Interview with Tayla’d Styling – winner of the New Zealand Hair Salon of the Year award

How does it feel to be the winner of the New Zealand Hair Salon of the Year award?

It feels surreal, it was a major goal of ours so we’ve been celebrating lots! We took the whole team down to Wellington, partied and made sure we had a really good couple of days away. It’s nice having the trophies in the salon as well, because not only are we celebrating but our clients have been as well. They’ve been so supportive - it’s been so cute to hear their excitement as well.

What is the underlying philosophy of Tayla’d Styling?

Well, it’s pretty much in our name, we’re tailored for you. When I first started out I wanted to ensure everything would be tailored for the individual, for both my team and my clients. I’ve been in the industry for 17 years and in that time I’ve learnt how to do that well. We’ve adapted a 7 step client journey that has proven to be really effective. We also send out Survey Monkey forms to new and regular clientele. This ensures we’re hitting the mark and keeping high standards all the time. 

I think a lot of the time it comes down to the relationships you build between yourself, your clients and the team. We have a high level of trust, everyone is honest and open, so we’re able to improve and tailor everything. It’s so important to choose a good team, I ensure before I hire anyone that their values align with mine and those of the business. We’re very open with communication, we talk one on one daily and have performance reviews every 4 months. This ensures I know whether they feel like they’re heading in the right direction. It’s important to me that my team and I have a work-life balance. Flexibility in the workplace and in their career is what my girls are wanting at the moment. Things like taking all public holidays off and having every second Saturday off if they want it, means they’ll be getting the rest they need so they can come in to the salon ready to work hard. Some salons will be open every public holiday, but getting a break is a priority for us. It’s all about balance, listening and communicating honestly.

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Can you tell us more about your business journey? How did you become so successful and is there anything you would change?

I started the business just over 5 years ago when I wanted a change of lifestyle. I had been working on the North Shore my entire career, and after moving to the Hibiscus Coast I decided I didn’t want to travel any further than I had to. So I decided I was going to create a life for myself and my family up here, and then I designed my own workplace and systems to establish that.

I think that what makes the business successful is the desire to be successful, continually educating, creating great systems, and making sure they work for me, my clients and my team. The hair industry is forever evolving, I can never get bored of making my clients and team members feel great.

I wouldn’t actually change anything, to be honest. All the highs and all the struggles we’ve had have shaped us into the team we are today

What does next year look like for you?

It looks like it’s going to be a big one! We have new goals in place already. Every Friday we have a meeting, we’ve been discussing the goals we want to reach and maintain in the next year, so watch this space! We want to maintain NZ Hair Salon of the Year, and we’re going to enter a few more awards as well.

If you could give one piece of advice to other salon, spa and clinic owners, what would it be?

To make sure they have balance with their work-life and family. Salon owners all work really hard, it’s easy to end up putting yourself last. But when you’re at your best you produce the best results.

Can you share with us why you entered The Industry Awards?

It was actually because my business coach told me too! Pip Simmons from Bamboo Consulting was honestly amazing. Two years ago she told me I should enter, she really amped me up, and once I did it I became so goal-driven. We first entered 2 years ago and got into the top 5 for two categories, which then gave us the drive to enter again and smash our goals. It’s also a really great way to look at your business.

Entering The Industry Awards has helped by making me stop and evaluate ourselves and our systems. It also just gives us the drive to want to achieve more. The event is great and the companies that created it do such a good job, it’s nice to have an event like that in NZ. I’m so happy it exists, the whole team looks forward to it. 

Interview with Best Salon Design winner – Iron and Ivy Hair and Beauty

How does it feel to be the winner of the Best Salon Design award?

Iron and Ivy first opened its doors in May 2019, so to be considered as a finalist for The Industry Awards and then take home the Best Salon Design award has been such an achievement for us! It has been an amazing shared experience for myself, my team and our fantastic design team. Paul Haswell of Hazweld Bespoke Steel fabrication has been especially helpful, he created our core statement eight-station table piece and bought my dream to life. To win this award means a lot to us as we’re a small business starting out and we're looking forward to partaking in The Industry Awards in the future.

