Australia’s leading creatives celebrated the best of the best, together for the first time in two years at The Star, in Sydney for the long-awaited AHIA gala awards evening on June 14th. Australian Hairdresser of the year going to Dee Parker Attwood from Wieselmann Salon and New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year Danny Pato from D&M Hair Design in Ponsonby.
Launched in 2012 by Mocha Publishing, the Australian Hair Industry Awards (AHIA’s) are celebrating their 10th year as the most recognised national award platform providing a benchmark of excellence across Educational and Business categories and this event marks the inaugural year that the Creative categories have been given their own awards program.
MC’d by Media Personality Adam Williams the evening saw 700 talented hairdressers and their salon teams watching on as 17 awards were announced. The gala festivities opened with ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’- an incredible choreographed circus extravaganza featuring Ring Master Adam with his cast of 20 dancers, aerialists and models, alongside a hair show directed by the creative and artistic teams of Revlon Professional and ghd with extensions provided by Amazing Hair.
In a fitting nod to the legacy of the now cancelled Hair Expo, former multi-accoladed winners were also given the chance to present some of the awards for what is now the definitive June long weekend industry event.
Owner/Publisher Linda Woodhead could not have been happier to see everyone in the same room again;
“The Creative AHIA’s are our exciting new awards platform which highlight the quality of the industry’s editorial and trend focused skills and have allowed our entrants to show their clients and communities just how talented they are. The calibre of this year’s collections exceeded our high expectations and all of our finalists and winners should be incredibly proud of their work.”
AHIA again partnered with some of the biggest names and brands in the industry to bring this evening together and have been thankful for the support of brand partners Revlon Professional, ghd, Excellent Edges and Amazing Hair. There was also the addition on the night of a live show with American Crew, with the Finalists and Winner of 2021 #allstarchallenge being named.
The awards also marked a record with 100 esteemed international and local judges enlisted to hone in on the impressive entries with business, media and industry expert including Sam McKnight UK, Guy Tang USA, Sally Brooks UK, Angelo Seminara UK, Errol Douglas UK, Jenny Strebe USA, Julie Bellinger-Gibb UK, Faye Murray, Charles Marcus, Kym Krey, Cameron Pine, Brad Ngata, Jayne Wild, Tracey Hughes and Sharon Blain as well as representatives from local publications including HAIRBIZ, Instyle, Images, Woman’s Day, New Idea and international publications including Hairdressers Journal International, Estetica, Independent Beauty Professional Magazine, Intercoiffure SA, Salon Magazine and Coiffure.
“The creativity and passion I’ve seen in this year’s inaugural AHIA Creative entries has been outstanding. What a defining year it has been. The ingenuity and resourcefulness of the entries is a testament to how strong, globally, we are as an industry.” Sam McKnight
As always, the next generation were waiting for the announcement of one of the most exciting moments of the night – The Hot Shots Team for 2021. The Hot Shots program is renowned for providing the industry’s brightest up and coming talent an incredible platform to learn from industry icons and take their hairdressing experience to exciting new heights.
“It was so refreshing and restored faith in our industry to read many of the ‘Hot Shot’ entries. Their passion and dedication to the craft was inspiring. I will be watching their careers from here to see what they do with the amazing opportunities this competition offers.” Dee Parker Attwood
2021 AHIA CREATIVE WINNERS :
AUSTRALIAN HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR:
Deanna Parker Attwood, Wieselmann Salon
NEW ZEALAND HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR:
Danny Pato, D&M Hair Design
INTERNATIONAL HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR:
Sally Brooks, Brooks & Brooks
COLOUR EXPERT OF THE YEAR:
Stevie Corthine, Stevie English Hair
NSW/ACT HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR:
Paula Hibbard, Paula Hibbard
QLD HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR:
Amy Gaudie, Urban Chic
SA/TAS HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR:
Mario Fioravanti, SJ Establishment
VIC HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR:
Cristina Tatasciore, Flipped Hair
WA/NT HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR:
Jude McEwen, Toni and Guy Perth Central
APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR:
Paige Cameron, Cobelle Creative
INDEPENDENT STYLIST OF THE YEAR:
Charlene Fernandez, Charlene Fernandez Hair
MASTER CUTTER OF THE YEAR:
Elle Schoemaker, Cobelle Creative
NEW CREATIVE TALENT OF THE YEAR:
James Morris, Biba Gertrude St
AVANT GARDE HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR:
Paul James Graham, Paul & Paul Salon
MEN’S HAIR SPECIALIST OF THE YEAR:
Anthony Staltari, Barbery Australia
BEST COLLAB OF THE YEAR:
Stephanie & Coco
CREATIVE TEAM OF THE YEAR:
HOT SHOTS TEAM:
Eliza Andrews, Royals Hair
Evie Golding, Rokstar Salon
Leanne Kay, Stevie English Hair
Scott James Sheehy, Toni&Guy Newtown