Joey Scandizzo is crowned Australia’s Hairdresser of the Year at the 2018 Hair Expo Awards

Media release

Monday 11 June 2018

Victorian hairdresser Joey Scandizzo has been named the 2018 Australian Hairdresser of the Year at the Hair Expo Awards in Melbourne. This is the second time that he was won the coveted award, after taking home the title in 2012.

A celebrity stylist who has tamed the manes of big names like Ruby Rose, Paris Hilton, The Veronicas and Carrie Bickmore at his eponymous salon in Melbourne’s South Yarra, Joey is also the co-creative director of haircare brand ELEVEN Australia.

“For me, this is a dream come true and I’ve been working on this for years and years… I’ve put the hard yards in; I’ve got a fantastic team. We’ve had a great night, the guys have won plenty of awards and everyone has worked hard for them. To take this baby home is awesome!” said Joey.

The 2018 Hair Expo New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year award went to Danny Pato of D&M Hair Design in Auckland, who has now taken out the title for three consecutive years – 2016, 2017 and 2018.

“[It feels] amazing.” said Danny. “This collection is about a global woman… and about being proud.”

The pinnacle celebration of Hair Expo Australia’s three-day event, the coveted Hair Expo Awards have been elevating the hair industry for more than 30 years by recognising and celebrating excellence in creative vision, advanced technical skill, and business acumen – the complete picture of what exceptional hairdressing is.

More than 850 hair professionals gathered to hear 20 winners announced at the glitzy Hair Expo Awards gala, hosted by actor and singer Natalie Bassingthwaighte and held at The Plenary in the Melbourne Convention Centre.

There were an impressive 111 finalists across 18 creative and business categories in 2018, chosen by a judging panel of 10 international and 10 local judges. The panel represents some of the most acclaimed hairdressing industry veterans from Australasia and across the globe. Two additional awards were also presented by Hair Expo – the Hall of Fame Award and the inaugural Editor’s Choice Award.

Vincent and Anton de Lorenzo were inducted into the Hair Expo Hall of Fame in 2018 in recognition of their inspiring contribution to the Australian hairdressing industry. The award was accepted by Anton’s son Anthony de Lorenzo at the awards gala.

Hermiz Daniel from Joey Scandizzo Salon was selected as the Editor’s Choice Award winner, a new category in 2018. Kim Howells, Fashion Director for Hunger magazine in the UK, chose Hermiz’s creative collection for its high quality and execution, noting: “the casting, photography, poses, styling, and makeup complement his ideas perfectly. It feels like the team worked seamlessly, a true example of not only one person’s vision but a creatively successful collaboration. It feels very modern, brave, and very editorial.” Hermiz was also named as the Hair Expo Victorian Hairdresser of the Year for the second time, after winning the title for the first time in 2017.

Hair Expo appointed business coach Julie Piantadosi as Head Judge and Awards Ambassador to guide entrants through the awards entry process and assist the panel with judging in2018. Julie also enlisted three business experts from outside of the hairdressing industry to assist with judging written submissions.

“Well, it’s finally here! Hair Expo 2018 Awards night and what a buzz it is! So much passion and talent; you can feel the excitement all-round! The last few months have been super busy working with our amazing judges and it’s so great to be here tonight to finally watch it all unfold. Very special congratulations to all the winners and huge congratulations to our 2018 Australian Hairdresser of the Year, Joey Scandizzo. I can say without a doubt being the Ambassador and Head Judge of these prestigious awards has been the highlight of my year”, said Julie.

Cory Watson, Event Director for Hair Expo Australia, commented: “Joey has been selected by the Hair Expo Awards judging panel for his outstanding professional achievements and his incredible creative ability. We wish to congratulate all our winners and finalists tonight! The Hair Expo Awards are the longest-standing and most prestigious awards in Australian hairdressing. The awards grow from strength to strength each year, and the calibre of work only serves to take our industry to new heights. What a fantastic way to cap off three days of Hair Expo - we’re thrilled to celebrate with the industry in Melbourne.”

Hair Expo Australia takes place annually over the Queen’s Birthday weekend and brings together thousands of hair industry professionals for three days of trend showcases, world-class education and Australasia’s largest hair show performances, leading it to be known as ‘The Festival of Hair’.

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2018 HAIR EXPO AWARDS WINNERS

AUSTRALIAN HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR

Joey Scandizzo – Joey Scandizzo Salon, South Yarra VIC

NEW ZEALAND HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR

Danny Pato – D&M Hair Design, Auckland, NZ

HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE

Vincent and Anton de Lorenzo

COLOUR TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR

Stevie Corthine – Stevie English Hair, Glebe NSW

MEN’S HAIRDRESSER / BARBER OF THE YEAR

Uros Mikic – Kinky Curly Straight, Adelaide SA

NEW CREATIVE FORCE

Joe Habbaki – TONI&GUY Armadale, VIC

APPRENTICE / STUDENT OF THE YEAR

Nicholas Tragos – Colour Cosmetica, Adelaide SA

SALON TEAM OF THE YEAR

UVA Salon – Prahran, VIC

SESSION STYLIST OF THE YEAR

Sarah Laidlaw - Union Management

EDITOR’S CHOICE

Hermiz Daniel - Joey Scandizzo Salon, South Yarra VIC

BEST SALON DESIGN

Rixon Hair – Brisbane, QLD

EDUCATION BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Sharon Blain Education

EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR

Jules Tognini – Lil’ Off The Top

INDUSTRY BUSINESS PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Excellent Edges

SALON BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Circles of Subiaco – Perth, WA

STATE CATEGORIES

NSW-ACT Hairdresser of the Year

Nathan Cherrington – TONI&GUY Concord, NSW

SA-TAS Hairdresser of the Year

Sam James – Orbe North Adelaide, SA

VIC Hairdresser of the Year

Hermiz Daniel - Joey Scandizzo Salon, South Yarra VIC

WA-NT Hairdresser of the Year

Pauline McCabe - Rock Paper Scissors Hair Studio, Fremantle WA

QLD Hairdresser of the Year

Brodie Lee Stubbins – ROKSTAR, West End QLD

Hair Expo would like to thank to all members of the 2018 Hair Expo Awards judging panel:

International judges

 

·         Tabatha Coffey

·         Angelo Seminara

·         Edward Darley

·         Mark Hayes

·         Peter Gray

·         Sally Brooks

·         Jamie Brooks

·         Nick Irwin

·         Laura Castelli

·         Mark Leeson

 

Local Judges

 

·         Sharon Blain

·         Benni Tognini

·         Faye Murray

·         Frank Apostolopoulos

·         Sara Allsop

·         Jayne Wild

·         Sandy Chong

·         Joey Scandizzo

·         Sarah Laidlaw

·         Caterina Di Biase

Additional business judges

 

·         Dr Anh Nguyen, renowned Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeon. 2017 Telstra Western Australian Entrepreneur Award, Telstra Business Women’s Awards

·         Thomas Plunkett, Customer Experience Lounge Host Manager, Qantas           

·         Enza Ferraro, National Head Trainer, ANZ Bank