Why did you redesign your salon?

We are a new salon set in a rapidly growing part of the country (Queenstown), so we wanted to be the first to introduce a modern, fresh, city-sophisticated and high-end hair and beauty studio as part of the evolution of Queenstown becoming a city. Our space is a true destination salon, set above the streets of Queenstown, where a client can relax away from the busy hustle of the new town centre and enjoy a premium experience.

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What was the inspiration behind the design?

I wanted to design a space around the concept of duality. Iron and Ivy is a representation of this concept, marrying elemental aspects of metal and nature within our physical space is reflective of this inspiration. The elemental aspects of metal and industry (Iron) is steadfast, strong and unwavering in its determination. Nature (Ivy) continually grows and seeks out the sunlight to proudly display its beauty. Each aspect of our studio communicates this duality to our clients. This is especially reflected in our core functional station art piece which combines 500kg of pure cold steel with warm Spanish Oak sourced from one tree.

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What was the design process like?

Fun and stressful! I spent a lot of time creating mood boards and drawing out aspects of the salon that I wanted, some of which seemed impossible at the time but are now a reality. I wanted to create a space that was not only enjoyable to look at as a representation of art, but also a place where a client could physically become part of the inspiration behind the design. The design was crucial but I also wanted to create a natural flow and provide the best possible experience for both our clients and team alike.

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How does the design of your salon represent your brand and your clients?

We wanted to create a sensation of secrecy and exclusivity around Iron and Ivy as a brand, so when we were looking for a location we decided to choose a space that was above ground and away from the busy street. We have very affluent and influential clientele, so when thinking about their need for privacy and discretion, we wanted a place they could relax and enjoy their hair service which wasn't a street frontage location. A successful businesswoman doesn't want to be seen with a full head of foils through a store window, so this was paramount for us.

What is the best thing about your salon?

My team is the best thing about Iron and Ivy! But if we're talking specifically about the design, then it has to be our table. It has been in my dreams for years, it took us months to create and locate the best in steel and wood to bring it to life. It truly is one of a kind.

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What would you say to salons considering entering the business awards in the future?

Go for it! We have only been in business for six months and were considered a finalist for The Industry Awards Best Salon Design and Excellence in Marketing categories. If you've created a beautiful salon for you and your team that you're proud of and that your clients love then you should enter and share this with your peers.

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Would you recommend entering The Industry Awards to other salons, spas and clinics, and why?

I would definitely recommend The Industry Awards to other salons, spas and clinics. The experience of taking part and showcasing your talent to your peers is an amazing shared experience - it's not just about winning an award, it’s about meeting other people in the industry and gaining inspiration from the beautiful work they create. We're looking forward to entering into some of the creative categories next year!

The best in hair, beauty and barbering announced at The Industry Awards 2019

New Zealand’s top hair and beauty professionals were recognised for their creativity, dedication and business skills at The Industry Awards last night, held at Te Papa in Wellington.

The Industry Awards are hosted annually by the New Zealand Association of Registered Hairdressers (NZARH), Kitomba Salon and Spa Software and the New Zealand Hair and Beauty Industry Training Organisation (HITO). 

With 20 awards, there was much to celebrate. In accepting their awards many shared their love of their industries and their supportive teams and clients.

New Zealand Hair Salon of the Year: Tayla’d Styling, Hibiscus Coast

This prestigious award celebrates a hair or barbering business that is at the top of its game and displays all-round strong performance. 

The judges thought Tayla’d Styling’s entry showcased examples of excellent strategic planning, as well as outstanding results over the past year. They believe that it is the  determination and passion of owner Tayla Carpenter that is the key to the business’s success.

Tayla also won the Top Performing Stylist of the Year award this year.  

“To win and to be recognized in the industry for our hardwork and dedication is such an amazing feeling and really overwhelming.

