AUSTRALIAN HAIR FASHION AWARDS 2017
Last night, Sunday 2nd April Australia’s largest and most successful independent hairdressing awards program, the Australian Hair Fashion Awards (AHFA’s) took place on in front of a sell-out audience of over 900 hairstylists, media and celebrities at Sydney’s iconic Luna Park. The AHFA’s are the ultimate celebration of the synergy between hair, fashion, beauty and culture and this year’s list of winners features a roll call of Australia’s finest exponents of hair, fashion and beauty.
At the glamorous gathering, guests were entertained by the MC for the night, TV presenter Faustina Agolley as well as a very special performance by supercool Melbourne DJ Havana Brown who then continued to rock the crowd with a set at the exclusive after party. US singer Mya made a surprise guest appearance at the party to delight of the crowd!
L’Oréal Professionnel Australia ambassador Dannii Minogue and special guest Pia Miller were on hand to add their own brand of style to the already fabulous evening, culminating in Dannii presenting the trophy to the newly crowned Australian Hairdresser of the Year.
Now in their 25th year, proudly partnered by L’Oréal Professionnel and the fourth year under the creative vision of The Journal’s David Mannah following his phenomenally successful re-launch of the hair fashion publication in 2014, the AHFA’s have once again proved that they are packing the punches when it comes to industry recognition. “The kind of hairdressing names we had on our panel to judge the 2017 AHFA’s are reflective of the way that our awards have grown in stature. Literally many of the best names in the global industry came to London to examine the work of our homegrown Australian talent and I can tell you they were blown away!” David Mannah, AHFA’s Creative Director.
General Manager of L’Oréal Professionnel Olga Zanetti adds “We are delighted to support the most exciting night in the Australian Hair Fashion industry. In order to build on the events success and celebrate our artistic community, it’s crucial that we work with local talent and help place them on a world stage, enabling them to be recognised at the highest level. This is something both L’Oréal Professionnel and the AHFA’s believe in. Once again, the event itself was an amazing success and we congratulate all of the winners and finalists.”
The illustrious photographic categories for 2017 were judged in London by UK hairdressing royalty including Anthony Mascolo, Akin Konizi, Bruce Masefield, current British Hairdresser of the Year Angelo Seminara, catwalk favourite Eugene Souleiman and hairdressing legend (creator of more Vogue covers than Kate Moss and former hairstylist to Princess Diana, amongst a host of others) Sam McKnight. The results were verified by an independent adjudicator.
AHFA Australian Hairdresser of the Year DAMIEN RINALDO – BORIS THE CUTTERY AHFA Creative Colourist of the Year DANIELLE SOLIER – XIANG HAIR AHFA Men’s Hairdresser of the Year TORI GILL – KING’S DOMAIN SOUTH YARRA AHFA Artistic Team of the Year INTERSHAPE ARTISTIC TEAM AHFA Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year CHERIE FALCO – KINKY CURLY STRAIGHT AHFA NSW/ACT Hairdresser of the Year MARIA UNALI – SALON KIIN AHFA Victorian Hairdresser of the Year MICHAEL PIASTRINO – IBIZA HAIR AHFA Queensland Hairdresser of the Year BRODIE-LEE STUBBINS - ROKSTAR AHFA South Australian/Tasmanian Hairdresser of the Year SAM JAMES-COCKAYNE – ORBE NORTH ADELAIDE AHFA Western Australian/Northern Territory Hairdresser of the Year PAULINE McCABE - ROCK PAPER SCISSORS HAIR STUDIO AHFA Apprentice Hairdresser of the Year MICHELLE NGUYEN – OSCAR OSCAR SALON AHFA Newcomer of the Year NATHAN CHERRINGTON – TONI&GUY CONCORD AHFA Session Stylist of the Year RENYA XYDIS AHFA Make-Up Artist of the Year SARAH LAIDLAW AHFA Fashion Stylist of the Year LETICIA DARE AHFA Hair Fashion Video of the Year KOBI BOKSHISH AHFA Excellence in Education DCI EDUCATION AHFA Salon of the Year EDWARDS AND CO Best New Professional Haircare Product Revlon Uniq One Hair Treatment Best New Professional Styling Product L’Oréal Professionnel French Girl Hair Messy Cliché Best New Professional Packaging & Design Evo Hairmuda Triangle Most Innovative Hair Tool EVY IQ OneGlide Styler