Do you have the Golden Touch? Hair Expo opens 2019 Awards for entries and introduces exciting new category and social media competition

Hairdressers around Australia and New Zealand are being asked if they have the ‘Golden Touch’ as Hair Expo Australia announces that entries for its prestigious Hair Expo Awards are now open for 2019. Hair Expo is also thrilled to launch a new creative category – the Master Cutter of the Year Award.

“The Hair Expo Awards continue to recognise those who push the boundaries in hairdressing and the remarkable talent that we have in Australia and New Zealand”, says Elli Julia, Hair Expo Awards Manager. “The calibre of entries grows from strength to strength each year and the hairdressing world has its collective eyes on the incredible work that these awards foster”, concluded Elli.

The Hair Expo Awards are the pinnacle event of Hair Expo’s three-day ‘Festival of Hair’ and celebrate outstanding creativity and business acumen – the complete picture of what exceptional hairdressing is.

Joey Scandizzo, Hair Expo Australian Hairdresser of the Year 2018, believes there are endless opportunities that the awards can afford hairdressers at any stage of their career. “The Hair Expo Awards will push you to the absolute best of your ability. The awards reveal not only who you are as an artist or a businessperson; but how much of a positive impact your work can have on your team, your clients and your community. If you’re ready to take the next step in your career in 2019, entering the Hair Expo Awards is one of the ultimate challenges and one of the most rewarding ways to celebrate your achievements!”, says Joey.

Three-time Hair Expo New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year Danny Pato echoes Joey’s sentiment, saying, “Entering the Hair Expo Awards is something I highly recommend for every passionate hairdresser. The process pushes you to challenge yourself and grow, and becoming a finalist or winner opens up new creative opportunities and gives you a business boost. It's a powerful platform.”

Master Cutter of the Year: shining a light on excellence in haircutting

The Master Cutter of the Year Award is a category that recognises and honours the incredible craft of cutting, and will be awarded to a hairdresser that demonstrates superior cutting prowess. The category calls for a photographic collection of three images, with styles that reflect contemporary and emerging hair fashion trends. Importantly, no wefts, wigs, extensions, hairpieces or other materials of any kind can be used in this category. The award is open to Australian and New Zealand hairdressers at any level of their career, provided they have a regular client column. Those interested in entering the new category should familiarise themselves with criteria on the Hair Expo website.

New Instagram competition to recognise everyday salon transformations

Launching alongside the Hair Expo Awards, the ‘What you do matters’ social media competition will spotlight the incredible work undertaken by hairdressers every day in the salon. Throughout the awards campaign period, hairdressers are encouraged to share their client transformations with the hashtag #WhatYouHairDoMatters to Instagram. Hair Expo’s Head Judge will pick monthly finalists from the tagged posts, with an overall winner selected on Wednesday 24 April 2019. The winner will receive an exciting prize pack from Hair Expo.

A golden delivery: changes to the finalist announcement

Hair Expo has announced changes to its finalist announcement with an exciting, personalised delivery of the news set for 2019. The new announcement style will be more inclusive for those hairdressers located interstate in Australia, and for those in New Zealand. Hair Expo Awards 2019 entrants can note Wednesday 24 April as the key date for the announcement, with more details to be released soon.

Julie Piantadosi returns to Head Judge and Awards Ambassador role

Hair Expo welcomes Julie Piantadosi back to the role of Head Judge and Awards Ambassador in 2019, where she will provide invaluable oversight of the awards process for both entrants and judges. Julie’s role will include increased scope, as the sole contact for all awards queries moving forward.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be once again involved with the Hair Expo Awards in 2019! These awards push our industry to be the best it can be and the talent that was spotlighted in 2018 was incredible. I encourage all hairdressers to enter in 2019 and to push their career to the next level. I look forward to supporting entrants and judges every step of the way”, said Julie about the 2019 awards.

50/50 split: awards weighting remains unchanged

Weighting for the awards remains unchanged, with 50 per cent of an entry’s overall score assigned to the photographic collection, and 50 per cent assigned to the written business submission for creative categories (with the exception of the Master Cutter of the Year category, for which there is no written component).


·         Apprentice Student of the Year

·         Australian Hairdresser of the Year

·         Best Salon Design

·         Colour Technician of the Year

·         Creative Force of the Year

·         Master Cutter of the Year (no written submission, creative entries only)

·         Men’s Hairdresser/Barber of the Year

·         New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year

·         NSW-ACT Hairdresser of the Year

·         Queensland Hairdresser of the Year

·         Salon Team of the Year

·         SA-TAS Hairdresser of the Year

·         Session Stylist of the Year

·         Victorian Hairdresser of the Year

·         WA-NT Hairdresser of the Year


·         Education Business of the Year

·         Educator of the Year

·         Industry Business Performance of the Year

·         Salon Business of the Year


•         Hall of Fame (by peer nomination, final decision made by Head Judge)

•         Editor’s Choice

Entries for the Hair Expo Awards 2019 will close on Wednesday 20 March 2019. All category criteria and general rules and regulations of entry are now live at