2019 Hair Expo Awards Winners announced in Sydney!

2019 Hair Expo Awards

Victorian hairdresser Dee Parker Attwood has been named the 2019 Australian Hairdresser of the Year at the Hair Expo Awards in Sydney’s Darling Harbour Monday 10th June.

This is an incredible achievement for the hairdresser from Wieselmann Salon in South Yarra, who was a finalist for the accolade in 2018 and was awarded the Hair Expo Awards Victorian Hairdresser of the Year in 2016.

“I am so excited and honoured [to be awarded Hair Expo Awards Australian Hairdresser of the Year]. This is honestly one of the best nights of my life and I am so happy to have this result because I created a collection that was really hard work and not necessarily conventional. I’m really happy that this is the collection that got me to this incredible position. I’m so proud thankful to be here.” Dee said.

The 2019 Hair Expo New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year went to Danny Pato of D&M Hair Design in Auckland, who has now taken out the title for the fourth consecutive year – 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019.

“Winning Hair Expo New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year even after four times still feels amazing. It keeps pushing me further and further and I keep aiming to come back stronger, and more unique. I love pushing myself and I love the challenge. Winning tonight still feels like the first time,” Danny said.

The pinnacle celebration of Hair Expo Australia, the coveted Hair Expo Awards, has been elevating the professional hair industry for 34 years by recognising and celebrating excellence in creative vision, advanced technical skill, and business acumen – the complete picture of what exceptional hairdressing is.

Over 850 dedicated hair professionals gathered to witness the 21 winners announced at the lavish Hair Expo Awards ceremony at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Sydney’s breathtaking Darling Harbour.

115 finalists across 19 creative and business categories were chosen for the 2019 edition, selected by an impressive judging panel of 11 international and 10 local judges, with business categories judged by an additional five judges of business esteem. The panel represents some of the most acclaimed hairdressing industry veterans from Australia and across the globe.

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

Sharon Blain was inducted the Hair Expo Hall of Fame award for 2019 in recognition of her inspiring contribution to the Australian hairdressing industry. Sharon was also awarded the ultimate accolade in 1995.

Sam James from SJ Establishment was selected as the 2019 Editor’s Choice Award winner. Laura Husband, Editor for Hairdressers Journal International, chose Sam’s collection for its high quality, beauty and execution.

“This entire collection is young and fun and has a natural movement and rawness that is able to show off real and beautiful hair to its very best. The images have a cool fashion shoot feel to them, which will appeal to clients who are looking to be inspired – in fact, I could imagine all of these images on a huge billboard for a fashion or hair brand campaign. Plus, all of the images tap into the growing trend for adding accessories to hairstyles, which is perfect for the festival season and encouraging clients to step outside of their comfort zone!” Laura said.

Sam was also named as the Hair Expo South Australian / Tasmanian Hairdresser of the Year for 2019 this evening.

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.

“What an epic Hair Expo Awards 2019 has been! The calibre of talent really has exceeded all my expectations. To each and every one of the finalists, hold your head up high because you are among the best of the best in our country.

I would personally like to thank my hand picked superstar judges for their seamless efforts. And to all the winners – congratulations for making your mark and you deserve to feel really proud of your amazing achievement. I’d like to give a huge congratulations to Dee Parker Attwood for winning the prestigious Hair Expo Australian hairdresser of the Year award. Congratulations everyone. Let’s celebrate!” Julie said.

Cory Watson, Event Director for Hair Expo Australia, commented: “Dee has been selected by the Hair Expo Awards judging panel for her outstanding professional talent, technical skill and incredible creative ability.

The calibre of entries this year was incredible, and it’s amazing to see the level of talent within the Australian hairdressing industry. We wish to congratulate all our winners and finalists tonight – we’ve loved seeing your talent and creativity come to life through your work.

The Hair Expo Awards are the longest-standing and most prestigious awards in Australian hairdressing, so to be named a finalist or winner is a true achievement. The industry coming together for the Hair Expo Awards tonight has been a highlight of Hair Expo Australia this year, and we’re thrilled to celebrate together in Sydney.”

2019 HAIR EXPO AWARDS WINNERS:

AUSTRALIAN HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR:
Dee Parker Attwood – Wieselmann Salon
NEW ZEALAND HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR:
Danny Pato – D&M Hair Design
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE:
Sharon Blain
COLOUR TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR:
Justin Pace – Papas and Pace
MEN’S HAIRDRESSER / BARBER OF THE YEAR:
Tom White – Rubi Hair
CREATIVE FORCE OF THE YEAR:
Elle Schoemaker – Stelios Papas Toowong
APPRENTICE / STUDENT OF THE YEAR:
Bridie Meehan – Joey Scandizzo Salon
SALON TEAM OF THE YEAR:
Papas and Pace
SESSION STYLIST OF THE YEAR:
Richard Kavanagh – DLM
EDITOR’S CHOICE:
Sam James – SJ Establishment
BEST SALON DESIGN:
Kinky Curly Straight
EDUCATION BUSINESS OF THE YEAR:
Barbery:the Craft of a Barber
EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR:
Jules Tognini
INDUSTRY BUSINESS PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR:
ECOHEADS
SALON BUSINESS OF THE YEAR:
Circles of Hair

STATE CATEGORIES
NSW-ACT HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR Nathan Cherrington – Salon Zephyr SA-TAS HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR Sam James – SJ Establishment
VIC HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR
Lyndal Salmon – BIBA
WA-NT HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR
Hayley Keep – Earth Wind Fire Hair
QLD HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR
Elle Schoemaker – Stelios Papas Toowong

2019 Hair Expo Awards judging panel:

International judges
Trevor Sorbie Tabatha Coffey Sally Brooks Jamie Brooks Peter Gray Nick Irwin
Mark Leeson Andreas Stavrou Guy Tang Michael Levine George Alderete

Local judges
Emiliano Vitale Sandy Chong Caterina Di Biase Stelios Papas Justin Pace Brad Ngata
Jules Tognini Danny Pato Bronwyn Illingworth Cameron Pine – (INSTYLE magazine)

Business judges
Enza Ferraro – ANZ Executive, Business Banking
Anthony Richardson – Qantas Host, Customer Service Experience
Faye Murray – Business Coach
Charles Marcus – International Trainer, Speaker, Author
Ruth Browne – Head of Department, Box Hill Hair and Beauty Institute