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British Hairdresser Named International Hairdresser of the Year at AHIA 2021

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British Hairdresser of the Year Sally Brooks has been named International Hairdresser of the Year at the Australian Hair Industry Awards.  

 

The category, which was introduced to the awards this year, was part of the glitzy live event held at The Star in Sydney and live streamed across the world.

Sally, co-owner of Brooks & Brooks, London, is no stranger to winning awards – she has won British Hairdresser of the Year three times – but was shocked and delighted to win this highly-anticipated  award. Sydney salon owner Clive Allwright, who has known Sally since school, picked up the award  on her behalf.

“I was delighted to receive this recognition from Australian peers and judges. I was sad not to able to  be there in person, but it was wonderful that Clive could pick this up for me, as he’s one in a million.  It was lovely to see a live event that reminds us all in the UK what the energy of a room of hairy  creatives feels like.”

There were eight British hairdressers who were finalists for the award – Cos Sakkas, TONI&GUY;  Darren Ambrose, D&J Ambrose; Errol Douglas, Errol Douglas Salon; Gary Hooker and Michael Young,  Hooker & Young; Kerry Mather, KJM Salons; Mark Leeson, Mark Leeson Salons; Martin Crean, MODE  Hair and Sally Brooks, Brooks & Brooks.

Launched in 2012 by Mocha Publishing, the Australian Hair Industry Awards (AHIA’s) are celebrating  their 10th year as the trusted national award platform which provide a benchmark of excellence across both specialist and individual Educational and Business categories and this event marks the  inaugural year that the Creative categories have been given their own awards program.

Owner/Publisher Linda Woodhead could not have been happier to see everyone in the same room  again; “The Creative AHIA’s are our exciting new awards platform which highlight the quality of the  industry’s editorial and trend focused skills and have allowed our entrants to show their clients and  communities just how talented they are. The calibre of this year’s collections exceeded our high  expectations and all of our finalists and winners should be incredibly proud of their work.”

 

The awards also marked a record with 100 esteemed international and local judges enlisted to hone  in on the impressive entries with business, media and industry expert including Sam McKnight UK,  Guy Tang USA, Sally Brooks UK, Angelo Seminara UK, Errol Douglas UK, Jenny Strebe USA, Julie  Bellinger-Gibb UK, Faye Murray, Charles Marcus, Kym Krey, Cameron Pine, Brad Ngata, Jayne Wild,  Tracey Hughes and Sharon Blain as well as representatives from local publications including HAIRBIZ,  Instyle, Woman’s Day, New Idea, Beautyheaven, Hair Romance, mamamia and Jones and  international publications including Hairdressers Journal International, Estetica, Independent Beauty  Professional Magazine, Intercoiffure SA, Salon Magazine and Coiffure.

2021 AHIA CREATIVE WINNERS 

AUSTRALIAN HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR 

Deanna Parker Attwood, Wieselmann Salon

 

NEW ZEALAND HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR 

Danny Pato, D&M Hair Design

COLOUR EXPERT OF THE YEAR 

Stevie Corthine, Stevie English Hair

NSW/ACT HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR 

Paula Hibbard, Paula Hibbard

QLD HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR 

Amy Gaudie, Urban Chic

SA/TAS HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR 

Mario Fioravanti, SJ Establishment

VIC HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR 

Cristina Tatasciore, Flipped Hair

WA/NT HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR

Jude McEwen, Toni and Guy Perth Central

APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR 

Paige Cameron, Cobelle Creative

INDEPENDENT STYLIST OF THE YEAR 

Charlene Fernandez, Charlene Fernandez Hair

MASTER CUTTER OF THE YEAR

Elle Schoemaker, Cobelle Creative

NEW CREATIVE TALENT OF THE YEAR 

James Morris, Biba Gertrude St

AVANT GARDE HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR 

Paul James Graham, Paul & Paul Salon

MEN’S HAIR SPECIALIST OF THE YEAR 

Anthony Staltari, Barbery Australia

BEST COLLAB OF THE YEAR 

Stephanie & Coco

CREATIVE TEAM OF THE YEAR – Salon or Salon group 

SJ Establishment

HOT SHOTS TEAM

Eliza Andrews, Royals Hair

Evie Golding, Rokstar Salon

Leanne Kay, Stevie English Hair

Scott James Sheehy, Toni&Guy Newtown

INTERNATIONAL HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR 

Sally Brooks, Brooks & Brooks

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