Wella Professionals has ended 2020 in the best way, celebrating a myriad of talented hairdressers across Australia and New Zealand as they announced their annual National TrendVision Awards winners and medallists for 2020. Three winners were crowned from 18 finalists across categories of colour, cut, style and artistic trends.

“More than a competition, TrendVision is a platform that unleashes the creativity and passion of the best colourists and stylists across the world,” said Max Amen, General Manager Wella Australia and New Zealand. “Reaching such a high level this year demonstrates once more the leading role that Australia and New Zealand plays in this industry. I would like to congratulate the winners and thank everyone who entered, as well as the judges for generously giving us their time in support of the competition.”

In the Color Specialist category, the focus was on balayage techniques and creating a multi-tonal effect with a transition from a deeper root to enhanced or lightened ends. This category was won by Mikey Forster of Horse Meat Disco Salon, with Kylie Hayes Moha Hairdressing and Layla Hambley of TONI&GUY Perth picking up silver and gold respectively.

The Craft Artist sector is predicated on cut and style, awarding the best transformation and a look that showcases the model’s identity and true self, celebrating both individuality and unique beauty. Sky Srisukpolluck of The Black Studio won this category, with silver and bronze medals going to Andre Faiva of Revolution Hairdressing and Jaimee Smith of Ukiyo Salon & Co, respectively.

Color Artist is a category that is inspired by trending hues, complementing the unique style and beauty of the model while portraying true trending artistry. Congratulations to category winner Mikaela Campbell of Ukiyo Salon & Co and silver and bronze medallists respectively, Jodi Nicholson from The New Black Industries and  Sarah Culliford  from By Frank.

“TrendVision is and always will be a celebration of craft and creativity. 2020 has been a year like no other, yet despite the challenges, we at Wella are continuously inspired by the level of passion, commitment and resilience from our wonderful hairdressing community,” shared the brand’s Education Leader Australia and New Zealand, Ludmila Hlinovsky.

The unique 2020 event was held online for the first time ever, displayed as part of the new World of Wella showcase of fashion, talent and future trends, created by the brand’s ANZ’s creative directors, Renya Xydis, Frank Apostolopoulos, Uros Mikic, Marie Uva, Richi Grisillo, Jack Morton and Brad Lepper. The event showcased a bold portrayal of craft and colour dedicated to creative hair fashion, with inspiring looks that jumped through the screen.

All three gold winners, as judged by the creative directors as well as David Mannah, Jayne Wild, Dennis Langford, Stephen Moody, Jayson Gray and Josh Anderson, have won entry to the International TrendVision Award Creative Retreat Experience in September 2021, where they will be mentored by global brand artists to learn, grow and challenge themselves over three days to create a bespoke trend collection in collaboration with fellow winners from around the world.

“TrendVision is an integral part of Wella’s commitment to celebrate and elevate hairdressing talent, so we were thrilled to be able to adapt and move our awards online this year,” Ludmilla said. “Congratulations to our three winners, you have an exciting year ahead and I can’t wait to see the magic you will create at the Creative Retreat Experience. The standard of entries and level of talent we have in Australia and New Zealand never ceases to amaze me, and I want to thank everyone who participated. I am so proud to be part of such an inspiring industry.”

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