2018 WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Following a full day of education and inspiration at the annual HairBiz Forum in Brisbane, a record crowd of over 600 guests celebrated in style in the Grand Plaza Ballroom at the BCEC on Grey Street, Brisbane at the 2018 Australian Hair Industry Awards (AHIA) Gala Dinner.

Following arrival drinks, resident MC Mr Will Fennell, guided the evening’s festivities with finesse and charm introducing each individual presenter representing their respective company for this multi sponsored event.

Opening entertainment was proved by Luke Kennedy of the Ten Tenors and The Voice, kicking off the evening with a standing ovation, to a delighted audience ready for the evening ahead, which has already become known as an absolute favourite on the hairdressing calendar of gala events.

Winners were announced in 23 categories including recipients of the 2018 Special Recognition Award – Excellent Edges and 2018 Vidal Sassoon Humanitarian – Jenni Tarrant.

The 2018 AHIA Hall of Fame Award was presented to Tracey Hughes an icon within the industry and well deserved for her many years of service and inspiration both here in Australia and on a global level.

Royals Hair, Hornsby, took out the top award - Australian Salon Business of the Year, chosen from the State Salon of the year winners and based on points and judging criteria.

In just five short years, the AHIA’s have cemented their position as the only business awards in the hair industry and are part of a hat trick of awards platforms owned by mocha publishing, including the ABIA’s (Australian Beauty Industry Awards) and the NEW AMIA’s (Australian Make Up Industry Awards) launched this year!

This year we have seen unprecedented growth both in the number or entrants, sponsors and guests to the gala dinner. Being recognised for business success is something salons are very proud of and the title of AHIA Winner allows them to enjoy great publicity bringing more business back into their salons,” said Linda Woodhead, owner of mocha publishing and founder of the AHIA’s. “We are very proud to facilitate these awards which really are for all salons, and each year we see such a high calibre of entrants along with many new names seeking well-deserved recognition. The gala dinner is a combination of celebration and entertainment that I feel honoured to be a part of.”

The 2018 HOT SHOTS team were also announced on the night following all finalists receiving their recognition trophy.

The evening ended with all guests taking to the dance floor to the sounds of the band "Virtuosity" and then it was off to the afterparty at the Charming Squire Bar.

WINNERS

Junior/Apprentice of the Year

SPONSORED BY EXCELLENT EDGES

Ingrid Wolff

Blow It's A Hair Thing


Salon Stylist of the Year

SPONSORED BY MATRIX

Cherie Falco

Kinky Curly Straight


Salon Manager of the Year

SPONSORED BY WELLA PROFESSIONALS

Nicola Casswell

Horse Meat Disco


Business Director/Owner of the Year

SPONSORED BY GOLDWELL

Dmitri Papas

Papas & Pace


Best Salon Design Award

SPONSORED BY AVEDA

Jakadjari Hair Australia


Best Customer Care Award

SPONSORED BY GLAMPALM

Rokstar


Best In Salon Training

SPONSORED BY EVY PROFESSIONAL

Tigerlamb


Best Marketing Award

SPONSORED BY SCHWARZKOPF PROFESSIONAL

The Fox & The Hair


Business Service of the Year

SPONSORED BY HAIRBIZ

Six Underground Media


National Wholesaler of the Year

SPONSORED BY AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIES

Salon Depot - QLD


Special Recognition Award

SPONSORED BY HAIRBIZ

Excellent Edges

Salon Team of the Year

SPONSORED BY L’OREAL PROFESSIONAL

Tigerlamb - Portside Salon


Best Barber Business of the Year

SPONSORED BY WAHL

Barber Boys - Barbery Salon


Best Franchised Salon

SPONSORED BY BRISBANE SCHOOL OF HAIRDRESSING

TONI&GUY - Perth Central


Newcomer of the Year

SPONSORED BY REDKEN

Tigerlamb - King Street Salon


Hall of Fame

SPONSORED BY REFECTOCIL

Tracey Hughes


Vidal Sassoon Humanitarian Award

SPONSORED BY BEAUTY GIVES BACK

Jenni Tarrant


STATE SALONS BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

NSW/ACT

SPONSORED BY DELORENZO

Royals Hair - Hornsby


QLD

SPONSORED BY WELLA PROFESSIONALS

Rokstar


SA

SPONSORED BY SUSTAINABLE SALONS AUSTRALIA

Blow It's a Hair Thing


VIC/TAS

SPONSORED BY MUK HAIRCARE

Rubi Hair – Richmond


WA/NT

SPONSORED BY MATRIX

Tyler Reid Hair


AUSTRALIAN SALON BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

SPONSORED BY MOCHA PUBLISHING

Royals Hair - Hornsby

The AHIA is proudly owned by mocha publishing


THANK YOU TO OUR AHIA SPONSORS