Monday the 15th of April saw the announcement of the 2013 Australian Hair Fashion Awards at Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf. In conjunction with the re-launch of hair fashion publication The Journal (former Australian Hairdressers Journal) David Mannah, Creative Director of the awards and affiliate publication played host to over 300 guests who waited in eager anticipation for the honour roll to be called.
An event synonymous with style and a star studded guest list, fabulous frocks and handsome finery were adorned as hairdressing professionals, fashion creatives and media walked the red carpet for the highly acclaimed industry awards now in their 21st year.
British pop singer and songwriter Natasha Bedingfield opened the evening with an exquisite acoustic performance of her hit song These Words, whilst former Miss Universe Australia Laura Dundovic and Home and Away Actor Dan Ewing hosted the event.
Guests enjoyed a decadent three course supper and were entertained with three stand out live performances from Australian Idol winner Stan Walker, whilst the The Voice favourite and Universal Recording Artist Prinnie Stevens delivered a stellar performance of her new single ‘Don’t Wake Me Up’.
Say’s Mannah “ Tonight was about new beginnings, an opportunity for new talent to shine, new faces to be seen and new friendships to kindle. The AHFA’s are a true celebration of the collaboration between hair fashion creatives and my irrefutable quest was to elevate the position of these awards as a destination point for those who strive to challenge themselves within the industry, to be the best they can be.”
Judging took place in January at The Browns Hotel London, with over 100 entries reviewed by the British hairdressing monarchy including Errol Douglas MBE, Jamie Brooks (3 x London Hairdresser of the Year) and Indira Schauwecker (Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year 2011)
AHFA Australian Hairdresser of the Year 2013 – Frank Apostolopoulos
AHFA NSW Hairdresser of the Year 2013 – Kobi Bokshish
AHFA Victoria/Tasmania Hairdresser of the Year 2013 – Michelle Anthony
AHFA Queensland Hairdresser of the Year 2013 – Bill Tsiknaris
AHFA SA Hairdresser of the Year 2013 – Sam James
AHFA WA/NT Hairdresser of the Year 2013 – Judith Mc Ewen
AHFA Creative Colourist of the Year 2013 Igor Rosales-Jackson
AHFA Artistic Team of the Year 2013 – Papas & Pace
AHFA Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year 2013 – Wade Blackford
AHFA Apprentice Hairdresser of the Year 2013 Steff Tanian
AHFA Salon of the Year 2013 Head Studio
AHFA Mens Hairdresser of the Year 2013 Lucas Dowling
AHFA Salon Manager of the Year Dimitri Papas – Papas & Pace
AHFA Best New Salon Design Uros Mikic – Kinky Curly Straight
AHFA Excellence in Salon Training 2013 Papas & Pace
AHFA Excellence in Education 2013 Tracey Hughes Education
AHFA Make-Up Artist of the Year Sue Marshall
AHFA Photographer of the Year Andrew O’Toole
AHFA Session Stylist of the Year Alan White
Best New Professional Hair Product – KEVIN.MURPHY – FULL.AGAIN
Best New Consumer Hair Product – LIVE CLEAN – Exotic Nectar Argan Oil Restorative Shampoo
Best New Product Packaging and Design XCESSIVE – Refinement Mist
Australian Wholesaler of the Year – KIMDEC