I truly couldn't achieve this without my incredible team members who are the backbone of our salon, brand partners such as Matrix for our opportunities and support, and Kitomba for making it easy for me to see everything clearly with our numbers and marketing, and of course the support of our family, friends and our loyal clients.

I would recommend entering to everyone, it's a great way to look at your business more thoroughly and to celebrate your achievements, as well to pre plan your goals for the next year ahead.

I'm so grateful and feel honoured to have received two awards, these were major goals we hit last night. Thank you for the opportunity to have an event like this to attend, I'm looking forward to next year.”

Apprentice of the Year: Vienna More, Clipjoint and Co. (Christchurch)

The Apprentice of the Year award goes to the best “all-round” hairdressing, barbering, or beauty therapy apprentice. The apprentice must show commitment to their training and the desire to improve in all areas.

Judges said winner Vienna Moore, chosen from four regional winners across New Zealand, is a great example of a hardworking apprentice. “Not only was it clear a lot of thought had gone into this entry, but it was a great, original and creative read!”

New Zealand Beauty Salon of the Year: Puravida Beauty, Wellington

This award celebrates a beauty business that is clearly excelling and achieves phenomenal results in their overall business numbers and growth. 

The judges were impressed by Puravida beauty’s clear focus on their goals, and the strategies they’ve put in place to achieve them. 

Owner, Sherri-lee Scholtz said “I am so thankful to The Industry Awards and the sponsors of the event, for allowing us to come together and celebrate the hair and beauty industry. I am so beyond grateful and still a little shocked about our win. 

A big thank you to my amazing clients for their loyalty and support, without them we would be nothing, thank-you to Holly my staff member, my suppliers, my friends and family for always having my back, and to my daughter, Callie, for  being my biggest cheerleader with love, support and a smile!”

Jasmine McBeth Memorial Scholarship: Tee Tupara, Cremebrulee Hair and Beauty, Taupo

The Jasmine McBeth Memorial Scholarship was set up in memory of HITO apprentice, Jasmine McBeth who completed her hairdressing apprenticeship whilst battling cancer, but sadly passed in 2007.

Her parents, Denise and Murray McBeth used the money she had saved for her business to create this scholarship. It’s awarded to a hairdressing apprentice that demonstrates dedication, passion and commitment to their training and career.

The judges said this year’s winner, Tee Tupara not only had an outstanding application but also a clear passion for hairdressing, outstanding work ethic and desire to succeed. “Tee is a great role model for the next generation.

Editorial Stylist of the Year: Kylie Hayes, Moha Hairdressing, Dunedin

Kylie Hayes took home four awards last night. She was the winner of the Editorial Stylist of the Year - Colour Concept, Editorial Stylist of the Year - Cover Shot, Editorial Stylist of the Year - Derek Elvy Visionary Award and the overall Editorial Stylist of the Year. 

“Thank you, you have once again provided us with a platform that allows us all to shine, an outlet for us to tell our individual story, be artists and share our creativity with one another.

I’m truly thankful to be recognised by an internationally acclaimed judging panel, alongside my industry peers, to all the other finalists congratulations we are all winners in the end. 

I dedicate this win to all the hardworking mothers of our industry and incredible husbands that support us on our journey.”

The Industry Awards Winners 2019


Industry Trainer of the Year: Cathy Davys, Vivo Hair and Beauty, Wellington
Workplace of the Year: Absolute Hair, Waikanae
Jasmine McBeth Memorial Scholarship: Tee Tupara, Cremebrulee Hair and Beauty, Taupo
Apprentice of the Year: Vienna Moore, Clipjoint & Co, Christchurch


New Zealand Hair Salon of the Year: Tayla'd Styling, Hibiscus Coast
New Zealand Beauty Salon of the Year: Puravida Beauty, Wellington
Excellence in Marketing: Reds Hairdressing, Porirua
Sustainable Salon of the Year: Scout, Wellington
Best Salon Design (Joint winners): Iron + Ivy, Queenstown & Megan Nicole Hair Design, Christchurch
Top Performing Stylist of the Year: Tayla Carpenter - Tayla’d Styling, Hibiscus Coast


