2017 Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards finalists announced in Sydney!

More than 300 of the industry’s most influential names in hair from across Australia and New Zealand gathered at the new International Convention Centre (ICC) in Sydney’s Darling Harbour on Monday night for the much-anticipated finalists’ announcement of the esteemed 2017 Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards. With 15 Kiwi hairdressers and salons among the 109 finalists, it was clear that the calibre of New Zealand hair professionals is on par with their Australian counterparts.

For more than 30 years, the coveted awards have been elevating those in the hair industry by recognising and celebrating excellence in creative vision, advanced technical skill, and business acumen – the complete picture of what exceptional hairdressing is.

A judging panel of 12 international and 12 local judges, consisting of prominent hair and fashion icons from across the industry, anonymously assessed the photographic collection entries across 14 creative categories, as well as the written submissions of four business categories. The 2017 awards received 235 entries, a huge 40 per cent increase from 2016, meaning tougher competition in some categories.

The finalists of the coveted 2017 Schwarzkopf Professional New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year are:

Ann Marie Young from Jingles Hair Design, Hamilton New Zealand

Danny Pato from D&M Hair Design, Auckland New Zealand

Kylie Hayes from Moha Hairdressing, Dunedin New Zealand

Natasha King from Fred and Gingers, Invercargill New Zealand

Previous winners of the award include prominent hairdressers Danny Pato, Michael Beel, Sara Allsop, and Mana Dave, among others.

"The 40 per cent increase in entries this year is extraordinary and attests to how those in the hair community crave to be recognised for the entirety of their achievements. The Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards represent exactly this; they are the complete picture of what exceptional hairdressing is, and we couldn’t be more proud to be celebrating our 2017 finalists this evening!” said Julia Erben, Event Director for Hair Expo Australia.

"It was great to see that there were so many impressive entries, and there is always exceptional work – in many categories, the bar has really been raised. I think that Apprentice of the Year and New Creative Force were a really big stand out for me this year. It’s really good to see that people are entering on that level, because this is the generation of the future… It’s also good to see so many entries in Australian Hairdresser of the Year, because that keeps competition tough at the top.” Added Caterina Di Biase, one of the Hair Expo Awards judges for 2017.

"I’ve been deeply impressed by the quality of all the entries this year. Australia/New Zealand continues to prove that it is right up there with the best in the world. Creativity and the ability to build and drive a sustainable business are the key attributes of a strong hairdresser. These qualities are what is being recognised in the Hair Expo Awards judging process and are eventually driving the growth and success of the industry we all love. That’s why we continue to recognise the Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards as the premier awards in Australia and New Zealand.” Said David Hahn, General Manager of Schwarzkopf Professional ANZ, which has been a sponsor of the awards for many years.

The winners of the 2017 Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards will be announced at a lavish gala ceremony in the Grand Ballroom of the new International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney in Darling Harbour on Monday 12 June 2017. The illustrious gala night is the pinnacle event of Hair Expo’s three days of trend showcases, world-class education and Australasia’s largest hair show performances, leading it to be known as ‘The Festival of Hair’.

