The most outstanding hairdressers in Australasia were recognised recently when the finalists were announced for the 2015 Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards.
In front of a 300 strong industry gathering in Sydney, the nomination announcements culminated with the final four hairdressers for both New Zealand and Australia.
Dharma in Mount Eden was represented by two finalists with husband and wife duo Jock Robson and Sara Allsop both getting nods. They will be joined in the final with Michale Beel from Buoy Hairdressing in Wellington and Danny Pato from D&M Hair Design in Ponsonby.
The Australian finalists were spread across three states. Frank Apostolopoulos from Biba in Fitzroy and Joey Scandizzo from his salon in South Yarra will be representing Victoria. E’ Salon’s Emiliano Vitale from Wahroonga in New South Wales and Dimitri Papas from Papas and Pace in Brisbane round out the finalists.
The awards are this year celebrating a landmark 30 years and are now considered the longest running and most respected hair accolades within the Southern Hemisphere.
As the highest level of industry excellence within the region, the awards honour both creative and business talent, attracting the cream of Australian and New Zealand hairdressing.
Judging for the awards is based on both the entrant’s photographic collection and an in-depth submission that outlines factors such as their integrity, peer recognition, entrepreneurial success, education and contribution to the advancement of the industry.
A panel of more than 20 independent judges, both local and international, selected the finalists across all of the categories.
Finalists in other categories include two-time and reigning Men’s Hairdresser/Barber of the Year, Jules Tognini, in the men’s category, Dario Cotroneo, Lyndal Salmon and Caterina DiBiase for Educator of the Year; and Stevie Corthine and Vincent Noble for Colour Technician of the Year.
Other awards in contention include Apprentice/Student of the Year, New Creative Force, Emerging Hairdresser of the Year and Session Stylist of the Year as well as Best Salon Design, Education Business of the Year, Industry Business Performance of the Year and Salon Business of the Year.
Winners in the 2015 Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards will be announced at a gala extravaganza on Monday 8 June, 2015 at Sydney’s The Star as part of the annual Hair Expo exhibition.
For more information on nominees this year visit the Hair Expo website here.