Hair Expo Australia releases full event program as it gears up for a show-stopping 2018 edition in Melbourne

Media release

Thursday 1 March 2018

“Enter your wonderland” is the message that Hair Expo Australia is sending to hair professionals across Australia and New Zealand, with the full event program and tickets for the 2018 edition in Melbourne now available.

“The Hair Expo team is thrilled to return to Melbourne in 2018 with an amazing program bursting with international talent and local heroes”, said Cory Watson, Hair Expo Event Director. “With names like Angelo Seminara, Tabatha Coffey, and Candy Shaw on the bill, along with some exciting brands on board, we feel that hairdressers will be just as excited as we are for the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. I will be working hard with the team over the coming months to ensure we deliver another fabulous event this year”.

International headliners to showcase incomparable creative skills and business expertise

Hair Expo’s curated 2018 education program is headed by three international hairdressing superstars, each with a unique specialty, who will be sharing their invaluable knowledge with Australian and New Zealand hairdressers.

Celebrated as a creative visionary and an inspiration to stylists around the globe, British Hairdresser of the Year 2016 Angelo Seminara will be heading to Melbourne to share his sources of inspiration and present his cutting, dressing and colouring techniques at Hair Expo in a creative seminar, as well as a more intimate workshop where hairdressers can get hands-on with the legend himself.

Candy Shaw, recognised as North America’s ‘The Balay Lama®’ for her industry-leading balayage skills, will be venturing to Australia for the first time. At Hair Expo, she will share her tips and tricks on balayage colouring – a trend that continues to prove popular among consumers who are increasingly requesting balayage services in the salon.

Hair Expo favourite Tabatha Coffey will return in 2018 with all-new workshops to assist hairdressers achieve their professional goals. As well as group sessions (limited to 14 people), Tabatha will also host one-on-one business coaching in a Hair Expo first. These once-in-a-lifetime workshops will assist hair professionals to clarify their business and career objectives and, with Tabatha’s support, navigate the obstacles that are hindering success.

Discovery at Hair Expo: the latest innovations in hair from leading brands

In addition to a stellar education line-up, hairdressers will also be able to see and shop the newest product offerings from leading professional brands at Hair Expo Australia. A selection of the brands on board for 2018 include MATRIX, Haircare Australia (with Olaplex, evo, Cloud Nine, Moroccanoil, Reuzel, BaByliss PRO, and more), Professional Use (Mizutani, Balmain Hair Couture, Y.S. Park Professional, Janeke), Rogue Beauty (Oribe, R+Co, Pulp Riot, V76 by Vaughn), Original & Mineral, De Lorenzo, Excellent Edges, Biolage R.A.W., Wahl, Parlux Professional, Glampalm, Barberbrands International, Comfortel Furniture, Andis, Amazing Hair, Sunlights Balayage, Trichovedic, and many more.

New tickets offer a festival experience like never before

Known as the ‘Festival of Hair’, Hair Expo is introducing ticketing options for 2018 that will take the festival feeling to a new level. Designed to ensure that visitors can make the most of the event, the new Festival Pass includes access to all of Hair Expo’s world-class creative and business education (excluding workshops), the popular GenNext Gala Evening, as well as a three-day expo pass. If visitors have a specific skills area they wish to hone in on, flexible education passes catering to creative education, business education, barbering education, and look ‘n’ learn education are also available, giving visitors the flexibility to attend multiple sessions over the course of the weekend. The event will also be offering a special discounted education pass for apprentices, which are strictly available on request via Hair Expo.

The pinnacle celebration: crowning the industry’s finest

The prestigious Hair Expo Awards Gala will close off the Hair Expo Australia weekend, when the industry’s foremost talent come together to see the winners crowned at a lavish awards ceremony. Entries for the Hair Expo Awards close at 5:00pm on Wednesday 4 April 2018 and can be submitted via the Hair Expo website.

An event that is unparalleled in Australasia, Hair Expo unites the hair industry for three days of discovery, inspiration and celebration; with new brands and products, leading educators, and thrilling gala nights all essential parts of the Hair Expo experience.    

Hair Expo Australia takes place over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, 9-11 June 2018 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Registration and early bird tickets are now available at