Conquering five states in two weeks, Matrix Playground and the inaugural Collective awards platform shone some light on the colourful and creative world of Matrix. Closing out a massive couple of weeks of shows and awards announcements, the brand followed up the South Australian and Western Australian announcements last week, by putting on performances and announcing the state winners in Queensland, New South Wales and Brisbane in the last few days.

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Congratulations to QLD group winners Sandy Kennedy and Danielle Colebert of OMG Hair Bar, as well as individual winner Joanne Bird of B&B Hair Salon. Representing for NSW, well done to individual winner Leah Rowley of Stevie English Hair and team champions Leanne Kay & Harrison Sansom, also from the Stevie crew, while Victoria finished by naming Moshe Vaknin of Gloss Hair Dezign, and then Ellana Dolman and Siobhan Tour of Hairhouse Southland as individual and team winners respectively.

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These state winners join last week’s victors, Western Australian team winners Hayley Keep and Jayde Osterburg from Earth Wind Fire Hair, individual winner Shauna Moore from Lemon Laine, South Australia’s team winners Maria Puccio and Madison Logozzo from Acqua Lounge Hair Studio and individual winner Lauren Hutcheson from Scissor Lounge.

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With a show at each live event that presented an army of colour in Vivids, Reds and Blondes as well as mastering editorial with Matthew Jonson and cutting with the leaders in the industry – Kobi Bokshish and Adam Ciaccia, there was a take away from every level of artist. Each show left attendees hungry to be part of the network and enter the competition that gave every stylist the chance to be recognised.

Image via Leanne Kay & Harrison Sansom

The lucky winners from every state will now receive the opportunity to take part in a professional photoshoot in Melbourne for INSTYLE, which for many is a once in a lifetime opportunity to work with a professional team and one of the best photographers in the industry. Across both team and individual categories, the shoots are designed to share the love and creativity within the Matrix family – an emotion that the Playground roadshow has perfectly captured.

“Matrix Playground is a unique platform and added with the Collective it allows the entire industry to engage with the world’s biggest colour brand, Matrix,” said Matrix Global Colour Director, Stevie English.

Image via Sandy Kennedy and Danielle Colebert

For Stevie it extends beyond the Matrix colour palette and to a family culture, altogether showing what a great decision it is to partner with Matrix as a brand.

“The main take away from an experience like this is the Matrix team. We really are a family and we are stronger together. I can’t wait until we all hang out again and to share with all the young, enthusiastic and excited faces that are part of the collective,” Stevie said.

Image via Ellana Dolman and Siobhan Tour

With Victoria closing the tour (with the largest audience of each state), the energy of sharing and approachability beyond the often polarising world of competition showed just why Matrix continues to give hairdressers the confidence to be their true selves while growing as a family.

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