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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 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 apprentice, the Hairdressing Apprentice of the Year must show commitment to their training and the desire to improve in all areas, whilst demonstrating how they’d be a worthy ambassador for HITO and the industry.

Awarded to the best “all-round” beauty therapy apprentice, the Beauty Therapy Apprentice of the Year must show commitment to their training and the desire to improve in all areas, whilst demonstrating how they’d be a worthy ambassador for HITO and the industry.

Awarded to the best “all-round” barbering apprentice, the Barbering Apprentice of the Year must show commitment to their training and the desire to improve in all areas, whilst demonstrating how they’d be a worthy ambassador for HITO and the industry.

HITO and the McBeth family set up this scholarship to honor Jasmine’s passion, motivation and dedication to the hairdressing industry, before she sadly passed from cancer in 2007.

The Industry Trainer of the Year award acknowledges an individual who offers excellent training to a current HITO apprentice.

The Industry Assessor of the Year award acknowledges an individual who offers excellent service to HITO and our apprentices.

The Workplace of the Year is awarded to a barbershop, beauty clinic or hairdressing salon that offers exceptional training to HITO apprentices. The employer must show a strong commitment to training and qualifications and have an excellent record of training success in their business.

Creative awards

The Editorial Stylist awards are for New Zealand hairdressers who are H&BNZ (formerly NZARH) members and wanting to expand their personal brand through photographic competition success.

The winner of this award is selected from the winners of the Cover Shot, Colour Concept, and Derek Elvy Visionary awards.

The Editorial Barber awards are for New Zealand barbers who are H&BNZ members (formerlly NZARH) wanting to expand their personal brand through photographic competition success. Barbers demonstrate the ability to compliment and highlight masculine features through design, shape, styling and grooming. This category showcases expertise, dedication and mastery in men’s styling, barbering and grooming.

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.

This award celebrates the creative genius of the late Derek Elvy. Derek worked closely with H&BNZ (formerly 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 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 has been employed within the hairdressing industry for less than four years (as at 31 October 2021) to celebrate the talent of the future of the industry.

This award is open to H&BNZ (formerly NZARH) members who have been in the industry for less than 4 years. In this category we celebrate that New Zealand is a diverse island nation. We are influenced by our place in the sun and the people who inhabit Aotearoa.  Let your creativity flow and be inspired by amazing New Zealand fashion houses from the land down under.

This award is open to H&BNZ (formerly NZARH) members who have been in the industry for over 4 years. In this category we celebrate that New Zealand is a diverse island nation. We are influenced by our place in the sun and the people who inhabit Aotearoa.  Let your creativity flow and be inspired by amazing New Zealand fashion houses from the land down under.

This award is open to H&BNZ (formerly NZARH) members only. In this category we celebrate that New Zealand is a diverse island nation. We are influenced by our place in the sun and the people who inhabit Aotearoa.  Let your creativity flow and be inspired by amazing New Zealand fashion houses from the land down under.

The Hot Shot – New Talent award is given to a stylist who is a H&BNZ member or enrolled in a full-time course at an H&BNZ (formerly NZARH) member training provider and has been in the industry for less than 12 months (as at 31 October 2021). It celebrates students by giving them a chance to showcase their creative talents.

The Hot Shot – New Talent award is given to a barber who is enrolled in a full-time barbering course at an H&BNZ (formerly NZARH) member Training Provider and has been in the industry for less than 12 months (as at 31 October 2021). It celebrates students by giving them a chance to showcase their creative talents.

This particular award is given to a barber who has been employed within the barber industry for less than four years (as at 31 October 2021) to celebrate the talent of the future of the industry.

This award is an Instagram challenge set by internationally acclaimed barber Matt Brown. Barbers create fashion forward looks that draw inspiration from popular culture, ethnic backgrounds, fashion trends and music, new and recycled. This award is open to H&BNZ members (formerly NZARH) who have been in the industry for less than 4 years. In this challenge, barbers are asked to create a look that is influenced by 90's hip hop. Matt wants to see creativity, shape, technical ability and a “wow factor”: a look that draws inspiration from the trends of 90's hip hop but is made fresh with a 2020's focus.

This award is an Instagram challenge set by internationally acclaimed barber Matt Brown. Barbers create fashion forward looks that draw inspiration from popular culture, ethnic backgrounds, fashion trends and music, new and recycled. This award is open to H&BNZ members (formerly NZARH) who have been in the industry for over 4 years. In this challenge, barbers are asked to create a look that is influenced by 90's hip hop. Matt wants to see creativity, shape, technical ability and a “wow factor”: a look that draws inspiration from the trends of 90's hip hop but is made fresh with a 2020's focus.

 

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