Derek Elvy Visionary Award: Kylie Hayes, Moha Hairdressing, Dunedin
Patrick Cameron Under 4 Years in the Industry: Ashleigh Mullacrane, House of Hair, Gisborne
Patrick Cameron Over 4 Years in the Industry: Caren Mackay, Invercargill
Editorial Stylist of the Year: Kylie Hayes, Moha Hairdressing, Dunedin
Editorial Stylist of the Year - Colour Concept: Kylie Hayes, Moha Hairdressing, Dunedin
Editorial Stylist of the Year - Cover Shot: Kylie Hayes, Moha Hairdressing, Dunedin
Editorial Stylist of the Year - Le Male: Rachel Elmiger, Mancraft, Taupo
Editorial Stylist of the Year - Next Generation Stylist: Hlawn Nawl, Buoy Spa and Beauty, Wellington
Editorial Stylist of the Year - Hot Shot New Talent Stylist: Shayla Mcdougall, KN Colab, New Plymouth
Hair Stylist of the Year - Next Generation: Teighan Robinson, Vivo Hair and Beauty, Invercargill
Hair Stylist of the Year - Senior Stylist: Ronda Shaskey, Nspyre Red Boutique Hair Lounge, Christchurch

Winners and top placed creative entries

The Industry Awards team is thrilled to announce not only the winners of this year's creative awards but also the second, third and fourth place in some categories! Check out all the top placed looks below.



What to expect at The Industry Awards 2019

Whether you’ve attended the Industry Awards before or this year will be your first time, here’s the low down on what to expect!

Where and when

We’re excited to be hosting The Industry Awards at Te Papa Museum of New Zealand in Wellington on November 10th.

The event starts at 6:30pm and we encourage you to arrive on time to ensure you make the most of your evening!

What to expect

The Industry Awards is a glamorous event celebrating the best business, training and creative talent in the New Zealand hair, beauty and barbering industries. You can expect an incredible experience to match! 

Your ticket to The Industry Awards includes an evening of celebration, entertainment, drinks, delicious food and the opportunity to catch up with everyone in the industry. When you arrive, you’ll be treated to drinks and delicious canapes until the ceremony starts at 7pm. There’ll be a break around 8pm to give you a chance to enjoy your dinner and chat with everyone at the event – not just the ten people at your table. After all the awards have all been announced, the DJ will start the music! The dance floor will be open until 11.30pm.

Dress code

The Industry Awards is your opportunity to dress to impress! Every year we love seeing how glam everyone is as they arrive.  

The dress code is cocktail, so suits and ties, party dresses, or fancy skirts and tops.

What to bring

There are a few things you won’t want to forget:

  • Your team. Take the opportunity to spend time with your team outside of the salon, spa or shop and really celebrate your success. If you’re not based in Wellington, make a weekend of it!
  • Your tickets. Print them out or bring them on your phone. Having your tickets makes everything a lot quicker and easier for you and for us.
  • Your wonderful personality. Come prepared to socialise and dance the night away.


Congratulations once again to our finalists from The Industry Awards team! 

If you’re a finalist, you’ll need to purchase tickets for you and your guests (if you haven’t already) so you can celebrate together.

If you win an award, we’ll call you on stage to accept it. A professional photographer will take a photo of the winner and their trophy off stage.

Travel and accommodation

We hope you’re already making arrangements for your travel and stay in Wellington. Make sure you book as soon as possible if you haven’t already. Grab a seat and Wotif usually have great deals.

What to do in Wellington

If you’re making a weekend of it, there are so many things you can do in Wellington:

Hopefully you’re feeling ready for The Industry Awards. We can’t wait to see you all there to enjoy this superb celebration!

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Photographs of the creative finalist entries

The Industry Awards team is thrilled to announce not only the winners of this year's creative awards but also the second, third and fourth place in some categories! Check out all the top placed looks below.