2017 SCHWARZKOPF PROFESSIONAL HAIR EXPO AWARDS FINALISTS

CREATIVE CATEGORIES

AUSTRALIAN HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR 2017

 Dave McCulloch

 Frank Apostolopoulos

 Jason Fassbender

 Joey Scandizzo

 Jules Tognini

 Kobi Bokshish

 Shane Henning

 Uros Mikic


NEW ZEALAND HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR 2017

 Ann Marie Young - Jingles Hair Design, Hamilton New Zealand

 Danny Pato - D&M Hair Design, Auckland New Zealand

 Kylie Hayes - Moha Hairdressing, Dunedin New Zealand

 Natasha King - Fred and Gingers, Invercargill New Zealand


COLOUR TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR 2017

 Adrian Rotolo

 Chinney Yeap – Buoy Salon and Spa, Wellington New Zealand

 Christina Charalambous

 George Giavis

 Kristie Kesic

 Mathias Te Moananui – Buoy Salon and Spa, Wellington New Zealand

 Sanja Scher

 Steve Corthine


MEN’S HAIRDRESSER / BARBER OF THE YEAR 2017

 Asuka Aoki

 Joe Ribera

 Jules Tognini

 Kaleb Pritchard – Dharma, Auckland New Zealand

 Melissa McAuley

 Michael Johnson

 Uros Mikic


NEW CREATIVE FORCE 2017

 Brooke Hayward

 Cherie Falco

 Hermiz Daniel

 Hiroko Okada

 Kiri Roberts – Mane Salon, Wellington New Zealand

 Nicole Bosenburg

 Phoenix Ly

 Teagan Cousins

 Travis Bandiera

 Yuki Kano


APPRENTICE / STUDENT OF THE YEAR 2017

 Amy Motteram

 Jo Woon - Dharma, Auckland New Zealand

 Liana King – Moha Hairdressing, Dunedin New Zealand

 Mario Fioravanti

 Mary Millsteed

 Nathan Smith

 Nicolas Reyes

 Nikki Hazell

 Sharne Rizzo

 Tima Tagoai - Dharma, Auckland New Zealand


SALON TEAM OF THE YEAR 2017

 Buoy Salon and Spa, Wellington New Zealand

 D&M Hair Design, Auckland New Zealand

 Dharma, Auckland New Zealand

 Dharma Ellerslie, Auckland New Zealand

 é SALON, Wahroonga NSW

 Ella&Jade, Algester QLD

 IBIZA HAIR, Albert Park VIC

 Joey Scandizzo Salon, South Yarra VIC

 Noddys On King, Newtown NSW

 Revolution Hairdressing, Teneriffe QLD


SESSION STYLIST OF THE YEAR 2017

 Daren Borthwick

 Koh Sataporn Tanyawanichapong

 Sarah Laidlaw


BEST SALON DESIGN 2017

 Allure Hair Bar, Terrigal NSW

 Barbery, Marcus Beach QLD

 BIBA Eastland, VIC

 BIBA St Kilda, VIC

 Blonde, Henley Beach SA

 Elliott Steele, Eaglemont VIC

 Rixons 343 Newtown, VIC

 Salon Kiin, Penrith NSW

 Sweeney Todd’s, Brighton VIC

 Tao of Hair, Perth WA

 The New Black Industries, Newcastle NSW


CREATIVE STATE CATEGORIES

NSW-ACT Hairdresser of the Year 2017

 Adam Ciaccia

 Craig Rhodes

 Scott Sloan

 Travis Bandiera

 Zoe Wilde


SA-TAS Hairdresser of the Year 2017

 Cherie Falco

 Sam James


VICTORIAN Hairdresser of the Year 2017

 Alexandra Newman

 Hermiz Daniel

 Joe Habbaki

 Mariam Enegd

 Michael Piastrino

 Sanja Scher


WA-NT Hairdresser of the Year 2017

 Daniel Yap

 Hayley Keep

 Jo Banks

 Michael O’Dowd

 Pauline McCabe


QUEENSLAND Hairdresser of the Year 2017

 Brodie Lee Stubbins

 Laura Hudson

 Sandra Faiva

 William Webb


BUSINESS CATEGORIES

EDUCATION BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 2017

 DCI Education

 Sharon Blain Education

 TONI&GUY Education


EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR 2017

 Caterina Di Biase

 Dario Cotroneo

 Jules Tognini

 Katy Reeve

 Lauren McCowan

 Lyndal Salmon


INDUSTRY BUSINESS PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR 2017

 EcoHeads

 Excellent Edges


SALON BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 2017

 Elysium Hair Brisbane, QLD

 Luke Reynolds Hairdressing, New Farm QLD

 Pierrot’s Hair Studios, Kalamunda WA

 Prema, Darlinghurst NSW

 Rubi Hair, Windsor VIC