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Hair Expo Announce 2018 Awards Finalists

Hair Expo has announced who is in the running for their prestigious Awards Gala, naming all of the finalists at a cocktail function in Sydney. Gathering attendees at Pier 2/3 by Sydney’s famous Circular Quay, the night celebrated 112 finalists across 18 categories, as all of the entrants had their work displayed around the unique venue.

“The calibre of work that we’ve seen in the awards this year is exceptional and really highlights how relevant and important the Hair Expo Awards are to the industry,” said Cory Watson, Event Director for Hair Expo Australia. “We are so thrilled to celebrate our finalists tonight and wish them the very best of luck for the awards gala.”

Joey Scandizzo imagery

2018 saw a large increase in particular categories, such as WA/NT Hairdresser of the Year, which saw a 54.5 per cent increase, SA/TAS Hairdresser of the Year, which went up by 40 per cent, and New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year, which went up by 37.5 per cent. Other creative categories spanned colour, men’s hair, newcomers and session stylists, while business, salon and education awards were also covered as usual. You can see all the finalists below, but join us in wishing a particular congratulations to the finalists for this year’s highest honour, Australian Hairdresser of the Year. Well done to Frank Apostolopoulos, Joey Scandizzo, Uros Mikic, Kobi Bokshish, Dee Parker Attwood and Jason Fassbender who are in the mix.

Jason Fassbender imagery

The esteemed judging panel had a massive task of narrowing down the entrants, congregating international judges, local judges and additional business judges to make the call. The international contingent included Tabatha Coffey, Angelo Seminara, Edward Darley, Mark Hayes, Peter Gray, Sally Brooks, Jamie Brooks, Nick Irwin, Laura Castelli and Mark Leeson. The local group was comprised of Sharon Blain, Benni Tognini, Faye Murray, Frank Apostolopoulos, Sara Allsop, Jayne Wild, Sandy Chong, Joey Scandizzo, Sarah Laidlaw and Caterina Di Biase. Business judges such as Dr Anh Nguyen, Thomas Plunkett and Enza Ferraro, with a medical background and roles at Qantas and ANZ Bank respectively, added additional business intel. Julie Piantadosi acted as Head Judge and Awards Ambassador to guide the whole process.

Kobi Bokshish imagery

“What an amazing experience it’s been working with our stellar judges from around the globe,” Julie said. “I’m absolutely blown away with the incredible talent from the entrants this year. Big congratulations to all the finalists – I am super excited for the second round of judging! These awards really do celebrate and showcase the best of the best in our industry.”

Uros Mikic imagery

The Awards, now in their 33rd year, will take place in Melbourne on June 11 as the pinnacle of the Hair Expo long weekend. Congratulations and good luck to the finalists below.

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CREATIVE CATEGORIES

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AUSTRALIAN HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR 2018

• Frank Apostolopoulos, BIBA Gertrude Street – Fitzroy, VIC
• Joey Scandizzo, Joey Scandizzo Salon – South Yarra, VIC
• Uros Mikic, Kinky Curly Straight – Adelaide, SA
• Kobi Bokshish, Intershape Hairstylists – Bondi Junction, NSW
• Dee Parker Attwood, Wieselmann Salon – South Yarra, VIC
• Jason Fassbender, Parlour Hair Unley – Adelaide, SA

NEW ZEALAND HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR 2018

• Sara Allsop, dharma – Auckland, New Zealand
• Danny Pato, D&M Hair Design – Auckland, New Zealand
• Kylie Hayes, Moha Hairdressing – Dunedin, New Zealand
• Ann Marie Young, Jingles Hair Design – Hamilton, New Zealand
• Michael Beel, Buoy Salon & Spa – Wellington, New Zealand
• Natasha King, Fred’s Hair – Invercargill, New Zealand

COLOUR TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR 2018

• Stevie Corthine, Stevie English Hair – Glebe, NSW
• Sanja Scher, rokk ebony – Melbourne, VIC
• Adrian Rotolo, Ibiza Hair – Albert Park, VIC
• Kristie Kesic, Stelios Papas Toowong – Toowong, QLD
• Angela Pastore, Colour Cosmetica Studio and Academy – Adelaide, SA
• Travis Bandiera, Royals Hair – Sydney, NSW

MEN’S HAIRDRESSER / BARBER OF THE YEAR 2018

• Hermiz Daniel, Joey Scandizzo Salon – South Yarra, VIC
• Uros Mikic, Kinky Curly Straight – Adelaide, SA
• Jules Tognini, Togninis – Fortitude Valley, QLD
• Gregson Gastar, BG’s Lounge – Adelaide, SA
• Tori Gill, Kings Domain Barbershop – South Yarra, VIC
• Josh Mihan, The Bearded Man – Prahran, VIC
• Yuki Kano, TONI&GUY Australia – Sydney, NSW
• Kawada Lambert, Tao of Hair – Perth, WA
• Dmitri Papas, Papas + Pace – Advanced Hairdressing – Brisbane, QLD
• Joe Ribera, Visare Hair Studio – Haberfield, NSW

