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The Industry Awards categories

The Industry Awards recognise the best business, training and creative talent in New Zealand’s hair, beauty and barbering industries.

With awards for business success, exceptional training, great workplaces, HITO apprentices and creative styling there’s a category for every hairdresser, barber or beauty therapist to enter.

Business awards

The New Zealand Hair Salon of the Year award celebrates a hair or barbering business that is at the top of its game and displays all-round strong performance. With a focus on planning and success, the winner of this award clearly achieves phenomenal results in their overall business numbers and growth.

New Zealand Beauty Salon of the Year
Sponsored by The NZ Association of Registered Beauty Professionals

The New Zealand Beauty Salon of the Year award celebrates a beauty business that is clearly excelling and displays all-round strong performance. With a focus on planning and success, the winner of this award clearly achieves phenomenal results in their overall business numbers and growth.

Excellence in Marketing
Sponsored by Oxipay

The Excellence in Marketing award celebrates a business that has delivered successful marketing initiatives that achieve significant results for their business. The winner of this award demonstrates planning, innovation, creativity and a clear understanding of their target market.

The Sustainable Salon of the Year award celebrates a business with a clear focus on sustainable practices which are an integral part of their everyday business.

The Best Salon Design award celebrates a business that perfectly balances both form and function within their salon, spa, clinic or barbershop. From interior design to floor plan and salon location, the winning salon provides the perfect look and feel for its target market while being practical and fit-for-purpose for their team.

Top Performing Stylist of the Year
Sponsored by L'Oreal

In this award the judges are looking for a stylist or barber that consistently and successfully delivers on key business measures as well as providing exceptional service to their clients.

Training awards

Apprentice of the Year
Sponsored by NZPrint

Awarded to the best “all-round” hairdressing, barbering, or beauty therapy HITO apprentice, who shows commitment to their training and the desire to improve in all areas. Six regional winners will be chosen prior to the event and then an overall winner will be announced on the night.

Workplace of the Year
Sponsored by Telesmart

This award recognises salons or barbershops that are committed to the attraction, retention and happiness of staff members, and offer exceptional training to HITO apprentices.

Industry Trainer of the Year
Sponsored by Learning Planet

This Award acknowledges an individual who offers excellent training to HITO apprentices. It is open to trainers in hairdressing, barbering and beauty businesses, including commercial product company trainers who have worked with HITO apprentices.

This scholarship is awarded to a hairdressing apprentice showing dedication, passion and commitment to their HITO apprenticeship and their hairdressing career to come. The scholarship is named after an apprentice who completed her hairdressing apprenticeship despite struggling with cancer.

Creative awards

The Editorial Stylist awards are for New Zealand hairdressers who are NZARH members and wanting to expand their personal brand through photographic competition success. Whilst the focus should be hair, ultimately the judges will be asked to choose a fashion forward editorial shot that is current or progressive. 

The winner of this award is selected from the winners of the Colour Concept, Next Generation, Le Male and Derek Elvy Visionary awards.

The Editorial Stylist awards are for New Zealand hairdressers who are NZARH members and wanting to expand their personal brand through photographic competition success. This award celebrates a colour concept that the judges deem as a fashion forward editorial shot that is current or progressive.

The Editorial Stylist awards are for New Zealand hairdressers who are NZARH members and wanting to expand their personal brand through photographic competition success. This award celebrates an editorial shot using a male model. It must also be a fashion forward shot that is current or progressive and suitable for the front cover of a magazine.

The Editorial Stylist awards are for New Zealand hairdressers who are NZARH members and wanting to expand their personal brand through photographic competition success. Whilst the focus should be on hair, ultimately the judges will be asked to choose a fashion forward editorial shot that is current or progressive. This particular award is given to a stylist who’s been employed within the hairdressing industry for less than four years (as at 31 October 2018) to celebrate the talent of the future of the industry.

The Editorial Stylist awards are for New Zealand hairdressers who are NZARH members and wanting to expand their personal brand through photographic competition success. Whilst the focus should be on hair, ultimately the judges will be asked to choose a fashion forward editorial shot that is current or progressive. This particular award is given to stylist who is enrolled in a full time course at an NZARH member Training Provider and has been in the industry for less than 12 months (as at 31 October 2018). It celebrates students by giving them a chance to showcase their creative talents.

This award is open to NZARH members only and celebrates the creative genius of the late Derek Elvy. He worked closely with NZARH on the brief and overall concept of the award. Derek’s instructions are that entrants should create a photographic image that is beautiful but arresting, contemporary and directional and have a technical challenge to it.

This award is open to NZARH members only and in this challenge entrants are asked to use Patrick’s new collection to create one of two different commercial looks that a customer would feel happy wearing out of the salon; Easy Classics and Easy Ponytails. Easy Classics and Easy Ponytails is about inspiring salon hairdressers, who have been in the industry for under 4 years, to make more of their long hair services in the salon.

This award is open to NZARH members only and in this challenge, entrants are asked to use Patrick’s new collection to create one of two different commercial looks that a customer would feel happy wearing out of the salon; Easy Classics and Easy Ponytails. Easy Classics and Easy Ponytails is about inspiring salon hairdressers, who have been in the industry for over 4 years, to make more of their long hair services in the salon.

Important dates

14 May

Entries open.

31 August

Entries close.

28 September

Finalists announced.

11 November

Winners announced at The Industry Awards event in Auckland.

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