The Industry Awards 2019 finalists

The 2019 finalists have been announced for The Industry Awards, celebrating top talent in New Zealand’s hair, beauty and barbering industries.

An unparalleled number of entries were received for the awards this year, which recognise business success, exceptional training, creative skills and excellent apprentices.

Winners will be announced on November 10th at the annual glamourous ceremony, at Te Papa in Wellington. 

The awards are jointly hosted by the New Zealand Hair and Beauty Industry Training Organisation (HITO), Kitomba Salon & Spa Software and the New Zealand Association of Registered Hairdressers (NZARH).

The Industry Awards 2019 finalists

Business Awards

New Zealand Beauty Salon of the Year

  • Studio 31
  • Alluminus Beauty
  • Urban Sanctuary Day Spa
  • Pania Ryan Beauty Retreat
  • Puravida Beauty

New Zealand Hair Salon of the Year

  • Aurum Hairstylists & Barbers
  • Tayla’d Styling
  • Fox Hair Blonde Bar
  • Glamour Hair Boutique
  • Vivo Hair Salon – George St Dunedin

Top Performing Stylists of the Year

  • Tayla Carpenter – Tayla’d Styling
  • Mandy Taylor – Zaibatsu, Hair Art
  • Seamus Karam – Whalley – Vivo Hair and Beauty (Anglesea)
  • Renee Letcher – Fox Hair Blonde Bar
  • Brenda Wereta – Colors Hair Company
  • Peter Emery – Vivo Hair Salon

Excellence in Marketing

  • Iron and Ivy Hair
  • Absolute Hair
  • Reds Hairdressing
  • Pania Ryan Beauty Retreat
  • Vivo Hair & Beauty

Sustainable Salon of the Year

  • Scout Hair
  • Mancraft Barbers
  • Tayla’d Styling
  • Reds Hairdressing
  • Cocoon Hair Design

Best Salon Design

  • Iron and Ivy Hair
  • Megan Nicole Hair Design
  • Absolute Hair
  • BHB Barbershop
  • Cocoon Hair Design

Training Awards

Apprentice of the Year

  • Grace Wilkinson – Biba (Northern)
  • Tee Tupara – Cremebrulee Hair and Beauty (Northern Central)
  • Eilish Mooney – Buoy Salon and Spa (Central)
  • Vienna Moore – Clip Joint (Southern)

Workplace of the Year

  • Patricia Ross – Ross & Co Hair Design
  • Shannon Dowd – Zibido Hair
  • Kirsten Kennish – Absolute Hair

Industry Trainer of the Year

  • Shannon Dowd – Zibido Hair
  • Chrissy De Mey – Vivo
  • Cathy Davys – Vivo Tory Street

Jasmine McBeth Memorial Scholarship

  • Jarod Fisher – Zurri Hairdressing
  • Sharni Melville – Shine Hair Co
  • Tee Tupara – Cremebrulee Hair and Beauty

Creative Awards 

Editorial Stylist of the Year – Colour Concept

  • Alysha Ellis – Zibido (Hamilton)
  • Anthony Bayer – Anthony Bayer Hair (Auckland)
  • Holly Saunders – Saunders Hairdressing (Otago)
  • Kylie Hayes – Moha (Dunedin)
  • Liana King – Zen Hair (Dunedin)
  • Melissa Erskine – Vivo Hair and Beauty (Nelson)
  • Patreece Corban – Mancraft Barbers (Taupo)
  • Shayna Thompson – Vivo Hair and Beauty (Christchurch)

Editorial Stylist of the Year – Le Male

  • Anthony Bayer – Anthony Bayer Hair (Auckland)
  • Ashleigh Murray – KN Colab (New Plymouth)
  • Ben Tuetue – The Barber Lounge (Christchurch)
  • Eilish Mooney – Buoy (Wellington)
  • Fleur Devonshire – Fleur Devonshire Hair Collective (New Plymouth)
  • Julien Debaveye – Mancraft Barbers (Taupo
  • Patreece Corban – Mancraft Barbers (Taupo)
  • Rachel Elmiger – Mancraft Barbers (Taupo)

