For the second year running, the Brisbane Hair and Beauty expo proved that the Sunshine State is on the rise with savvy salon stars and a captive audience on the look out for the latest, writes Cameron Pine.

Close Up Crowd Shot

Almost 5,000 people made their way through the ‘It’s your time to shine’ themed trade floor on Sunday and Monday July 17/18– a dynamic collaboration of all the latest in beauty with everything from hair and nail competitions to some of our biggest names on stage. Looking for the opportunity to get up close and personal with your favourite stylist or practitioner? The BHBE was your hot ticket to the industry’s best.

Set amongst the exciting surrounds of Brisbane’s Southbank at the city’s award winning Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane Hair and Beauty organizers promised a bigger and better event than 2015. Rumour has it that in 2017 the event will increase in size by another 50 per cent with more exhibitors and live education on the agenda. With an affordable ticket price ($10 for students) and an ego free culture of sharing and growing, this year interstate guests made their way to Brisbane to support what appears to have become a significant annual event on the hair and beauty calendar.

The Barbershop
The Barbershop

Back by popular demand was the Champagne lounge in the centre of the venue, where guests were able to chill out while grabbing a good view of both the hair and nail competitions centre stage as well as soak up the relaxed yet inspiring expo vibe.

What really added some gumption to the show this year was the extensive range of extended education seminars. All bases from practical skills to inspirational mindset management were covered and our most hearted heroes including Julie Piantadosi, Sharon Blain, Jules Tognini, Lauren McCowan, Benni Tognini, Dimitri Papas and Justin Pace as well as Lorna Evans and Sarah Laidlaw drew in the crowds with heartfelt and knowledgeable sessions and a leading mindset.

“One negative person can overpower three positive people. Nobody says you have to choose and stay where you are at, it’s all about choices and so much of what we do happens in our mindset,” Julie said, in her inspiring seminar.

Jules Tognini - Centre Stage
Jules Tognini on Centre Stage

The big take away from BHBE came in the form of constant of change and how the industry, like any has developed so much and we need to keep up with both skills and our image – they need to go hand in hand.

“Cutting and colouring has changed so much and it’s no longer about ‘where will I be in five years’, it’s where will I be 12 months,” Benni Tognini said. “There is a new breed of stylists who aren’t necessarily good stylists, they are just social media stylists.”

BHBE drew back on the fundamentals of connecting the old fashioned way – with the help of social media of course!

“If you ask someone what they saw on social media yesterday they can’t remember. It’s important to go back to the honesty of being creative and skillful,” Benni said.

Lauren McCowan agreed, “I am on social media but I’m not chasing clients. For me it’s my signature and my own personal magazine of the things I love. What do you want top be famous for, what sets you apart that deserves you fame?”

From how to shape men’s and women’s brows with Jazz Pampling and Fantasy Nail Art to Advanced Cut and Colour with Dimitri Papas and Justin Pace, the program afforded everyone a look in whether beauty or hair or both was your fuel.

Exhibitor - Affinage Professional

“We have spent a lot of timing providing Brisbane with the best in the industry and a line up of artists who are world class,” BHBE organisers said.

In addition to up-close-and-personal presentations on the Spotlight Stage, the event’s Centre Stage drew massive crowds over the two days, including a headline appearance by industry icon Sharon Blain.

The introduction of the all new feature area, The Barbershop’ proved to be a huge drawcard for attendees, with leading barbering identities including Lino D’Adderio, Mark Rabone, Lance Liufau, Fana Lole and the crew from Jimmy Rod’s Barber Shop showing off their skills on stage.

During the event, Expo Founder and Manager Jason Greenhalgh announced the organiser’s expansion plans for the 2017 Brisbane Hair and Beauty Expo and beyond.

“The response to the 2016 Brisbane Hair and Beauty Expo by attendees and exhibitors alike was extraordinary, and we are thrilled to see such growth since the event’s inception just 2 years ago,” he said. “The 2016 Expo floor space was completely sold out, with all exhibitor sites secured well over one month prior to the event. With this demand, we were thrilled to have 50 per cent more exhibitors at the event in comparison to 2015, which reflected the 30 per cent increase in attendees across the two days. As Queensland’s premier hair and beauty event, we have some exciting plans for 2017, including expanding our floor space from 5,000m2 to 7,500m2.”

On the trade floor Brisbane based Affinage took a leading presence with three separate stands promoting everything from colour to their essentials brand.

The busy and productive first day of the expo capped off by a networking event on site and positive conversations regarding the event all-round, 2017 is shaping up to be bigger and better. With leading names everywhere you turned, the future is looking bright for an expo built around the sharing of knowledge and a platform for all. Monday afternoon saw the announcement of the cutting competitions – with many students on the floor it was the perfect way to inspire our next generation.

Kudos to Brisbane!

Cutting Competition Results:

Traditional Barbering
1st place- Rebekah O’Hanlon- Mr Roberts Barbershop
2nd place- Charles Williams- Anton and Blair
3rd Place- Callum Hexter- I Barber

Men’s Cutting Senior
1st place- Chandre Wilson- Cocomousse Hair
2nd place- Paul Dumenil- Paul and Paul Salon
3rd Place- Xin Guo- Xin Twenty One

Men’s Cutting Apprentice
1st place- Monique Venables- Jimmy Rods
2nd place- Erhan Helec- Ceasers Barbers
3rd place- Josh Cooke- Jimmy Rods

Contemporary Colour Senior
1st place- Alice Lu- Twisted desire
2nd place- Chandre Wilson- Cocomousse Hair
3rd place- Emma Jones- Heads in the Cloud

Contemporary Colour Apprentice
1st place- Rose Moffatt- Stellios Papas
2nd place- Caroline Paul- Laura Hudson Hair design
3rd place- Alison Davies- Hair Rocks

Futuristic Colour Senior
1st place- Jaslynn Smit- Cocomousse Hair
2nd place- Amy Joy Smit- Cocomousse Hair
3rd place- Chantelle Sinclair- Hair Rocks

Futuristic Colour Apprentice
1st place- Tegan Bozier- Togninis hair skin and body
2nd place- Cassi Watson- Stellios Papas
3rd place- Susan Hort- Chroma Hair studio

Ladies Cutting Senior
1st place- Jacinda Pike- Dextress Hair
2nd place- Anthea Allen- The Ruby room
3rd place- Ryan King- Togninis

Ladies Cutting Apprentice
1st place- Susan Hort- Chroma Hair studio
2nd place- Tori Crook- Paris Texas
3rd place- Maggie Ahern- Indigo Cut and Colour

Traditional Up-styling
1st place- Kayla Pacey- Kayla Expertease
2nd place- Debbie Schwenderling- Applebom Beauty, Hair and Wellbeing
3rd place- Jelissa Kelland- Jelant Hair Studio

Avant Garde Up-styling
1st place- Paul James Graham- Paul and Paul Salon
2nd place- Kyra Spierings- Chroma Hair Studio
3rd place- Jelissa Kelland- Jelant Hair Studio