It was the epic finale to three days of hairdressing excellence at Hair Expo, complete with a gala dinner, a live hair fashion show, Osher Günsberg as host and arguably the toughest year of competition yet.
1000 industry members gathered at the new International Convention Centre Grand Ballroom for the long-awaited Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards Gala, and with entries increased by 40 per cent from last year, the road to victory was especially arduous for the 20 winners announced on the night.
Awards were announced in 18 categories, spanning from the creative (men’s, colour and session styling), to state categories, business, education, salon excellence, new talent and more, with People’s Choice and a Hall of Fame Induction meaning 20 honourees took to the stage. But it was the announcement of the event’s two biggest awards – Australian and New Zealand Hairdressers of the Year – that, as always, stole the show.
Jason Fassbender, a Creative Director at Parlour Hair Unley salon in Adelaide took out the Australian title, being crowned the best in the nation for 2017. It’s the first time a South Australian hairdresser has taken out the award in the event’s 32 year history.
“Jason has been chosen for his achievements both in creative vision and leadership in the industry, making him a comprehensive ambassador for this multifaceted profession,” said Julia Erben, Event Director for Hair Expo Australia. “The heritage of the Hair Expo Awards is to entice participants to be the best they can be, and our winners tonight are a true testimony to this demanding challenge. During their extraordinary careers, they have not only demonstrated all-inspiring creative vision, but have also encouraged and educated countless peers, securing the future of our industry.”
For New Zealand, Danny Pato of D&M Hair Design went back to back, carrying on his now two year reign as New Zealand’s top hairdresser.
“I’ve been a hairdresser for over 20 years – this is my second year winning this award and I’m just so grateful to be doing what I love and to be recognised by iconic people in the industry,” Danny said.
Judging was conducted by a panel of local and international judges, with the illustrious group including Sharon Blain, Frank Apostolopoulos, Caterina Di Biase, Brad Ngata, Tabatha Coffey, Angelo Seminara, Eugene Souleiman, Mark Hayes, Peter Gray and INSTYLE’s own Cameron Pine.
“A big congratulations to all the finalists and winners! Your talent and passion for the craft of hairdressing is truly inspiring and so important for the industry we all love,” added David Hahn, General Manager of Schwarzkopf Professional ANZ. “As the Hair Expo Award Sponsor, Schwarzkopf Professional is very proud to partner with you by providing the platform you deserve.”
Apart from the awards, another highlight of the evening came at the beginning of the night, with the annual presentation of the Schwarzkopf Professional Essential Looks collection. The brand worked with new Schwarzkopf Professional Ambassador Caterina Di Biase and her Heading Out Hair and Beauty Team to create three disparate aesthetics – from opulent and luxurious old Hollywood, to modern style and finally crazy, playful and colourful.
The deserved spotlight is currently shining on the winning names and their salons, honouring them for their hard work, talent and creativity, which represents the hairdressing industry at its heights. Winners – here’s to you.
Congratulations to all the winners listed below:
AUSTRALIAN HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR
Jason Fassbender – Parlour Hair Unley, Malvern SA
NEW ZEALAND HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR
Danny Pato – D&M Hair Design, Ponsonby, NZ
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
Jane Trewin, TAFE NSW
COLOUR TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR
Adrian Rotolo – Ibiza Hair, Albert Park VIC
MEN’S HAIRDRESSER / BARBER OF THE YEAR
Uros Mikic – Kinky Curly Straight, Stepney SA
NEW CREATIVE FORCE
Cherie Falco – Kinky Curly Straight, Stepney SA
APPRENTICE / STUDENT OF THE YEAR
Sharne Rizzo – Joey Scandizzo Salon, South Yarra VIC
SALON TEAM OF THE YEAR
é Salon, Wahroonga NSW
SESSION STYLIST OF THE YEAR
Sarah Laidlaw – Union Management, Randwick NSW
Natasha King – Fred and Gingers, Invercargill NZ
BEST SALON DESIGN
Salon Kiin, Penrith NSW
EDUCATION BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Sharon Blain Education
EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR
Caterina Di Biase
INDUSTRY BUSINESS PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
SALON BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Luke Reynolds Hairdressing
NSW-ACT Hairdresser of the Year
Scott Sloan – Sloans, Lane Cove NSW
SA-TAS Hairdresser of the Year
Cherie Falco – Kinky Curly Straight, Stepney SA
VIC Hairdresser of the Year
Hermiz Daniel – Joey Scandizzo Salon, South Yarra VIC
WA-NT Hairdresser of the Year
Pauline McCabe – Rock Paper Scissors Hair Studio, Fremantle WA
QLD Hairdresser of the Year
William Webb – Ella & Jade, Calamvale QLD
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