Editorial Stylist of the Year – Cover Shot

  • Anthony Bayer – Anthony Bayer Hair (Auckland)
  • Chinney Yeap – Buoy (Wellington)
  • Jaimee Smith – Ukiyo (Dunedin)
  • Kiri Roberts – Mane Salon (Wellington)
  • Kylie Hayes – Moha (Dunedin)
  • Melissa Erskine – Vivo Hair and Beauty (Nelson)
  • Michael Beel – Buoy (Wellington)
  • Patreece Corban – Mancraft Barbers (Taupo)
  • Shannon Dowd – Zibido (Hamilton)
  • Wei Jiang – Buoy (Wellington)

Editorial Stylist of the Year – Hot Shot – New Talent

  • Liadan Robson-Tonga – BHB Academy (Palmerston North)
  • Paige Tiddy – BHB Academy (Palmerston North)
  • Shayla Mcdougall – KN Hair Colab (New Plymouth)
  • Shey Skews – Salon CentreStage (Wellington)

Editorial Stylist of the Year – Next Generation Stylist

  • Ashleigh Murray – KN Colab (New Plymouth)
  • Ben Tuetue – The Barber Lounge (Christchurch)
  • Gracie Nisbet – Mphosis Hair Studio (Hastings)
  • Hlawn Nawl -Buoy (Wellington)
  • Olivia Haimes – Cremebrulee Hair and Beauty (Taupo)
  • Ronica Samang – Buoy (Wellington)
  • Savanna Ferrel – Mane Salon (Wellington)

Editorial Stylist of the Year – Derek Elvy Visionary Award

  • Corey McNicholl – BHB Academy (Palmerston North)
  • Kylie Hayes – Moha (Dunedin)
  • Mandy Taylor – Zaibatsu Hair Art (Dunedin)
  • Michael Beel – Buoy (Wellington)
  • Olivia Haimes – Cremebrulee Hair and Beauty (Taupo)
  • Shannon Dowd – Zibido (Hamilton)
  • Wei Jiang – Buoy (Wellington)

Patrick Cameron Instagram Challenge – Under 4 years in the Industry

  • Natalie Harper – BHB Academy (Palmerston North)
  • Claire Whyte – Hair Apart (Cromwell)
  • Ashleigh Mullacrane – House of Hair (Gisborne)

Patrick Cameron Instagram Challenge – Over 4 years in the Industry

  • Caren Mackay (Invercargill)
  • Ashleigh George – House of Hair (Gisborne)

Hairstylist of the Year – Next Generation Stylist

  • Corey McNicholl – BHB Academy (Palmerston North)
  • Natallie Knox – Zibido Hair (Hamilton)
  • Teighan Robinson – Vivo Hair and Beauty (Invercargill)

Hairstylist of the Year – Senior Stylist

  • Liana King – Zen Hair (Dunedin)
  • Mel Stevenson (Palmerston North)
  • Ronda Shaskey – Nspyre Red (Christchurch)
  • Shannon Dowd – Zibido (Hamilton)

Catching up with a few of last year’s winners

MPhosis Team

Last year, The Industry Awards saw the biggest turnout in entries and attendees in its history, and the addition of NZARH’s Creative category brought lots more winners to the table!

We thought we’d take a trip down memory lane and have a chat with some of last year’s winners. It was particularly nice to see their Industry Awards winner stickers proudly displayed in their windows. 

We asked Natasha Bird, MPhosis, how it felt to win the title of Industry Trainer of the Year:  

“I’d say it’s the proudest I’ve ever been of anything I’ve won. It’s about taking care of the next generation. It’s not 100% about me, it’s about the future and that’s why we were all so excited!”

Natasha said: “The most amazing thing has been the impact on the clients we already have. They’ve always loved the fact we have apprentices. For them, it’s amazing to see that the people taking care of them and their hair are being trained well.”

