What a year. We’re exhausted just looking back at the sheer magnitude of hairdressing events held throughout 2016, from awards, to expos, education and so much more, the consensus is clear – no one parties like a hairdresser, and you’re in luck, Styleicons was there to capture it all!

We’re predicting an even bigger year for 2017 (don’t believe us? Check here), but for now, let’s look back on some of the biggest highlights of 2016. Follow the links to relive these events and feel free to add what have been your favourite hairdressing moments of the year in the comments below!

1. Hair Expo

Of course we have to start with Hair Expo, which took over Melbourne for three frenetic days in June, packing in 10,000 visitors and capping it all with the annual Awards Night – not much in the industry compares.

2. The Australian Hair Fashion Awards  caterina-di-biase-600x400

Call it the Oscars of Australian hairdressing (we do), all we know is Luna Park is never as suave as when it is packed with Aussie stylists for one glamorous night a year. Caterina Di Biase left as Australian Hairdresser of the Year, alongside a host of other talented award winners across multiple, fashion-centric categories.

3. Ssh!

Creativity, education and collaboration are at the very core of the hairdressing industry – they’re also what the incomparable Ssh! event is based on, with local and international presenters that make the whole event a standout.

4. L’Oréal Professionnel Colour Jam


500 hairdressers were joined by a host of impressive performers (headlined by the duo from RUSH Hair and Beauty, UK) to celebrate colour in all its (hair-related) forms. Theatrical shows centred on candy, the circus and more brought a new brand of edu-tainment to the stage.

5. Shu Uemura MUSE IMAGE Awards

These inaugural awards took over Melbourne for a night of Japanese-inspired frivolity, eventually crowning Danny Puopolo as their first award winner, gifting him the opportunity to shoot for INSTYLE. We see this new platform only growing from here.

6. Aveda Colour Harmony Awards


Flower power was in full force as Aveda named their colour harmony winners (the flower wall that met you at the entrance was a clear indication of that). Prizes were awarded, the brand’s new collection was launched and GIFs were made, checking every vital event box.

7. Redken Symposium

Redken brought to Melbourne an event worthy of traditionally more illustrious locales, hosting 580 hairdressers and salon owners for an event dedicated to “personal growth and honing your craft” over two days of business and creative education, running simultaneously. How can we say no to that?

8. Goldwell Color Zoom

Goldwell awarded a group of Australian and New Zealand colourists who would then go on to compete (and succeed) at Global Zoom in Stockholm, all to the tune of a smooth R&B band and over the exceptional catering at Luke Mangan’s Mojo restaurant.

9. Matrix Playground


It’s the edgy hair education that takes over the hairdressing underground and encourages artistry at its finest, stopping over in Australia’s major cities to spread these ideas nationally. This year Matrix Playground built on the platform in its sophomore outing, offering maximum engagement without any of the ego in its national tour.

10. Wella Professionals TrendVision Awards


Wella Professionals hosted 500 attendees and 40 finalists at their night of nights, ultimately handing a lucky (and skillful) 4 winners tickets to Barcelona for the competition’s two main categories of Creative Vision and Color Vision. Presentations, creative shows and those important awards made the ceremony a must-attend.

Which event was your favourite?