Rebecca Brent - Willis York Wellington wins L’Oréal Colour Trophy NZ Hairdresser of the Year!

Chosen from seven Supreme Award finalists, Rebecca’s look impressed the judges with her technique, colour execution and beautiful result. The L’Oréal Colour Trophy Awards were judged live by a panel of three top international stylists – NZ-born/Sydney-based Brad Ngata, Caterina DiBiase of Melbourne, and Adelaide-based stylist Damien Rinaldo.

Head judge Brad Ngata says ‘in a competition of this nature it’s important to see colour - and my eye was always drawn back to the colour execution of Rebecca’s look.”

Damien Rinaldo, a past L’Oréal Colour Trophy Award Winner says "beauty should defy ages, and this look does. It has a cool freshness to it with an edge that pushes the look further. You can really see there’s personality behind it.”

"Whilst being forward thinking it is very ‘now’ – people are asking for this look in salon,” says Caterina DiBiase, also a past Award Winner.

"This is a momentous occasion for Willis York as the salon founder Clark York won the very first NZ L’Oréal Colour Trophy Award 20 years ago,” says Gary Marshall, L’Oréal Professional Products Division General Manager. "All this time later they’re at the top again. It’s an amazing milestone.”

Runner-up in the Supreme Award was Jock Robson from Dharma, Auckland.

Two other individual awards and a team award were also announced. The Young Colourist of the Year Award for a stylist with five years or less experience went to Valeria Lenskaia from Bettjemans, Auckland, while the Men’s Image Award showcasing the best in men’s colour and style was presented to Sara Carswell from Blaze, Auckland. The Salon of the Year Award went to Blaze, Auckland.

Following a stressful live recreation, the winners were celebrated at a lavish awards ceremony at Vector Arena that also featured catwalk shows by New Zealand’s leading designers Trelise Cooper, COOP, WORLD and HUFFER.

L’Oréal Colour Trophy requires finalists to go head-to-head in a live competition and re-create their photographic entry on the day of the awards. The judges score entrants on creative, fashion-forward hair colour, an innovative and striking cut, fashion-forward hair styling and finished with an overall look of fashion and make-up. The total look must reflect the expertise and ability of the stylist to create modern, bespoke look.


The Supreme Award: New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year 2013/14

Winner: Rebecca Brent – Willis York, Wellington

Prize: The winner receives a trip for two to visit the home of L’Oréal Professionnel Headquarters in Paris and attend the L’Oréal Colour Trophy UK 2014/15, to the value of $8,000. The winner also receives a fashion and beauty prize pack to the value of $1,000.


Runner up: Jock Robson – Dharma, Auckland.

Prize: The runner-up receives a trip for two to Australia to attend the Hair Expo 2014/2015, to the value of $3,000. The runner-up also receives a fashion and beauty prize pack to the value of $1,000.


The Young Colourist Award (for finalists with 5 years or less experience)

Winner: Valeria Lenskaia – Bettjemans, Auckland

Prize: The winner receives a trip for two to Australia to attend the Hair Expo 2014/2015, to the value of $3,000. The winner also receives a fashion and beauty prize pack to the value of $1,000.


Men’s Colour Award

Winner: Sara Carswell, Blaze, Auckland

Prize: The winner receives a trip for two to Australia to attend the Hair Expo 2014/2015, to the value of $3,000. The winner also receives a fashion and beauty prize pack to the value of $1,000.


Salon of the Year Award

Winner: Blaze, Auckland

Team leader: Mana Dave

Prize: The winning salon receives a fashion and beauty prize pack to the value of $1,000 for each team member (up to six team members).