Mathias Te Moananui is the 2016 L’Oréal Style and Colour Trophy NZ Hairdresser of the Year!

The L’Oréal Style and Colour Trophy Awards  were held in Auckland on the 30th July. Mathias Te Moananui from Buoy Salon and Spa in Wellington was awarded the title of NZ Hairdresser of the Year at the glamorous evening event held at St Matthews in the city! Mathias will now travel to Lisbon, Portugal in October this year to represent New Zealand and compete against the world for the global title.

Chosen from nine other finalists, Mathias’ look impressed the judges with his technique, colour execution and beautiful result. The Awards were judged by two top international stylists New Zealand’s Stephen Marr and Australian hair icon and international educator Tracey Hughes.

Stephen says while there were some beautifully strong entries for New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year, Mathias’ submission was a stand out. "Mathias’ look captured my attention because it is directional and relevant, but also a look that someone could see in a magazine and be inspired to try themselves. Tracey and I were looking for an entry with a contemporary and effortless feel, and we found it in Mathias’ look. It’s editorial, it’s fresh, and it shows evidence of technical skill.” He says.

"I feel shocked!” Says Mathias. "I’m very very humbled and very thankful to win this award.”

His inspiration behind his winning look was to create something beautiful from something traditionally unconventional. "I chose colours that most people would shy away from; golden tones, yellows, oranges and greens, in the hope that people could love it, and be like, actually, I could imagine myself with that colour” says Mathias.

Gary Marshall, L’Oréal Professional Products Division General Manager said "The 21st anniversary of L’Oréal Style and Colour Trophy Awards will mean huge accolades for Mathias this year. With the event being transformed this year into a global event, it will help him further his career with international recognition.”

Congratulations to the L’Oréal Style and Colour Trophy Award Winners!

New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year 2016:

Mathias Te Moananui, Buoy Salon and Spa, Wellington

Second place: Sara Allsop, Dharma salon, Auckland

Third place: Sean Mahoney, Vada salon, Auckland


Colour Award: Hannah Wilkes, Felix Culpa Hairdressing Christchurch


Cut & Colour Award: Angeline Thornley, Rodney Wayne Lambton Quay Wellington


Peoples Choice Award: Angeline Thornley, Rodney Wayne Lambton Quay Wellington


Young Talent Award: Andrew Cobeldick, Rodney Wayne on Manners, Wellington


Men’s Image Award: Mana Dave, Blaze salon, Auckland


Salon of the Year Award: Blaze salon, Auckland


Headway Award: Mathias Te Moananui, Buoy Salon and Spa Wellington


Mindfood Award: Andrew Cobeldick, Rodney Wayne on Manners, Wellington



Mana Dave, Blaze salon, Auckland


 Blaze salon, Auckland


Andrew Cobeldick, Rodney Wayne on Manners, Wellington


Angeline Thornley, Rodney Wayne Lambton Quay Wellington


Rachael Armstrong and Gary Marshall


Mathias Te Moananui, Buoy Salon and Spa, Wellington


Sara Allsop, Dharma salon, Auckland



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