Frank Apostolopoulos - Australian Hairdresser of the Year 2013!

Frank Apostolopoulos, creative director of Melbourne’s Biba salon group, was named the 2013 Hair Expo Australian Hairdresser of the Year. Winning the top prize in Australian hairdressing, Frank beat three others to the award and takes the national trophy to Victoria for just the fourth time in 17 years.

As part of the annual awards at Hair Expo, held at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre over the Queen’s Birthday weekend, Frank took the top prize in a much deserved win, having been a finalist for the award for the past five years. He was also awarded Photographic Collection of the Year for his avant-garde creations for the second time in a row, beating over 200 submissions across fifteen categories.

The awards top a long list of industry accolades Frank has received in his 19-year career and make him a true home-grown success story within the Australian hairdressing industry. The prize comes in the year that he branched out to launch a new personal hair care range ‘BIBA’s Apothecary Hair Products’, that are tailored specifically to the Australian environment and made from pure ingredients.

With a strong eye for trends, Frank is known for his creativity, versatility and vision. He sees two grunge-inspired trends coming through in women’s hairdressing this year: "The Chipped Fringe and The Undercut both really excite me,” says Frank.

"For The Chipped Fringe, I developed ways to cut heavy graduation into fringes to create an irregular finish. This makes for a fresh, styled and relaxed approach to the fringe – a twist away from perfection with a modern edge. This type of fringe is playing a major role at the moment in fashion and in high demand in the salon. Another signature of mine is The Undercut, which I interpret in so many ways. When done appropriately almost anyone can wear this look. Both these styles are major influences in fashion at the moment, from Chanel advertising campaigns through to the streets and here in the salon. They’re going to be big”, Says Frank.