It was a historical night in London this week when two New Zealanders took out the highest awards in both Wella International Trend Vision Categories – Color Vision and Creative Vision. Competing against 83 illustrious international counterparts, Mana Dave of Blaze Salon won the Color Vision Platinum Award, and Kylie Hayes of Moha Hairdressing Won the Creative Vision Platinum Award, marking the first time in history both Platinum awards have been won by the same country.
The wins also marked the first time Australia or New Zealand has been awarded Platinum. The duo were flown to London, alongside Australian Gold winners, Beau Jenkins of UVA Salon and Jack Horton of Jack Horton Hair Boutique. The group took part in a live styling final judged by an esteemed panel, for Color, Andreas Kurkowitz, Jayson Gray, Michio Nozawa, Annie Humphreys and Larisa Love, and for Creative, Eugene Souleiman, Dimitry Vinokurov, Pavlos Divitaris, Rosângela Barchetta and Nicola Shannon. That two New Zealanders went home with the highest title is an incredible coup for our local branch of the brand.
“This is an absolutely incredible result for New Zealand and Australian hairdressers and we couldn’t be prouder of Kylie Hayes and Mana Dave winning Platinum Awards,” shared Wella’s Education Director Australia & New Zealand, Gina Thomas. “To win Platinum in both Color Vison and Creative Vision categories on the world stage has never been achieved before and is testament to the creativity of our talent. We encourage all hairdressers in Australia and New Zealand to register to Wella’s Education platform to relive the magic of the night and discover the 2018 Trends.”
The evening was especially imbued with AUSNZ influence, from the award wins to a special presentation from Australian hairdressing legend Renya Xydis. Renya presented an innovative runway show in London, unveiling Wella Professionals’ SS18 and AW18 Trends alongside Darren Ambrose of D&J Ambrose UK.
“Wella is so thrilled for Mana Dave and Kylie Hayes, and we send them a huge congratulations. To compete and win Platinum at Wella International TrendVision is an extraordinary achievement and a life-changing opportunity,” shared Jerome Toulza, General Manager, Coty Professional Beauty ANZ.
“We are also incredibly proud that our Creative Director, Renya Xydis, represented ANZ live on stage with her impressive 2018 Trend Reveal. To have this level of talent coming from Australia is something to be truly proud of,” he continued. “Wella is committed to supporting our industry in Australia and New Zealand and showcasing the extraordinary talent we have. To all our finalists and winners, the standard of work was truly exceptional and we encourage you to enter the 2018 competition and follow in our winners’ footsteps.”
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