Frank Apostolopoulos And Danny Pato Take Out Top Awards At Hair Expo 2016!

Frank Apostolopoulos, creative director of Melbourne’s Biba salon group, has been named the Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Australian Hairdresser of the Year. Frank joins a small circle of just four elite Australian hairdressers who have been named Hairdresser of the Year three or more times. Frank beat five others to the award and his win sees the national trophy coming home to Victoria for the eighth time in 31 years.


"Winning Hairdresser of the Year for the third time is a massive honour”, said Frank. "Having your work recognised by such an incredible panel of judges from around the world is amazing enough but now having the opportunity to show in London is unbelievable. I’m still in shock”.


The other top award of the night – Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year was awarded to Danny Pato of D&M Hair Design in Ponsonby – a first-time winner.

The annual awards are the final night highlight of Hair Expo Australia, the largest hairdressing event in the southern hemisphere which was staged for the first time this year in Melbourne over the Queen’s birthday long weekend. Frank and Danny received their trophies at a spectacular gala ceremony in The Plenary event centre on Monday 13th June, hosted by TV personality, Richard Reid.


Celebrating their 31st anniversary this year, the annual Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards are the longest running and most respected awards in the Australian and New Zealand hairdressing industry. They set the industry standard in the region and represent the pinnacle of hairdressing excellence in the southern hemisphere.

The strength of the Hair Expo Hairdresser of the Year award lies in the fact that unlike any other industry award, it is based 50/50 on a photographic collection as well as on a year of service to the industry plus business performance. The end result is that the recipients of the awards in Australia and New Zealand represent not only the best, most creative hairdressers of our region but are also industry leaders with the highest possible levels of personal integrity.

"The Hair Expo Awards are an engine of excellence for hairdressing”, says Julia Erben, Hair Expo Event Director. "For over three decades, they have created an independent platform for the best of the best in our industry to showcase their talent to their peers and to the rest of the world”.

This year’s awards were judged by an illustrious panel of twelve international judges and twenty-five from Australia and New Zealand, comprising a global who’s who of the hairdressing industry. And for the first time, this year, the winners of both Australian and New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year were awarded funding to stage a show at Salon International in London, Europe’s premier hairdressing event.

The awards gala wrapped up the 31st year of Hair Expo Australia – the largest hairdressing trade industry showcase in the southern hemisphere. 2016 was a record year for visitor numbers with over 10,000+ visitors from around the region and interstate as well as overseas. Having staged the show in Melbourne this year for the first time, Hair Expo will return to Sydney in 2017 at the ICC in Darling Harbour from 10-12 June 2017.

2016 SCHWARZKOPF PROFESSIONAL HAIR EXPO AWARDS WINNERS

AUSTRALIAN HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR

Frank Apostolopoulos – Biba, Fitzroy VIC

NEW ZEALAND HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR

Danny Pato – D&M Hair Design, Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand

HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE


Tabatha Coffey

PHOTOGRAPHIC COLLECTION OF THE YEAR

Frank Apostolopoulos – Biba, Fitzroy VIC

COLOUR TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR


Adrian Rotolo – Ibiza Hair, Albert Park VIC

MEN’S HAIRDRESSER / BARBER OF THE YEAR


Uros Mikic – Kinky Curly Straight, Stepney SA

NEW CREATIVE FORCE


Hermiz Daniel – Joey Scandizzo Salon, South Yarra VIC

APPRENTICE / STUDENT OF THE YEAR


Kelly Manu – BLAZE, Auckland, New Zealand

SALON TEAM OF THE YEAR


é SALON – Wahroonga NSW

SESSION STYLIST OF THE YEAR

Koh Sataporn, Viviens Creative Agency, Sydney NSW

PEOPLE’S CHOICE


Chinney Yeap

BEST SALON DESIGN 2016

Edwards and Co. Alexandria – Surry Hills NSW

EDUCATION BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 2016

DCI Education – Darlinghurst NSW

EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR 2016


Jules Tognini – AKA Togninis, Fortitude Valley QLD

INDUSTRY BUSINESS PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR 2016

Sustainable Salons Australia – Sydney NSW

SALON BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 2016

Elysium Hair Brisbane – Brisbane QLD

STATE CATEGORIES

NSW-ACT Hairdresser of the Year 2016


Mary Alamine – Royals Hair, Hornsby NSW

SA-TAS Hairdresser of the Year 2016


Kristy Hodgson – Jarahs Hair, Loxton SA

VIC Hairdresser of the Year 2016


Dee Parker Attwood – Wieselmann Salon, Melbourne Vic

WA-NT Hairdresser of the Year 2016


Simone Lee – Simone Lee Creative, Canningvale WA

INTERNATIONAL JUDGES

Edward Darley

Gerard Scarpaci

Guy Tang

Indira Schauwecker

Jayne Lewis-Orr

Jorge Cancer

Lucie Doughty

Mark Hayes

Mark Leeson

Peter Gray

Tabatha Coffey

Vivienne Mackinder

AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND JUDGES

Adrian Barclay

Benni Tognini

Bronwyn Illingworth

Cameron Pine

Caterina DiBiase

Dennis Langford

Emiliano Vitale

Haye Murray

Frank Apostolopoulos

Glenn Chaplin

Iain Smith

Jayne Wild

Jules Tognini

Justin Pace

Lisa Muscat-Vitale

Mana Dave

Matt Clements

Ruth Browne

Sandy Chong

Sara Allsop

Sarah Laidlaw

Shane Henning

Sharon Blain

Stelios Papas

Tracey Hughes