Natasha was so proud to be named Industry Trainer of the Year, she had a bespoke sticker made to fit the window at MPhosis. Go Natasha!

The Reds Hairdressing team at the Industry Awards event

Diana Beaufort, Reds Hairdressing, winner of Workplace of the Year loved having all the team at the Awards. “It was such a big buzz for them to be part of that team. It was a win for everyone – you can’t have the Workplace of the Year without a fantastic team and fantastic clients, now can you?”

When asked about the effect the win had on her salon, Diana said:

“Winning just showed that we are doing the right thing and it just makes you want to get better at what we’re already doing. We’re never going to let our standards drop!”

The Mancraft Barbers team

When we asked Patreece Corban, Mancraft Barbers, about her win, she said:

“We were extremely proud to be awarded Best Salon Design Winner 2018. We achieved our vision by not compromising on the fit out. We spent months planning and wanted to create an authentic customer experience.” 

She went on to tell us what the win meant for the business: “Our innovative, new age barbershop has only been open for 14 months and our win has given our shop a lot of exposure. We have clients that travel to Mancraft just so they can have the ‘boys club’ experience with a grooming den.”

When asked about the ongoing benefits of winning at The Industry Awards, winner of the New Zealand Hair Salon of the Year, Dave Rogers, Fox Hair Blonde Bar said:

“It has strengthened the Fox brand and also supports our vision of where we want to be in the market place. Most of all it has given our team a sense of pride and ownership of their success, which has resulted in consistency and demand for appointments in the salon.”

Kylie Hayes, Moha

The introduction of last year’s Creative category gave our industries the opportunity to show off their originality. Kylie Hayes, Moha, winner of last year’s Colour Concept award said:

“To be recognised amongst your industry peers is always such a rewarding feeling. We’re so fortunate to be in such a fabulous industry, built on trust and relationships”.

Courtney Taylor, Buoy

Another Creative winner was Courtney Taylor, Buoy, who won with the Derek Elvy Visionary Award. Courtney said:

“Being one of Derek’s apprentices, I had a lot of pride in entering this category and winning was the icing on the cake. I think it’s inspired some of the younger apprentices to try and do something different when they enter this year.”

We can’t wait to see the creativity, hard work and style this year’s competition brings!

10 years of The Industry Awards

We’re extra excited about The Industry Awards this year, as 2019 marks the 10th year of Kitomba, HITO and NZARH coming together to celebrate the best in the hair, beauty and barbering industry.

Let’s revisit the past 10 years of The Industry Awards, and see how we’ve grown and changed into the wonderful event you know today!

The first year of The Industry Awards

Although Kitomba, HITO and NZARH had been recognising hair, beauty and barbering excellence in other forms, 2010 was the first year that the separate awards came together to form The Industry Awards. The first Industry Awards included NZARH competitions, Supreme Awards announcements, seminars, and an awards dinner. It was held in Christchurch and after some last minute changes to the venue following the earthquake, it was a full weekend of exciting activities.

A range of new awards

The awards categories themselves have changed over time as The Industry Awards strives to celebrate all areas of the industry. In 2011 we created a new award for the Trainer of the Year, and in 2013 the Sustainable Salon of the Year award was added. Training awards criteria changed in 2014 to welcome beauty entrants into the training awards. The Best Salon Design award was added in 2015 – to expand the meaning of business success beyond just the books.

Big changes for The Industry Awards

2018 saw an exciting change to the awards, with the addition of the Creative Awards categories. The HITO Training Awards and Kitomba NZARH Business Awards, formerly under The Industry Awards umbrella, also officially left their old names behind to be known only as The Industry Awards. This was the first year of The Industry Awards as we know them today, as one cohesive celebration of business, training and creative success in the hair, beauty and barbering industries.

10 years later

The Industry Awards have changed a lot over the years, always improving and adding new categories to celebrate the amazing people and business in our industry. It’s been an incredible journey so far, and we can’t wait to see what changes the future will bring!

We look forward to celebrating 10 years of The Industry Awards this November in Wellington and we hope to see you there!

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