Wella Trend Vision: 2016 National Finalists Announced

Monday 12 September 2016: Last night, Australian and New Zealand hairdressers celebrated the very best in colour and creativity with Wella Professionals at the joint national finals of the TrendVision Award 2016 (TVA). 500 of the industry’s finest gathered at the Melbourne Pavilion for a night of entertainment, creativity and hair fashion, alongside the unveiling of the TVA 2016 winners, as judged by industry experts and influential media. 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 trends.

Joining the finalists on the night were five-time winner of ‘Australian Hairdresser of the Year’ and Wella Professionals’ Creative Director,Frank Apostolopoulos, and Wella Professionals’ Creative Director of Colour, renowned colourist and celebrity hairdresser, Marie Uva (Jennifer Hawkins, Bec Judd, Gigi Hadid). Frank’s opulent show, ‘BIBA by Frank’ was a creative juxtaposition to simplicity; His ideas of colour were enriched with extravagant shape, form and texture, bringing to mind endless images of dedication to the craft. Marie’s show, ‘Audacious’, was a major, modern take on George Michael’s “Too Funky”, paying homage to the unforgettable ‘90s, in collaboration with UVA salon and Joey Scandizzo salon.

THE WINNERS: This year, the prestigious Creative Vision Gold Award was won by Courtney Treyvaud of Biba Academy (Australia) and Jamiee Smith of Zaibatsu Hair Art (New Zealand). The Color Vision Gold Award was won by Wren Patsellis of Head Office Hair & Body (Australia) and Mana Dave of Blaze (New Zealand).

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 Barcelona in November. Following the National TrendVision Award, the Gold winners 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 Professionals’ Education Leader Australia & New Zealand, Gina Thomas, comments: “This is a truly life changing opportunity for Australian and New Zealand hairdressers. Trend Vision is their platform to get their work recognised on a national level. It also gives them the opportunity to work with an incredible talent, Lyndal Salmon, to prepare for the International Award in Barcelona.”

SILVER Creative Vision:

Scott Condon, Rokk Ebony South Melbourne (AU) and Chinney Yeap, Buoy Salon & Spa (NZ)

SILVER Colour Vision:

Caitlin Faulks, Xiang Hair (AU) and Brad Lepper, French Revolver Studio (NZ)

 BRONZE Creative Vision:

Dimitri Kyvetos, Joey Scandizzo Salon (AU) and Jordin Bayne, Zaibatsu Hair Art (NZ)

 BRONZE Colour Vision:

Aelwen Whitaker, Biba Academy (AU) and Koren Panirau, Zaibatsu Hair Art (NZ)

 Australia Apprentice Winner: Caitlin Faulks, Xiang Hair

 New Zealand Apprentice Winner: Kelly Manu, Blaze Newmarket

 Australia Salon Winner: Biba Academy

 New Zealand Salon Winner: Zaibatsu Hair Art

THE JUDGES: The TrendVision Award 2016 judging panel was composed of industry experts and influential media from Australia and New Zealand: Benni Tognini (Togninis); Dimitri Papas (Papas + Pace); Dennis Langford (TONI&GUY); Deanna Parker Attwood (Wieselmann Salon); Danny Pato (NZ Hairdresser of The Year); Belinda Jeffrey (La Boutique); Alfredo Cappella (Clip Joint Salons); Paul Serville (Servilles); and Amy Starr (ELLE Magazine).

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– TJ