HAIR EXPO AWARDS
The Hair Expo Awards have been elevating outstanding talent in the Australian and New Zealand hairdressing industry for 34 years.
This is your opportunity to showcase your craftsmanship, passion, dedication and vision, both within the industry and to your clients. The Hair Expo Awards represent the Complete Picture of what exceptional hairdressing is - celebrating and recognising outstanding creativity and business acumen.
The awards also provide you the opportunity to become an ambassador, role model and mentor both within your team and to your industry, at home and around the world. This is a prestigious and thrilling platform to show who you are, what you are capable of, and to take your career in a dynamic and rewarding direction. The Hair Expo Awards can change your career forever…
Australian Hairdresser of the Year
New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year
Creative Force of the Year
Colour Technician of the Year
Men's Hairdresser / Barber of the Year
Master Cutter of the Year (new in 2019!)
NSW /ACT Hairdresser of the Year
Queensland Hairdresser of the Year
SA/TAS Hairdresser of the Year
Victorian Hairdresser of the Year
WA/NT Hairdresser of the Year
Session Stylist of the Year
Salon Team of the Year
Apprentice/Student of the Year
Best Salon Design
Education Business of the Year
Educator of the Year
Industry Business Performance of the Year
Salon Business of the Year
Please read the relevant information and judging criteria for the category you are entering, to ensure you qualify and meet the criteria judges are looking for when marking each entry. This is extremely important to maximise your entry.
All categories have a description that specifically relates to the criteria relevant to entering that category. Please ensure you read these descriptions as well as the general rules and regulations document which will give you a further understanding of the overall Awards entry requirements. It is imperative you read all these documents before entering.
There is a dedicated website for registering yourself as an entrant and for uploading the relevant entry requirements to complete your entry. You will find this here.
If you are entering Apprentice/Student of the Year, there is no cost to enter. All other categories have an administrative cost to register your entry of $50 per entry.
The entry deadline is final (first-round entries are due 20 March 2019) and extreme circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis. This is at the discretion of the Head Judge.
Please keep in mind that all creative collections must be portrait in format. The exception to this is the Best Salon Design category where photos must either be all landscape or all portrait.
All creative categories (with the exception of Session Stylist and Best Salon Design), must include the following with their photographic collection: Unedited/Raw Images for each of the images in your collection that are the same as your “final” images. These must come directly from your photographer, but with no photo retouching, editing, or manipulations. Unedited images are used for judging purposes only and will not be released to the public. They provide context for the judges if they feel there has been over-manipulation of the photograph, and specifically the hair, during post-production. Judges accept some use of Photoshop and all other similar programs on the model’s skin or wardrobe and the background, or the odd flyaway hair – however it is not to be used to alter the hair in any way; including creating volume, filling in texture and changing the length or the style. For Colour Technician of the Year entries, NO colour manipulation is permitted. You will be asked to upload your raw/unedited images alongside your final images in the online entry portal and these do not need to be printed or posted. Your entry can be disqualified if the raw/unedited photos have not been uploaded, or if they have been manipulated in ANY way. If the file is too large, you can upload an unaltered screenshot - you may be asked for the original file.
Yes you can - please check your specific category rules for the conditions you must meet in order to qualify.
Please note: The above does not apply to the categories of Australian Hairdresser of the Year and New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year who have to shoot exclusively with a stand alone collection for the Hair Expo Awards.
Photographic Collection (Creative Categories): Each judge will be given specific criteria for each Creative Category in order to decide how to mark each entry. Please go to your chosen category to see the exact criteria judges will be following to ensure your collection is aimed at meeting these criteria.
Written Submission (Business Categories and Creative Finalists): Each judge has their own style, but there are some general suggestions: It is imperative to have both a strong photographic collection and a strong written submission for creative categories – be sure to read the written submission questions when deciding to enter, so you know you are entering the correct category and can submit a balanced entry, should you become a finalist.
This is why we are so proud of the Hair Expo Awards – they put the spotlight on the complete picture of our talented entrants. Articulate your passion for what you do and demonstrate your genuine interest in the hair industry. Let who you are shine through. Make it easy to read, and stay on point – keep in mind the judges have many entries to look at and dot points and limited repetition are something judges appreciate. Where requested, show evidence of the activity you are writing about e.g. photos and press coverage.
No. You may only enter each category once per year, with one entry per person/team/business per category. Please note, you can enter as many categories as you like (dependent on qualifications), however you may only enter ONE of the following: Australian Hairdresser of the Year OR New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year OR a State Title.
Finalists will be announced from 24 April 2019! Stay tuned for a brand-new finalist announcement format. All winners will be announced at the Hair Awards Gala on Monday 10 June 2019, the final night of Hair Expo Australia at the ICC Sydney. Each finalist or team will receive one complimentary ticket to the Hair Expo Awards Gala.
Up to 10* finalists will be selected within each of the Creative and Business Categories - please note the number of finalists is based on the number of entrants in that category and is at the discretion of the Head Judge.
Please contact Head Judge and Awards Ambassador Julie Piantadosi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0431 577 969