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Award categories

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

With awards that celebrate business success, exceptional training, great workplaces, creative styling and HITO apprentices, 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.

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.

The Excellence in Marketing award celebrates a business that has delivered successful marketing initiatives that achieve significant results for their salon, spa, clinic or shop. 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 day-to-day running.

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 location, the winning business provides the perfect look and feel for its target market while being practical and fit-for-purpose for their team.

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

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. Four regional winners will be chosen prior to the event and then an overall winner will be announced on the night.

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.

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 who shows dedication, passion and commitment to their apprenticeship and the industry. The scholarship was set up by HITO and the McBeth family to honour HITO apprentice Jasmine McBeth, who completed her hairdressing apprenticeship whilst battling 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 on 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 Cover Shot, Colour Concept, Le Male and Derek Elvy Visionary awards.

Whilst this is an open category, the judges will be looking for a photographic image that could be used for the cover of a fashion magazine. The images should be fashion forward, and able to sell a total look, or convey a feeling to the person viewing the image.

The Le Male 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.

This award celebrates a colour concept that the judges deem as 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 2019) to celebrate the talent of the future of the industry.

The Hot Shot award is given to a 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 2019). It celebrates students by giving them a chance to showcase their creative talents.

This award celebrates the creative genius of the late Derek Elvy. Derek 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.

In this challenge, entrants are asked to use Patrick’s new Heritage Collection, which is the ultimate take on braiding techniques, to show the artistry of dressing long hair to create styles that are suitable for every occasion. The Heritage Collection 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.

In this challenge, entrants are asked to use Patrick’s new Heritage Collection, which is the ultimate take on braiding techniques, to show the artistry of dressing long hair to create styles that are suitable for every occasion. The Heritage Collection 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.

The Hairstylist of the Year award was first established in 1996 as a live competition to encourage and promote excellence in hairdressing. This year NZARH Host City competition winners, who have competed across disciplines including cutting, colouring, styling, and men’s and ladies design work, will showcase a photographic collection for the coveted title of Hairstylist of the year, enabling these winner to add the medium of photographic work to their skill set. To be eligible to enter this award a stylist must have competed in a NZARH Host City Competition and been named NZARH Hairstylist of the Year – Next Generation Stylist of that Host City competition.

The Hairstylist of the Year award was first established in 1996 as a live competition to encourage and promote excellence in hairdressing. This year NZARH Host City competition winners, who have competed across disciplines including cutting, colouring, styling, and men’s and ladies design work, will showcase a photographic collection for the coveted title of Hairstylist of the year, enabling these winner to add the medium of photographic work to their skill set. To be eligible to enter this award a stylist must have competed in a NZARH Host City Competition and been named NZARH Hairstylist of the Year – Senior Stylist of that Host City competition.

Important dates

20 May

Entries open.

30 August

Entries close.

End of September

Finalists announced.

10 November

Winners announced at The Industry Awards event in Wellington.

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