Following an intense round of digital judging, 14 of the industry’s brightest emerging hairdressers flocked to La Biosthetique Academie in Sydney, for the second leg of this year’s Australian FAME Team Judging.

Here, judges Sharon Blain, Sarah Laidlaw, Katy Reid, Uros Mikic, Alex Fuchs, Cameron Pine, Sandy Chong, Lauren King, Kobi Bokshish, Nicole Kae, David Mannah and FAME Team Creative Director Jack Morton were treated to the traditional live skills test.

This consisted of 3-parts, all of which were totally unseen by contestants and judges prior to their arrival on judging day. There was one styling brief and two cutting briefs, followed by a live model presentation, wherein the entrants pre-prepared a model featuring their signature look. Proceedings concluded with a Q&A, where the judges could really get to know the finalists.

This year an additional treat awaited one fortunate finalist, an incredible prize offered by sponsor Haircare Australia: a hamper filled with evo product and Cloud 9 tools and a personal Skype tutorial with Creative Director Lauren McCowan.

The prize was won by Charlene Fernandez (see below) based on her beautiful presentation model – congratulations Charlene! Stay tuned to @thejournalmag where Charlene will post a hair transformation video using her prize package.

The FAME team selection remains based on individual merit and not on salon, location or brand affiliation. The lucky four will experience a year that will be instrumental in their career progression, and their professional and personal growth.

Opportunities to appear on-stage at Hair Expo, a trip to London to appear at Salon International and trips to other European capitals such as Paris plus two weeks of mentoring, (one with awesome Australians and one with London legends) are all there for the taking.

So who will be pulling out their passport in 2019? Find out at this year’s Australian Hair Fashion Awards on Sunday 14th April.

The 2019 Australian FAME Team Finalists are:

  • Adam Dyer, Wild Life Hair
  • Brittany Cristaudo, Sloans of Lane Cove
  • Charlene Fernandez, Rokk Ebony
  • Christopher Byrne, Sloans of Lane Cove
  • Daniel Di Iorio, Diior 10 Salon
  • Ellie Martins, Wild Life Hair
  • Idy Duong, Sloans of Lane Cove
  • Joshua Anderson, Salon Zephyr
  • Laura Spinney, Academie Salon
  • Nathan Yip, Tognini’s
  • Sienna Prince Rankin, Wild Life Hair
  • Taylor Bagster, Helmet Hair Co.
  • Travis Bandiera, Royals Hair
  • William Webb, Ella & Jade

Check out the highlights below:

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