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Hair Expo Awards: And the winner is…

The industry arrived in droves for the swan song of Hair Expo 2015, with the Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards held at The Star last night. Guests witnessed talents established and new take to the stage to accept their awards.   

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Richard Reed

In her 50th year in the industry Sharon Blain left a double award winner, Dennis and Graham Langford were honoured for their work with TONI&GUY with an induction into the Hall of Fame, and three-time winner Jules Tognini became so accustomed to taking to the stage he swapped jackets with host Richard Reed.

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Sharon Blain

As always, the story of the night comes in the form of Australian Hairdresser of the Year, so without further ado, your new Aussie champion is… Dmitri Papas, of Papas and Pace, who triumphed over worthy candidates Joey Scandizzo, Emiliano Vitale and Frank Apostolopoulos to take home the crown.

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Dmitri Papas

“It is a true honour to be chosen as Hairdresser of the Year – I am still trying to get my head around the news,” said Dmitri. “This is definitely a highlight of my career so far – to be recognised by industry leaders and to join the ranks of previous recipients such as Benni Tognini, Brad Ngata, Shane Henning and Sharon Blain is incredible.”

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Michael Beel

New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year was won by first-time winner Michael Beel, Colour Technician of the Year was awarded to Olivia Zynevych, Emerging Hairdresser was taken by Lisa Muscat Vitale, while Men’s Hairdresser of the Year was one of many won by Jules Tognini. See a full list of award winners below.

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Jules Tognini

Schwarzkopf Professional started the evening in signature style, parading their latest Essential Looks collection in a series of runway shows and dance routines that took three aesthetics to their extreme. Three collections entitled Rok Chik, Hippi Glam and Pearlescent Girls borrowed a retro vibe with chic finishes that will define next season’s salon trends.

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Hippi Glam

 In its milestone 30th year, the Hair Expo Awards were as significant ever. We’ll be talking about this one for awhile, at least until number 31. 

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Graham and Dennis Langford

Congratulations to all the winners!


Australian Hairdresser of the Year:

Dimitri Papas – Papas and Pace

New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year:

Michael Beel – Buoy Hairdressing

Hair Expo Hall of Fame:

Dennis and Graham Langford – TONI&GUY

Colour Technician of the Year:

Olivia Zynevych – Mieka Hairdressing

Emerging Hairdresser of the Year:

Lisa Muscat Vitale – é SALON

Men’s Hairdresser or Barber of the Year:

Jules Tognini – AKA Togninis

Salon Team of the Year:


New Creative Force:

Hermiz Daniel – Joey Scandizzo Salon

People’s Choice Award:

Stevie Corthine – Stevie English Hair

Session Stylist of the Year:

Richard Kavanagh

Photographic Collection of the Year:

Jules Tognini – AKA Togninis

Best Salon Design:


Education Business of the Year:

Sharon Blain Art of Education

Educator of the Year:

Jules Tognini – AKA Togninis

Industry Business Performance of the Year:

Sharon Blain Education Boot Camp

Salon Business of the Year:

Kinky Curly Straight 

Apprentice/Student of the Year:

Jesse McAllister – Mieka Hairdressing

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