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
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
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
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
AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND JUDGES