2024 AHIA CREATIVE AWARDS

AHIA 2024 Awards

The 2024 Australian Hair Industry Awards, Creative Gala Evening took place at The Star, Sydney on Monday 1st July. Adelaide’s Sam James, of SJ Establishment, was the recipient of the biggest award of the night- AHIA Australian Hairdresser of the Year. Andrew Cobeldick, Buoy Salon and Spa was awarded AHIA New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year. Mark Leeson was the AHIA International Hairdresser of the Year and Jamie Carroll honoured with the Dennis Langford Hall Of Fame Award.

Held on the final night of HAIR FESTIVAL, the evening was MC’d by Will Fennell. Three incredible shows were choreographed by the incredible Adam Williams with plenty of hair, fashion and pure entertainment moments than ever before! The 2024 Creative Couture opening performance by 2023 AHIA Australian Hairdresser of the Year Justin Pace and 2023 AHIA New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year, Danny Pato, assisted by the 2023 Hot Shots team turned the Avant-Garde theatrical thermos to full blast. 

Iconic salon group Oscar Oscar celebrated their milestone 35th anniversary, with Jacky Chan creating stunning looks with partner REDKEN, before international darling Natalie Anne re calibrated the catwalk in a showcase filled with it-girl cool to close out the night. Guests then headed to the on-site after party hosted by Rogue Beauty until the small hours of the morning.

Launched in 2012 by respected industry pioneers Mocha Group, the AHIA’s are celebrating their 12th year as the national award platform which provides a benchmark of excellence across both specialist and individual Educational and Business categories and the third year that the Creative categories have been given their own awards program. 

The AHIA Creative Awards program highlighted the creation and execution of trends focused on photographic collection work representative of the exciting talent across the hair and barber industries. Entries this year were judged by international hair icons including Sally Brooks, Sam McKnight, Cos Sakkas, Hooker and Young, Candy Shaw and Vivienne MacKinder, not to mention influential figures from International Media including Charlotte Grant West from HJI, UK, Nicky Pope from Tribu.te Magazine, UK, and Veronica Boodhan from Salon Magazine, Canada.

The evening also saw the announcement of the 2024 HOT SHOTS team judged by local legends including Justin Pace, Jayne Wild, Scott Sloan, Benni Tognini and Mary Alamine. This unique initiative puts a spotlight on the industry’s most exciting next-gen talent and provides the chance for those 31 and under to take their career to a whole new level. 

The very first Medal of Honour recipients were also acknowledged, recognising their achievement of winning award categories three years in a row, with Stevie English for AHIA Master Colourist of the Year and Danny Pato for AHIA New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year.

Mocha Group Owner and Founder Linda Woodhead acknowledged that the future of the industry is in excellent hands; “With the sheer number of entries this year, every winner should be so proud of their achievement. The quality collections and exciting creativity that our industry has put forward is truly world-class and testament to the strength and sustainability of the industry. Congratulations to all of our deserving winners.” 

Special thanks goes to Major Sponsors Redken, Amazing Hair, Excellent Edges and Natalie Anne Haircare and Supporters Jadore Hair Supplies, Gamma+, Danger Jones, Matrix, Hair Festival, Dateline Imports, Heiniger, O&M, Expo4Barbers, Schwarzkopf, Rogue Beauty, Joico and EVY Professional. 

 

2024 AHIA CREATIVE WINNERS:

APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR

Hunter Kostrubiec, Tsiknaris Hair

 EMERGING STYLIST OF THE YEAR

Ella Stewart, Stevie English Hair

 NEW CREATIVE TALENT OF THE YEAR

Paige Cameron, Cobelle Creative

MEN’S HAIR SPECIALIST OF THE YEAR

Luke Munn, Havachat Barbershop

AVANT GARDE HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR

Danny Pato, D&M Hair Design

COLLECTIVE TEAM OF THE YEAR

Breakthrough Team  (Laura Szakaly, Tia Wright-Pihama, Liam Johnson, Delphine Kanuma)

MASTER CUTTER OF THE YEAR

Shae Tsiknaris, Tsiknaris Hair

MASTER COLOURIST OF THE YEAR

Amber Bullock, Bond Hair Religion

AI COLLECTION OF THE YEAR

Johnny Georgiou

SALON TEAM OF THE YEAR

Bond Hair Religion

HOT SHOTS TEAM

Adam Harant, Wild Life SoGo

Domi Cherie, Tsiknaris Hair

Ella Stewart, Stevie English Hair

Victoria Shayler, Sir Fletcher

MEDAL OF HONOUR

Stevie English

Danny Pato

NSW/ACT HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR

Jenni Tarrant, Bond Hair Religion

VIC HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR

Benjamin Martin, Salon XVI

QLD HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR

Krystle Tokunai, Tokunai Hair

WA/NT HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR

Jude McEwen, Toni&Guy Perth

SA/TAS HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR

Lisa Robertson, Parlour Glenelg

NORTH ISLAND HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR

Ella Thompson, Dharma

BTS DREAM TEAM OF THE YEAR

For Jenni Tarrant, Bond Hair Religion NSW/ACT Collection

COLOURIST – Amber Bullock

PHOTOGRAPHER – Andrew O’Toole

MAKE UP ARTIST – Kylie O’Toole

STYLIST – Catherine V

DENNIS LANGFORD HALL OF FAME AWARD

Jamie Carrol

INTERNATIONAL HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR

Mark Leeson, Mark Leeson

NEW ZEALAND HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR

Andrew Cobeldick, Buoy Salon and Spa 

AUSTRALIAN HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR

Sam James, SJ Establishment

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