Hair Expo Awards Night will give rising stars exposure!

Hair Expo Awards night to give rising stars exposure at the industry’s Night of Nights! Hair Expo Australia has made an exciting change to its coveted Hair Expo Awards and GenNext events, announcing a new format welcomed by the industry, who believe it will bring new life, creativity and inclusivity to the illustrious platform and the hairdressing industry at large.

GenNext and the Hair Expo Awards, which traditionally take place on the Sunday and Monday evenings of the Hair Expo long weekend, respectively, will now merge together to create one colossal celebration of hairdressing that motivates and supports the future of the industry.

Set to take place on the Monday evening of Hair Expo, the bigger and better event will now be known as Hair Expo Awards ft. GenNext, and will sustain the traditional Hair Expo Awards format with added entertainment and main acts. 

The previous years’ Australian and New Zealand Hairdressers of the Year will share show stopping performances, and three theatrical GenNext shows will be brought to you by rising stars in the industry.

The new format is derived from the goal of elevating the industry’s future leaders and the next generation of hair heroes by giving them exposure to the industry’s night of nights, as they experience the magic of the Hair Expo Awards and have their chance to step in to the spotlight.

“This well received new format will create inclusivity and accessibility for apprentices and the up and comers in our industry, as they will now have the chance to feel the exhilarating atmosphere as the Hair Expo Awards unfold. To be in the same room as some of the most iconic names in hairdressing will give them a glimpse into the incredible opportunities a career in hairdressing can provide. We are honoured and proud to share this new chapter of our fabulous awards,” said Elli Julia, Awards Producer at Hair Expo Australia.

A lower cost ticketing option will be available for these rising stars, which will feature tiered seating for a very special Early Bird price of $75. Traditional banquet tickets will still be available for finalists, teams and esteemed guests.

The three GenNext teams will also benefit from the new awards platform, as they are set to perform in front of an audience of global hair luminaries. This is a money-can’t-buy opportunity to demonstrate their dexterity and creativity to top industry players and has the potential to lead to future mentorship or employment opportunities.

Hair Expo Australia has also confirmed the judging panel for the 2020 Hair Expo Awards, consisting of 21 international judges. This is the first year the event has welcomed a purely international judging panel. 


Trevor Sorbie
Mark Leeson
Angelo Seminara
Nick Irwin
Tabatha Coffey
Sergi Bancells
Errol Douglas
Anthony Crossfield
Jayne Lewis Orr
Michelle Pargee
Jorge Cancer
Edward Woody
Peter Gray
Darren Ambrose
Andreas Stavrou
Guy Tang
Michael Levine
Charles Marcus
Edwin Johnson
George Alderete
Shannon King

Hair Expo Australia will take place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre over 6-8 June 2020, with the Hair Expo Awards ft. GenNext 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

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