Australia’s Jack Horton Hair Announced As Finalist In 2023 International Hairdressing Awards

Australia’s Jack Horton Hair Announced As Finalist In 2023 International Hairdressing Awards

Drumroll please! The 18 finalists through six categories of the International Hairdressing Awards (IHAs) have been named, selected by an esteemed judging panel amidst hundreds of entrant collections. Finalists represent eight countries, including Australia, where our own Jack Horton Hair has been recognised in the title of International Artistic Team of the Year. Finalists otherwise come from the UK, Spain, the Netherlands, France, USA, Sweden and Malaysia, and include some of the world’s most renowned hairdressers, such as Angelo Seminara, Cos Sakkas and Antoinette Beenders.

The finalists were announced over the weekend on February 19, with a global live broadcast from the city of Pamplona, in Spain. The awards will take place on May 8th in Palma de Mallorca (Spain). In March, Mikel Luzea, IHA director and founder, and Sergi Bancells, global ambassador of the awards, will travel around the world together to surprise and personally announce the awards to the winners, which will be streamed live online. The seven winners will then attend the awards gala in May, which will include the awards’ iconic purple carpet, as well as a hair fashion show and the crowning of the winners.

The finalists were chosen by an illustrious group including Robert Lobetta (USA), Dobrawa Piekos-Szymanska (Poland), Dove Palmer (UK), Beatriz Matallana (Spain) and Alexis Continente (Spain). The awards’ fifth year saw almost 500 entries from 38 countries submitted in the categories of Best International Women’s Collection, Best International Men’s Collection and Best International Avant-Garde Collection, while the titles of International Hairdresser of the Year and International Artistic Team of the Year were by invitation only.

Congratulations to the finalists!

Best International Women’s Commercial Collection

Pierre Ginsburg (France)
Rebecca Jacques (United Kingdom)
Robert Masciave (United Kingdom)

Best International Men’s Commercial Collection

Arjan Bevers (Netherlands) 
Bayleigh Peace & Laura Scott – Mark Leeson (United Kingdom)
Brian Sanchis – Salón Carlos Valiente (Spain)

Best International Avant-garde Collection

Dicksum Low (Malaysia)
Emmanuel Esteban (France)
Enrica Russo (United Kingdom)

International Artistic Team of the Year

HOB Creative Team (United Kingdom) 
Jack Horton Hair (Australia)
Mark Leeson (United Kingdom)

International Hairdresser of the Year

Angelo Seminara (United Kingdom)
Antoinette Beenders (USA)
Cos Sakkas (United Kingdom)

International Film & TV Hairdresser of the Year

Erika Okvist (Sweden) – ‘Bridgerton’
Teresa Hill, Yvonne De Patus, Kupka Lindy Dunn and Kim Santantonio (USA) – ‘Being the Ricardos’
Stephanie Ingram (USA) – ’The Eyes of Tammy Faye’

For more information visit

Meet the winners of the Australian Hair Industry Awards

Meet the winners of the Australian Hair Industry Awards

Sunday October 9 saw the winners of the illustrious Australian Hair Industry Awards 2022 – Business named at a beautiful gala awards evening on the Gold Coast.

Launched in 2011 by esteemed trade visionary, Linda Woodhead, and the Mocha Group team, the AHIA’s – Business are renowned as the definitive awards program of business excellence for Australia’s leading hairdressers, salons, specialist businesses, educators and professional products. These accolades come as a welcome reprieve after challenging years with salons and hairdressers ready to look ahead and celebrate their achievements with one another.

The big winners were announced at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre as over 600 guests enjoyed a night of dinner, drinks and dancing. The highlight of the evening was the vibrant and action-packed dance and laser performance created and produced by the incredible multi-hyphenate Adam Williams. The stunning show brought burlesque into the now, drawing inspiration from the resurgence of Club-Kid culture, the heritage of Harlem Ballroom and the vivacious volume of authentic vogue. Guests then ventured to Nineteen at the Star for the afterparty to end all afterparties.

