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Entries for the region’s most prestigious hairdressing awards, the annual Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards, are now open to the industry throughout Australia and New Zealand. Now in its 29th year, the competition is set to be the largest it has ever been with an amazing 17 awards up for grabs.

And this year, for the first time, the hairdressing industry’s night of nights, the Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards Gala will be held at a glamorous new venue – The Star.

Submissions across all categories open for general entry will be accepted until 5pm, 17 February 2014. Following preliminary judging, finalists will be announced at a cocktail reception in Sydney on Tuesday 11 March.

This is your chance to follow in the footsteps of last year’s Australian Hairdresser of the Year, Frank Apostolopoulos from Biba. “This was definitely the biggest highlight in my career. To win the industry’s highest accolade was an absolute honour. Having my name called out in front of my heroes and past and present winners is a memory I will cherish forever.”

The awards at Hair Expo are the longest running and most respected hairdressing awards in the Southern Hemisphere. They set the industry benchmark and are seen as the height of hairdressing excellence for the region. Schwarzkopf Professional has been the exclusive sponsor since 2009.

Hair Expo Event Director, Julia Erben, said: “Our 2014 awards categories consolidate the extremely popular direction we took last year. By broadening the levels of recognition within the awards, with the introduction of Emerging Hairdresser of the Year and Men’s Hairdresser of the Year, we have enabled more of our hugely talented hairdressers to enter categories more suited to their level of experience and specialisation. And this was clearly demonstrated by the quality and quantity of entries into the 2013 competition.”

Since opening up all categories in the awards to entrants from both sides of the Tasman in 2010, the competition has been increasingly fierce. Each year has seen the quality and originality of awards submissions increase, as stylists compete to produce their absolute best work possible.

Winners across all categories will be announced at the awards gala held during the Hair Expo long weekend onMonday 9 June 2014. The awards gala is the culmination of three days of Hair Expo – celebrating the very best of the Australian and New Zealand hairdressing.


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