The Queen’s Birthday Weekend, AKA the weekend of hairdressing, is quickly rushing toward us and, with that, both the Australian Hair Industry Awards (Creative) and Hair Festival are opening up for business. The AHIAs are available to enter with online photographic submissions from now, and Hair Festival ticket sales will be open from early February.

The deadline for the photographic submissions is March 22, from there finalists will be announced on April 19 and the second round of written submissions will be due by May 17. 100 judges, the biggest panel in Australian hair award history, will decide who advances. All finalist collections will be displayed in the awards gallery at Hair Festival over June 13 and 14 at Carriageworks, before the awards ceremony on the night of June 14.

Image by Dee Parker Attwood

The award categories cover pinnacle titles such as Australian, New Zealand and International Hairdresser of the Year, as well as state categories. They also include awards for emerging talents, men’s hair experts, colourists, cutting aficionados and Avant Garde style, as well as combined categories looking at teams and collaborations. Young stylists can also submit their entry to be on the Hot Shots Team.

“We are 100 per cent committed and excited for the launch of the new awards held on the Queen’s Birthday weekend, June 2021, where the industry as a whole will celebrate Creative Excellence across the entire hair industry,” said Linda Woodhead, owner of Mocha Publishing, the organisers of the Australian Hair Industry Awards. “We have worked very hard at becoming a respected and trusted brand and understand that taking on the responsibility of running these awards is a great honour, which we do with humility, gratitude and pride.”

Image by Dee Parker Attwood

Operated alongside Hair Festival, which will offer hairdressers the opportunity to shop, learn, compete and connect with a dedicated marketplace, education sessions, networking events and more, the June long weekend once again promises to belong to hairdressers. Submit your entry and start counting down.

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