2020 Hair Expo Awards: Enter and Elevate your career!

2020 Hair Expo Awards: Hair Expo Australia is once again poised to celebrate the greatest hairdressing talent in Australia and New Zealand, with entries now open for the 2020 Hair Expo Awards, the hairdressing industry’s most coveted accolade.

Now in its 36th year, the longest-standing hair industry awards in Australia reward outstanding creativity and business proficiency – the complete picture of what exceptional hairdressing is.

The Hair Expo Awards remain the pinnacle celebration of our industry’s finest professionals, and I couldn’t be more proud to return as the Head Judge and Ambassador for 2020,” said Hair Expo Awards Head Judge and Ambassador, Julie Piantadosi.  

Year after year we see the importance of the Hair Expo Awards within our industry and how they elevate the careers of our finalists and winners, helping them reach their full potential and being celebrated throughout the world as leaders in our profession. We encourage all hair professionals looking to challenge themselves and boost their careers to enter the awards this year, and I can’t wait to see what incredible talent and skill is presented to myself and our new judging panel this year,” Julie concluded. 

The Australian Hairdresser of the Year category is the most revered and illustrious category of the Hair Expo Awards, representing the utmost talent and dedication to Australian hairdressing. 

2019 Hair Expo Australian Hairdresser of the Year, Dee Parker Attwood of Wieselmann Salon in Melbourne, notes that winning a Hair Expo Award can propel your career and open to door to incredible opportunities. 

Winning a Hair Expo Award is incredibly rewarding, exhilarating and humbling. It gives you recognition for all your hard work and the Awards are a great platform to propel yourself in the industry and get your name out there, and from a business perspective, the clients and staff really love it and the recognition creates a real buzz in the salon,” Dee says.

Dee’s advice to entrants of the 2020 Hair Expo Awards is “Preparation, planning and practice!” 

There is no other way,” Dee says. “Don’t be afraid to ask for help or get yourself a mentor. They don’t tell you what hair or concept to do. I guess they help with filtering your ideas. What I originally started with, to what I ended up with, were two different things. It’s all part of the process.

So what’s new in 2020?

There are many exciting changes being introduced to the Hair Expo Awards for its 2020 edition, reflecting the evolving hair industry and Hair Expo’s continued commitment to supporting its growth and incredible talent.

Due to popular demand, the Hair Expo Awards’ 2020 judging panel will consist exclusively of 21 international judges. To continue the world-class recognition of the Hair Expo Awards and its entrants, these esteemed judges will come from all corners of the globe. 

To keep the valuable local understanding in the mix, an industry expert from Australia will support Julie Piantadosi, Head Judge, by thoroughly checking each and every entry before they go to the judging panel. Stay tuned for the list of judges! 

Hair Expo have also introduced a new video requirement for the Australian Hairdresser of the Year, New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year and Colour Technician of the Year categories. Entrants will now be required to supply a 5-10 second video of each of their completed models. 

Two category updates have been announced, with the men’s category being refreshed to Men’s Cutter & Stylist of the Year, ensuring a range of skills in barbering and men’s hairdressing is celebrated.

Session Stylist of the Year has been adapted to the new Master Stylist of the Year category and entry has become simpler with a requirement of only 3 collection photos and no written submission. It is also now open to all hairdressers with a love of styling, in addition to Session Stylists.

Lastly, in order to reduce added costs and resources, entrants no longer need to print or post photographic collections, as all entries will be uploaded online. 

• Apprentice Student of the Year
• Australian Hairdresser of the Year
• Best Salon Design
• Colour Technician of the Year
• Creative Force of the Year
• Master Cutter of the Year
• Master Stylist of the Year
• Men’s Cutter and Stylist of the Year
• New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year
• Salon Team of the Year
• NSW-ACT Hairdresser of the Year
• QLD Hairdresser of the Year
• SA-TAS Hairdresser of the Year
• VIC Hairdresser of the Year
• WA-NT Hairdresser of the Year

• Education Business of the Year
• Educator of the Year
• Industry Business Performance of the Year
• Salon Business of the Year

• Hall of Fame (by peer suggestion, final decision made by Hair Expo and the     Head Judge)
• Editor’s Choice

Hair Expo Australia will take place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre over 6-8 June 2020, with the coveted Hair Expo Awards being held on the evening of 8 June 2020.  

Entries for the Hair Expo Awards close at 5:00pm AEDT on Wednesday 1 April 2020 with finalists announced on 17 April. Entries can be submitted online at www.hairexpo.awardsplatform.com

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