NEW CREATIVE FORCE 2018

• Cyrielle Viardot, BIBA St Kilda – St Kilda, VIC
• Tristan Waite-Ballinger, BIBA Gertrude Street – Fitzroy, VIC
• Ben Russell, BIBA Gertrude Street – Fitzroy, VIC
• Hannah McLaren, D&M Hair Design – Auckland, New Zealand
• Yuki Kano, TONI&GUY Australia – Sydney, NSW
• Joe Habbaki, TONI&GUY Armadale – Armadale, VIC
• Travis Bandiera, Royals Hair – Sydney, NSW
• Kiri Roberts, Mane Salon – Wellington, New Zealand
• Nikki Porter, Rubi Hair Malvern – Malvern, VIC
• Morgan Richards, TONI&GUY North Sydney – North Sydney, NSW

APPRENTICE / STUDENT OF THE YEAR 2018

• Lani Caslake, Catal Hair Concepts – Mitcham, VIC
• Nathan Smith, Parlour Adelaide – Adelaide, SA
• Nicholas Tragos, Colour Cosmetica – Adelaide, SA
• Julia Demarte, Joey Scandizzo Salon – South Yarra, VIC
• Ingrid Wolff, Blow It’s a Hair Thing – Adelaide, SA
• Maddison Power, Ella&Jade – Calamvale, QLD

SALON TEAM OF THE YEAR 2018

• TONI&GUY Artistic Team
• UVA SALON – Prahran, VIC
• Tsiknaris Hair – New Farm, QLD
• French Revolver Studio – Auckland, New Zealand
• D&M Hair Design – Auckland, New Zealand
• Ella&Jade – Calamvale, QLD
• Tao of Hair – Perth, WA
• Blow It’s a Hair Thing – Adelaide, SA

SESSION STYLIST OF THE YEAR 2018

• Koh Sataporn Tanyawanichapong
• Sarah Laidlaw
• Richard Kavanagh
• Philip Barwick

BEST SALON DESIGN 2018

• Parlour Adelaide – Adelaide, SA
• RAZORSMITHS – Collingwood, VIC
• Cataldo’s Salon – Canberra, ACT
• Rixon Hair – Brisbane, QLD
• George & Ivy – East Freemantle, WA
• Circles on Fitzgerald – Perth, WA
• DavidLee Hairdressing – Woodvale, WA
• Ado Hair – Tauranga, New Zealand
• Blondie Hair + Cosmetica – Geelong, VIC
• Jakadjari Hair Australia – Hobart, TAS

CREATIVE STATE CATEGORIES

NSW-ACT HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR 2018

• Nathan Cherrington, TONI&GUY Concord – NSW
• Katy Reeve, TONI&GUY Paddington – NSW
• James Calabria, Franco of Canberra – ACT
• Adam Ciaccia, Axis Hairdressing – Braddon, ACT
• Nicole Kae, Nicole Kae Freelance – Newtown, NSW
• Zoe Wilde, Zoe Wilde Artistry – Albury, NSW

SA-TAS HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR 2018

• Johnny Georgiou, Colour Cosmetica – Adelaide, SA
• Tony Mckenzie, Parlour Hair Unley – SA
• Sam James, Orbe North Adelaide – SA
• Tracy Doak, De Stijl – Hobart, TAS

VICTORIAN HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR 2018

• Sanja Scher, rokk ebony – Melbourne
• Chung-Yang Su, rokk ebony – Melbourne
• Michael Piastrino, Ibiza Hair – Albert Park
• Andrea De Deugd, Jacou Hair – Elsternwick
• Joe Habbaki, TONI&GUY Armadale
• Hermiz Daniel, Joey Scandizzo Salon – South Yarra

WA-NT HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR 2018

• Judith McEwen, TONI&GUY Perth Central – WA
• Jo Banks, HairArt – Ellenbrook, WA
• Anita Sutton-Galloway, Djurra Lifestyle Salon and Spa – Freemantle, WA
• Pauline McCabe, Rock Paper Scissors Hair Studio – Freemantle, WA
• Charlie Crothers, The Nest Hair Boutique – Attadale, WA
• Terrina Brown, Zedz – Palmyra, WA
• Anmar Sahar, Element Aveda Lifestyle – Subiaco, WA
• Asuka Aoki, Tao of Hair – Perth, WA
• Hayley Keep, Earth Wind Fire Hair – Canning Vale, WA

QUEENSLAND HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR 2018

• Elle Schoemaker, Stelios Papas Toowong
• Brodie Lee Stubbins, ROKSTAR – West End
• William Webb, Ella&Jade – Calamvale

BUSINESS CATEGORIES

EDUCATION BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 2018

• TONI&GUY Education Australia
• BIBA Academy
• Sharon Blain Education
• DCI Education

EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR 2018

• Caterina Di Biase
• Katy Reeve
• Dario Cotroneo
• Jules Tognini
• Kylie Dwyer

INDUSTRY BUSINESS PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR 2018

• O&M
• Excellent Edges
• Mocha Publishing

SALON BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 2018

• Edwards and Co – Sydney, NSW
• The Fox & The Hair – Wollongong, NSW
• Salon Kiin – Penrith, NSW
• Tyler Reid Hair – Canning Vale, WA
• Royals Hair – Sydney, NSW
• Circles of Subiaco – Perth, WA

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