Melbourne played host to the long-awaited L’Oréal Professionnel Colour Trophy grand final for 2019 this week, naming the winner after a series of semi-final events and live competitions and ending an exhaustive several month search to find the best colourist in the country. Congratulations to Massimo Tirimacco of Zohair who was named the Colour Trophy winner as well as the marie claire Reader’s Choice recipient.

The awards night showcase the work of all 15 national finalists, with a hair show of live looks created for an enthralled audience and top-tier judging panel of industry experts. The combined prize pool equalled over $340,000, and Massimo has won a prestigious trip and admission to an International L’Oréal event, as well as having the winning image featured on the front cover of marie claire’s Hair Trend’s magazine.

‘I can’t believe I’ve won the 2019 L’Oréal colour trophy,” he enthused. “Winning such a prestigious award was the first pinnacle moment that I have always envisioned. I am so looking forward to all great opportunities to come and I could not think of a better brand to represent than L’Oréal Professionnel.”

“I’m so excited to feature on the front cover of Marie Claire’s Hair Trends magazine. This has been an incredible journey and I’m looking forward to seeing how this elevates my career to the next level.”

The evening was a dynamic and star-studded affair, with a special appearance by by L’Oréal Professionnel muse and Smartbond Ambassador, Ellie Gonsalves, as well as other high-profile guests such as DJ Havana Brown, Married at First Sight’s Martha Kalifatidis and fashion designer couple Shayne Tino and Effie Kats. The evening was hosted by laugh-out-loud comedian Tommy Little, with a performance by Aussie 90s band Bachelor Girl, who had the audience signing at the top of their lungs.

From the perspective of hair inspiration, international artistic hair artist Sophia Hilton as well as some of L’Oréal Professionnel’s Australian Artistic team showcased the latest trends from Paris in a stellar runway show.

“L’Oréal Colour Trophy is an esteemed competition showcasing exceptional hairdressing talent from across the country,” said Cara Riley, L’Oréal Professionnel General Manager. “We witnessed some outstanding technical skills, making it almost impossible to select a winner. Congratulations to Massimo for his beautifully unique colour work, and thank you to all our Australian participants for making the 2019 event so memorable.”

Congratulations to all the skilled finalists – we’re already on the lookout for 2020’s greatest talents.

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