As Australia’s hair industry finally starts taking steps to reopen, rebuild and recover, Sunday 28 November saw the winners of the 2021 AHIA- Business categories announced on social media livestream as entrants watched on with anticipation. After an incredibly challenging 18 months and the disappointment of the cancelled awards gala event due to continued border uncertainty, it was time for these talented creatives to celebrate with their teams closer to home.

Launched in 2014 by esteemed media company Mocha Group, the AHIA- Business are the trusted national award platform which provide a benchmark of excellence across specialist, group and individual categories. The 2021 awards marked the largest number of entries ever received in the AHIA history across the 27 awards demonstrating the importance that this program has within the hair industry framework, pushing each and every hairdresser and salon owner to be their best on set, backstage and behind the chair.

Sponsors included some of the biggest brands in the industry including EVY, Timely, Wella, L’Oreal, Salon Lane, Excellent Edges, Revlon, Redken, Zing Project, Schwarzkopf, Shortcuts, Sustainable Salons, Kitomba, KMS, Goldwell, Private Label Dynamics, Hot Tools and DNA. The comprehensive list of expert judges includes Charles Marcus (Canada), Ruth Hunsley (UK), Faye Murry and Julie Bellinger-Gibb (UK) as well as media including Nicole Healy – Melbourne Hair Blogger, Samantha McMeekin – Beautyheaven, Amy Starr – Freelance Beauty Journalist, Louise May – Hair Biz and Clare Lamberth – Beauty Biz. This year’s judges all agreed that the calibre of the entries was outstanding.

Mocha’s Linda Woodhead was proud to see the industry rally yet again to cheer on their peers,

“Yet another awards gala cancellation couldn’t dampen our excitement and keeping in touch with all of our finalists via social media during the livestream announcement really felt like we were all together again. My hugest congratulations to all our deserving winners and you best believe that we will all make up for it at the 2022 AHIA’s as the industry finally reconnects.”




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Best Business Performance of the Year

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Foil Me


Salon Team Member of the Year

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Evie Golding, Rokstar


Salon Manager/Co-Ordinator of the Year

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Meagan O’Connor, Oscar Oscar Salons – Broadbeach


Business Director/Owner of the Year

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Amy Gaudie, Urban Chic


Sole Operator of the Year

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Nicole Kae


Salon Team of the Year

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Educator of the Year – Individual

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Jules Tognini


Educator of the Year – Organisation

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MIG Training


Best In Salon Training

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DiMattia & Co


Best Salon Design

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Allure The Salon


Best Marketing

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The Fox & The Hair


Best Customer Care

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Bond Hair Religion


Best Eco Salon

Sponsored By DNA Organics

Little Birdie Hair Co


Salon Business Newcomer of the Year

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State Salon Business of the Year NSW/ACT

Sponsored By Hot Tools

Bond Hair Religion


State Salon Business of the Year QLD

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Tigerlamb Coorparoo


State Salon Business of the Year SA/TAS

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SJ Establishment


State Salon Business of the Year VIC

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Oscar Oscar – Chadstone


State Salon Business of the Year WA/NT

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Circles of Hair



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Salon Depot


Special Recognition Award

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Leanne Cutler, Siren Marketing & Hair Shots 2 the World



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