Combining opportunities for individuals of all levels as well as categories for salons, specialist businesses, educators and professional products, the awards provide an exciting snapshot of the impressive quality of the industry. The awards were launched due to industry demand for a platform to highlight business achievement and are judged by an independent panel of judges, media, PR and business specialists.

The AHIA’s – Business were proudly sponsored by Timely, Redken, Kitomba, Sustainable Salons, Excellent Edges, Matrix, Schwarzkopf Professional, Goldwell, L’Oreal Professionnel, Revlon Professional, HairBiz, Shortcuts, DNA, The Zing Project, KMS, EVY Professional, Comfortel and Wella Professionals.

“These awards truly showcase the best that the hair industry in Australia has to offer and I can assure everyone – it is in excellent hands,” Woodhead said. “The quality of the entries exceeded all of our expectations and we are so proud of how the industry has gone from strength-to-strength post-COVID. We are excited for our local communities to celebrate their local hair experts and to recognise the amazing impact these individuals and businesses have on us all.”



Semi di Lino Smooth Shampoo and Mask By Alfaparf Milano


Hydrating Mask By Arvo Haircare


Colorful Glow Beyond Anti Fade Serum By Joico

Salon Team Member of the Year

Evie Golding – Rokstar

Salon Manager/Co-Ordinator of the Year

Kim Hazelton – Jack Horton Hair

Business Director/Owner of the Year

Brodie Tsiknaris – Rokstar

Sole Operator of the Year

Amberley Macpherson

Best Eco Salon

Little Birdie Hair Co

Best Business Newcomer of the Year


Best Salon Design


Best Marketing

SJ Establishment

Best Customer Care

Elysium Hair Brisbane

Salon Team of the Year

Jack Horton Hair

Best In Salon Training

Co and Pace Salons

Educator of the Year – Individual

Dario Cotroneo

Educator of the Year – Organisation

Total Coaching Academy

Educator of the Year – Product or Equipment Company

L’Oréal Professionnel Education Team

Best Business Performance of the Year

EVY Professional


Salon Cosmetics

State Salon Business of the Year NSW/ACT

DiMattia & Co.

State Salon Business of the Year QLD

Elysium Hair Brisbane

State Salon Business of the Year SA/TAS

SJ Establishment

State Salon Business of the Year VIC

AMD Hairdressing

State Salon Business of the Year WA/NT

George & Ivy Hairdressing


Anthony Gray – MIG Training


Brendon Mann – Epic Hair Design


Elysium Hair Brisbane

For further information, please contact Kristy at Lily Blue Communications: KRISTY@LILYBLUE.COM.AU

By Tiarne Blackwell

A Plan For Education and Training Success

A Plan For Education and Training Success

Meeting with salon owners, Registered Training Organisation (RTO), company, and independent educators across the industry over the last few months has highlighted how segmented and disconnected the training and education space can be at times. There is no clearer example of this than in the education journey of the apprentice.

Quite rightly the responsibility for the apprentice’s education is shared around. Salon mentors take on the heavy lifting, educating, nurturing and growing their apprentices through the ups and downs of employment and the apprenticeship. The formal training for the apprentice to become qualified is delivered by a TAFE or private RTO. Companies also play a huge role in educating young stylist. From colour to equipment, hair extensions and retail, the education offering from companies that support the salons is world class. Rounding out the education support that is available to apprentices are the independent educators and business coaches that provide skillsbased education and training across the industry.

While access to a wide range of quality training is never a bad thing it can appear at times that the apprentice, with all good intention can be pulled in a number of directions at the same time. This can lead to confusion and not always the outcomes you would expect from such a substantial investment in time and resources.

