On Sunday 10th September 2017, Wella celebrated the best in hairdressing and emerging talent across Australia and New Zealand with its annual TrendVision Awards. Held at TePapa in Wellington, New Zealand and hosted by Benni and Kristian Tognini (Togninis), a crowd of the industry’s finest came together to celebrate a night of entertainment, creativity and hair fashion.

40 talented finalists from both countries came together to battle it out to take home the Gold Award in two categories: Color Vision and Creative Vision. To reach the final, entrants first entered a photographic competition to create their own interpretation of Wella Professionals’ ‘New Norm by Past Forward’ and ‘Ultra Contouring’ trends.

The finalists all featured on a catwalk to showcase their looks, which were judged by a host of industry greats including: Belinda Jeffrey (La Boutique), Bronwyn Illingworth (toni & guy New Zealand), Danny Pato (D&M Hair Design), Dennis Langford (toni & guy), Jayne Wild (Wild Life Hair), Lee Cohen (Reds Salon), Marie Uva (UVA Salon), Michael Beel (Buoy Hairdressing), Stephen Marr (Stephen Marr) and Uros Mikic (Kinky Curly Straight).

2017 Winners:

Creative Vision Gold Award

Beau Jenkins of UVA Salon (Australia)

Kylie Hayes of Moha Hairdressing (New Zealand)

Color Vision Gold Award

Jack Horton of Jack Horton Hair Boutique (Australia)

Mana Dave of Blaze (New Zealand)

2017 Finalists:

SILVER Creative Vision

Ryan Brown, Joey Scandizzo Salon (AU)

Jaimee Smith, Zaibatsu Hair Art (NZ)

SILVER Colour Vision

Teagan Cousins, BIBA South Yarra (AU)

Jamie Barakat, Ktizo (NZ)

BRONZE Creative Vision

Charlene Fernandez, Rokk Ebony (AU)

Sara Allsop, Dharma (NZ)

BRONZE Colour Vision

Markis Weisheim, BIBA Academy (AU)

Chinney Yeap, Buoy Salon & Spa (NZ)

Australia Apprentice Winner: Jay Blitsas, UVA Salon

New Zealand Apprentice Winner: Jackson Rodeka, Zaibatsu, Hair Art

Australia Salon Winner: BIBA Academy

New Zealand Salon Winner: Zaibatsu Hair Art

All four of the Gold Award winners now have an exciting and action packed journey ahead of them, which will involve competing at the International TrendVision Award taking place in London in October. Ahead of this, they will have a once in a lifetime mentoring experience with two-time International Trend Vision winner, Lyndal Salmon of Biba Academy, Melbourne, as they prepare for the international competition.

Wella’s Education Director Australia & New Zealand, Gina Thomas, comments: “This is a truly life changing opportunity for Australian and New Zealand hairdressers. Wella TrendVision is their platform to get their work recognised on a national and international level. It also gives them the opportunity to work with an incredible talent and mentor, Lyndal Salmon, to prepare for the International Award in London. On behalf of Wella, I would like to congratulate beau Jenkins, Kylie Hayes, Jack Horton and Mana Dave for being awarded Gold; We look forward to seeing you compete in London at International TrendVision. I would also like to thank everyone who entered this year; the standard of work was truly exceptional and we encourage you to enter the 2018 competition.”

Wella also welcomed multi award-winning, international colourist, stylist and Canadian Guest Artist, Dana Lysend from Supernova Salon, to the event. Dana took to the stage to demonstrate her unique work that spans across film, television and editorial. Following the awards, a selection of hairdressers will get up close and personal with Frank, Elizabeth, Brad and Dana in an Education Masterclass on Monday 11 September.

Jerome Toulza, General Manager, Coty Professional Beauty ANZ, comments: “Wella is committed to providing the industry with a world class competition that is dedicated to showcasing the extraordinary talent of our hairdressers in Australia and New Zealand. Wella TrendVision is a chance to not only compete for the opportunity to share your work on an international stage, but to come together for a night of creative inspiration and celebration. I would like to thank our amazing judges; There is no great hairdressing competition without great, industry acclaimed, independent judges. Congratulations to our New Zealand and Australian winners, and good luck for the international final in London!”

– Mango PR

For more information contact Natasha Walsh, natashaw@thisismango.co.nz