Following an incredibly successful HAIRBIZ FORUM on Sunday 29thApril the 2018 HOT SHOTS Winners were announced at the 5thAustralian Hair Industry Awards (AHIA) Gala Dinner event

Now in its 7thyear and judged by members of the media and award winning national and international hairdressers and educators, the standard once again was inspiring. Exclusively for hairdressers under the age of 30, judges were looking for talent, creativity and unrivalled passion.

All finalists received a recognition trophy and the four winners were announced by sponsors Ludovic Dellazzerri, ghd, Jackie Pearson – Wella Professionals, Pete Walstab - Excellent Edges and Ariana Mantzaris – Amazing hair.

Each member of the Hot Shots team wins a full range of Electrical products from ghd, a full styling kit from Wella Professionals, $4000 worth of Excellent Edges Scissors and a full hair extension session styling kit from Amazing Hair. Coverage in Hair Biz Magazine is included as well as a 3 day stay in the famous HOT SHOTS House following Hair Expo to spend coveted one-on-one time with iconic mentors. Over the past 6 years the Hot Shots House has hosted invited guests that have included Anthony Mascolo, Errol Douglas, Eden Sassoon, Vince Piccolotto, Stacey Broughton, Dennis Langford, Tracey Hughes, Sharon Blain, Brad Ngata, Sarah Laidlaw, Sam Overton, Lee Cohen, Stevie English, Dario Cotroneo, Geoffrey Herberg, Uros Mikic and many more!

This year, is the addition of a very special prize and experience which will include mentoring and a photo shoot form the one and only awards wining photographer, Andrew O’Toole, which will take place later in the year!

The 2018 Creative Director has also been announced as Brodie-Lee Stubbins!

A Huge Congratulations goes to all of the finalists and winners!


The Fashionista: Travis Bandiera – Royals Hair

The Visionary: Nikki Porter – Rubi Hair

Rising Star Female: Amanda O’Connor – Papas & Pace

Rising Star Male: Ryan King - Togninis