Joey Scandizzo and Danny Pato crowned Top Australian & New Zealand Hairdressers of the Year!

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More than 850 hair professionals attended the glitzy Hair Expo Awards Gala evening held at The Plenary in the Melbourne Convention Centre on Monday 11th June hosted by actor and singer Natalie Bassingthwaighte.

The pinnacle celebration of Hair Expo Australia’s three-day event, the coveted Hair Expo Awards have been elevating the hair industry for more than 30 years by recognising and celebrating excellence in creative vision, advanced technical skill, and business acumen.

Victorian hairdresser Joey Scandizzo was named 2018 Australian Hairdresser of the Year at the Hair Expo Awards. This is the second time that he has won the coveted award, after taking home the title in 2012.

A celebrity stylist who has tamed the manes of big names like Ruby Rose, Paris Hilton, The Veronicas and Carrie Bickmore at his eponymous salon in Melbourne’s South Yarra, Joey is also the co-creative director of haircare brand ELEVEN Australia.

“For me, this is a dream come true and I’ve been working on this for years and years… I’ve put the hard yards in; I’ve got a fantastic team. We’ve had a great night, the guys have won plenty of awards and everyone has worked hard for them. To take this baby home is awesome!” Said Joey.

Danny Pato of d&m Hair Design Ponsonby was once again awarded the title of New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year! Danny who has taken out the title for three consecutive years 2016, 2017 and now 2018, had this to say “It feels amazing. This collection is about a global woman… and about being proud.”

There were an impressive 111 finalists across 18 creative and business categories, chosen by a judging panel of 10 international and 10 local judges. The panel represents some of the most acclaimed hairdressing industry veterans from Australasia and across the globe.

Two additional awards were also presented by Hair Expo the Hall of Fame Award and the inaugural Editor’s Choice Award.

Vincent and Anton de Lorenzo were inducted into the Hair Expo Hall of Fame in 2018 in recognition of their inspiring contribution to the Australian hairdressing industry.

Hermiz Daniel from Joey Scandizzo Salon was selected as the Editor’s Choice Award winner, a new category in 2018.

Kim Howells, Fashion Director for Hunger magazine in the UK, chose Hermiz’s creative collection for its high quality and execution: “the casting, photography, poses, styling, and makeup complement his ideas perfectly. It feels like the team worked seamlessly, a true example of not only one person’s vision but a creatively successful collaboration. It feels very modern, brave, and very editorial.”

Hermiz was also named Hair Expo Victorian Hairdresser of the Year for the second time, after winning the title for the first time in 2017.

Hair Expo appointed business coach Julie Piantadosi as Head Judge and Awards Ambassador to guide entrants through the awards entry process and assist the panel with judging in2018.

“Well, it’s finally here! Hair Expo 2018 Awards night and what a buzz it is! So much passion and talent; you can feel the excitement all-round!

The last few months have been super busy working with our amazing judges and it’s so great to be here tonight to finally watch it all unfold. Very special congratulations to all the winners and huge congratulations to our 2018 Australian Hairdresser of the Year, Joey Scandizzo.” said Julie.

2018 HAIR EXPO AWARDS WINNERS

AUSTRALIAN HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR
Joey Scandizzo – Joey Scandizzo Salon, South Yarra VIC

Joey Scandizzo
Joey Scandizzo

NEW ZEALAND HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR
Danny Pato – D&M Hair Design, Auckland, NZ

Danny Pato
Danny Pato

HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
Vincent and Anton de Lorenzo

Anton de Lorenzo
Anton de Lorenzo

COLOUR TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR
Stevie Corthine – Stevie English Hair, Glebe NSW

Stevie Corthine
Stevie Corthine

MEN’S HAIRDRESSER / BARBER OF THE YEAR
Uros Mikic – Kinky Curly Straight, Adelaide SA

Uros Mikic
Uros Mikic

NEW CREATIVE FORCE
Joe Habbaki – TONI&GUY Armadale, VIC

Joe Habbaki
Joe Habbaki

APPRENTICE / STUDENT OF THE YEAR
Nicholas Tragos – Colour Cosmetica, Adelaide SA

Nicholas Tragos
Nicholas Tragos

SALON TEAM OF THE YEAR
UVA Salon – Prahran, VIC

UVA Salon
UVA Salon

SESSION STYLIST OF THE YEAR
Sarah Laidlaw – Union Management

EDITOR’S CHOICE
Hermiz Daniel – Joey Scandizzo Salon, South Yarra VIC

Hermiz Daniel
Hermiz Daniel

BEST SALON DESIGN
Rixon Hair – Brisbane, QLD

EDUCATION BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Sharon Blain

Sharon Blain
Sharon Blain

EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR
Jules Tognini – Lil’ Off The Top

Jules Tognini
Jules Tognini

INDUSTRY BUSINESS PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Excellent Edges

SALON BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Circles of Subiaco – Perth, WA

STATE CATEGORIES
NSW-ACT Hairdresser of the Year
Nathan Cherrington – TONI&GUY Concord, NS

Nathan Cherrington
Nathan Cherrrington

SA-TAS Hairdresser of the Year
Sam James – Orbe North Adelaide, SA

Sam James
Sam James

VIC Hairdresser of the Year
Hermiz Daniel – Joey Scandizzo Salon, South Yarra VIC

WA-NT Hairdresser of the Year
Pauline McCabe – Rock Paper Scissors Hair Studio, Freemantle WA

Pauline McCabe
Pauline McCabe

QLD Hairdresser of the Year
Brodie Lee Stubbins – ROKSTAR, West End QLD

Brodie Lee Stubins
Brodie Lee Stubins

2018 Hair Expo Finalists Announced!