Iconic salon education models link Sassoon’s and Toni & Guy point the way, and in our experience as an RTO we also see those salons that have greatest success in apprentice education. This best practice confirms what is required to navigate the landscape and to bring all parties together to create an incredible education experience. There are two key ingredients that the best in apprenticeship education systems have in common. It is a salon led training structure combined with a plan that coordinates all parties. Firstly, it requires the salon to have a structured set up for training. Namely:

• Dedicated in-salon training time

• A dedicated person in the salon who takes on the role of in-salon educator or mentor.

• A plan for communication in order to manage and review progress The second key ingredient is the need for leadership by the salon in coordinating all parties and dictating the flow of the apprenticeship. This is the piece around which quality training is built. Without this type of structure in place what can result is:

• Apprentices that lack clear direction in the salon and feel they are just support staff.

• Apprentices that attend their RTO and work through there college work which may or may not line up with what they are working on in the salon. An example of this common disconnect is when a student might be working on their cutting structures at the RTO but do not practice or build skills in the salon resulting in a long and protracted cutting journey.

• Apprentices that attend external company education that they may not be ready for or who attend education that repeats or is different to what they are learning in the salon or at their RTO.

For a salon, setting up dedicated training time and an in-salon mentor is one thing but putting a plan in place to coordinate all aspects of the training can be a more daunting prospect. What it boils down to is the salon creating a training plan for the apprentice journey. And by training plan I do not mean the RTO’s training plan that lists all of the units of competency from the qualification, but a skills-based plan set up by the salon.

To be effective and understood by all the plan needs to include:

• A list of the practical skills that you want the apprentice to achieve and a timeline for when you want to achieve them. For an apprentice first starting out this could be: o Massage techniques o Shampoo and Treatment services o Basic Blowdry’s •

A plan for the practice of these skills, i.e. How many times and on what type of clients?

• In-salon assessment of these skills. The best in-salon education models have a structured way of assessing if the apprentice has the skills listed to then either work with clients or move on to the next block of skill development.

• Aligning the formal units delivered by the RTO with the skills the apprentice is learning, practicing and being assessed on in the salon. While the apprentice can work through the RTO learning and even some of the knowledge assessment as they are developing the skills in the salon ideally the salon should ensure that any RTO practical assessment does not happen until apprentice has been through in- salon training, practice and assessment. This ensures that the in-salon mentor is confident that the apprentice is ready to be assessed by the RTO.

• The final piece of the plan is to plug-in any company education and external education to support the apprentice’s practical skills plan. The best example is colour. Ideally when colour skills and consultation are introduced to the apprentice by the salon then the time is right to access quality company education to support that journey.

Taking care to ensure that all the training is aligned if it is coming from salon, company and RTO all at the same time.

A commitment to education is a wonderful thing and the level of education and support by all educators in our industry is world class. But without a salon led, coordinated approach to education the risk is that the apprentice’s education is disconnected and at times can be daunting or even worse, confusing for all involved. The right structures backed up with a plan to deliver creates confident and skilled professional ready to tackle their hairdressing careers head on.

Hairbiz Year 16 Issue 5 Out Now

Hairbiz Year 16 Issue 5 Out Now

Check out this month’s HairBiz Magazine. Great article by our very own Anthony Gray “A Plan For Education and Training Success” on page 50.

Happy reading! 📖🐛


HAIR BIZ is the only magazine of its kind which offers a comprehensive look at both the business and image side of the hair industry. It provides salon owners with tools and information to be more successful and knowledgeable when it comes to business skills as well as keeping them informed with trend forecasts, interviews, profiles, news, reviews and product info.

Hairbiz Year 16 Issue 4 Out Now

Hairbiz Year 16 Issue 4 Out Now

New issue of HairBiz Magazine is out now. Another great read about our industry by MIG Director Anthony Gray on Industry Day 2022 on page 49.

Be creative. Have fun. Dare to be different.


HAIR BIZ is the only magazine of its kind which offers a comprehensive look at both the business and image side of the hair industry. It provides salon owners with tools and information to be more successful and knowledgeable when it comes to business skills as well as keeping them informed with trend forecasts, interviews, profiles, news, reviews and product info.