2015 Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards!

It was a fabulous night at the Hair Expo Awards held in The Star Event Centre at Sydney’s Darling Harbour. The packed audience of over 900 comprised of the creme de la creme of the most influential leaders in Australian and New Zealand hairdressing! The best creative and business talent from across the region were recognised, after being selected by a panel of the industry’s most renowned and respected leaders.

Taking out the night’s top award - Australian Hairdresser of the Year – was Dmitri Papasof Papas and Pace Salon in Brisbane. Dmitri follows in the footsteps of his Dad and renowned hairdresser Stelios Papas who has previously won the coveted award. "It is a true honour to be chosen as Hairdresser of the Year – I am still trying to get my head around the news,” said Dmitri. "This is definitely a highlight of my career so far, to be recognised by industry leaders and to join the ranks of previous recipients such as Benni Tognini, Brad Ngata, Shane Henning and Sharon Blain is incredible.”

It was a special moment when Michael Beel from Buoy Hair in Wellington took the coveted New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year title. His winning collection was simply stunning! He was up against very talented finalists Sara Allsop, Danny Pato and Jock Robson.

"It’s been a professional goal of mine for over ten years to win this title. I’ve been lucky enough to be a finalist 5 times and now to have won it it’s been amazing to be amongst the other industry leaders who have won this Oscar of hairdressing! I want to thank the other finalists as each of them deserved it as much as I do... When your at that level of hairdressers it really is anyone’s game!” Said Michael.

New Zealand had another big win with Richard kavanagh now based in Sydney taking out Session Stylist of the Year for the second year running. Congratulations to our NZ winners!

The evening’s other big winners included Jules Tognini from AKA Togninis who took home three awards - Men’s Hairdresser/Barber of the Year, Educator of the Year and Photographic Collection of the Year, while e’ Salon from NSW won Salon Team of the Year and Emerging Hairdresser of the Year Lisa Muscat Vitale.

Celebrating a milestone 30 years, the Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards represent the longest running and most respected hair accolades in the Southern Hemisphere.

Full list of Award Winners:

Australian Hairdresser Of The Year

Dmitri Papas

Papas And Pace

Brisbane Queensland

New Zealand Hairdresser Of The Year

Michael Beel

Buoy Hairdressing

Wellington NZ

Colour Technician Of The Year

Olivia Zynevych

Mieka Hairdressing

Collingwood Victoria

Emerging Hairdresser Of The Year

Lisa Muscat Vitale


Wahroonga NSW

Men’s Hairdresser/Barber Of The Year

Jules Tognini

Aka Togninis

Fortitude Valley Queensland

New Creative Force

Hermiz Daniel

Joey Scandizzo Salon

South Yarra Victoria

Apprentice/Student Of The Year

Jessie Mcallister

Mieka Hairdressing

Collingwood Victoria

Best Salon Design

Roji Salon


Salon Team Of The Year

E’ Salon

Wahroonga Nsw

Salon Business Of The Year

Kinky Curly Straight

Stepney Adelaide

Session Stylist Of The Year

Richard Kavanagh

Education Business Of The Year

Sharon Blain Art Of Education

Educator Of The Year

Jules Tognini

Aka Togninis

Fortitude Valley Queensland

Industry Business Performance Of The Year

Sharon Blain Education Boot Camp

Photographic Collection Of The Year

Jules Tognini

Aka Togninis

Fortitude Valley Queensland

People’s Choice

Stevie Corthine

Stevie English Hair

Glebe NSW