year
Hair Shots 2 The World
Sustainable Salons Australia
I Salon Coaching

Best Customer Care
Harrington Hair
Elysium Hair
Tigerlamb Portside
Bond Hair Religion
Papas and Pace
Debarge Hair and Caffe

Best In Salon Training
Harrington Hair
Papas and Pace
Chroma Hair Studio
Pierrots Hair Studio

Best Marketing Award
Urban Chic
Tigerlamb Portside
Pierrots Hair Studio

Newcomer of the Year
Orbe, North Adelaide
Blow It’s A Hair Thing
Tigerlamb Portside
Ette Studio
Silver Salon

Salon Design
Horse Meat Disco Salon
Blessed Hair Lounge
Rokstar Salon
Royals Hair
Ette Studio

Salon Manager of the Year
Nicole McDonell, Blessed Hair Lounge
Jules Tarrant, Bond Hair Religion
Kamy Tyson, The Ruby Room
Kristie Kesic, Stelios Papas

Salon Team of the Year
Horse Meat Disco Salon
Harrington Hair
KDelmé Hairdressing
Elysium hair
Luke Reynolds Hairdressing
Papas and Pace
Debarge Hair and Caffe

State Salon of the Year NSW/ACT
KDelmé Hairdressing
Bond Hair Religion
Sloans of Lane Cove
Bauhaus hair
Royals Hair

State Salon of the Year QLD
Stelios Papas Toowong
Elysium hair
Papas and Pace
The Ruby Room
Chroma Hair Studio

State Salon of the Year SA
Colour Bar
Chrina’s Hairdressing Salon
Blow It’s A Hair Thing

State Salon of the Year VIC/TAS
Rubi Hair, Richmond
Debarge Hair and Caffe
Envy Hair

State Salon of the Year WA/NT
Revampd Hair Studio
Pierrots Hair Studio

State Wholesaler of the Year Winners
VIC – Turnleys
WA/NT – WA Hair and Beauty
NSW/ACT – The Beauty Warehouse
QLD – Salon Depot
SA – Salon Haircare

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