Hair and beauty’s best announced at The Industry Awards 2018 

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 the Cordis Hotel in Auckland. 

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). Over 350 people attended the ceremony, which included NZARH’s creative photographic awards for the first time this year.

With 36 award winners there was much to celebrate. In accepting their awards many shared their love of their industries and admiration for their peers.

Editorial Stylist of the Year: Natasha KingInvercargill 

Judge and four time winner of Australian Hairdresser of the Year Joey Scandizzo said he and the other judges were impressed by the calibre of this entrant. “We loved the combination of colour and editorial styling in the winning image. It’s great to see some of the amazing work coming out of New Zealand.”

Natasha King, who also won this award in 2017, said photographic competitions were a chance for hairdressers to further themselves and she urged everyone in the room to enter.

“This is the work that happens when clients have gone home, when you’re playing with the crazy ideas in your head.”

New Zealand Hair Salon of the Year: Fox Hair Blonde Bar, Hamilton 

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 congratulated the salon for taking advantage of a niche market.

“With a very clear strategy, a great understanding of its positioning and target market, and a well thought through expansion, the salon has experienced great results.”

Owner Dave Rogers said the salon set out to win the award 18 months ago.

“You can have good marketing, location, social media, but at the end of the day it’s what happens on the floor that counts. You’re lucky in a business to have one superstar, but we have a team of them.”

Apprentice of the Year: Jade Scott, Vivo Hair and Beauty, Wellington 

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 Jade Scott, chosen from four regional winners across New Zealand, showed a clear passion for the industry. “Her stunningly presented entry was full of aroha for hairdressing.”

Derek Elvy Visionary Award: Courtney Taylor, Buoy Salon and Spa, Wellington 

This award, introduced in 2018, celebrates the creative genius of the late Derek Elvy, founder of Buoy Salon. He worked closely with NZARH on the brief and overall concept of the award. Derek’s instructions were that entrants should create a photographic image that was beautiful but arresting, contemporary and directional and have a technical challenge to it.

Judge Lex Buckley said there were several outstanding entries. “Derek would have loved them!"

Michael Beel, Creative Director of Buoy Salon presented the award. “Congratulations to all the finalists. Each of you created something beautiful that made us think.”

New Zealand Beauty Salon of the Year: FaceTime Skin Clinic, Auckland 

This new award for 2018 celebrates a beauty business that is clearly excelling and displays all-round strong performance.

The judges felt this business had a solid structure and plan that put them in an excellent position for future growth.

Owner Melissa Gladding said after only two years in business she had an incredible team behind her.

Jasmine McBeth Memorial ScholarshipJason ParkerDragonfly Hair Design, Wellington 

This year marks the 10th anniversary of this scholarship, created in memory of Jasmine McBeth, who completed her hairdressing apprenticeship while undergoing cancer treatment. When she passed away in 2007, Jasmine’s parents Denise and Murray McBeth used the money she had saved towards setting up a business to create this scholarship, awarded to a hairdressing apprentice showing dedication, passion and commitment to their training and career.

The judges said this year’s winner had a detailed and realistic attitude to succeeding in the hairdressing industry. “This entrant has a plan. He knows where his career is going and how he plans to achieve each step.”

Winner Jason Parker said the scholarship, worth $3,750, would help him achieve his goals.

“I wanted to work on fashion weeks, music awards, I want to travel the world!”


Training Awards

  • Industry Trainer of the Year: Natasha Bird, M>PHOSIS Hair Studio, Hastings
  • Workplace of the Year: Diana Beaufort, Reds Hairdressing, Porirua, Wellington
  • Jasmine McBeth Memorial Scholarship: Jason Parker, Dragonfly Hair Design, Wellington
  • Apprentice of the Year: Jade Scott, Vivo Hair and Beauty, Wellington
  • Apprentice of the Year Northern: Emily Southern, Turning Heads Hair Salon, Auckland
  • Apprentice of the Year Northern Central: Courtney Hale, Lou Lou’s, Cambridge
  • Apprentice of the Year Central: Jade Scott, Vivo Tory St, Wellington
  • Apprentice of the Year Southern: Libby Fleck, True Grit, Christchurch

Business Awards

  • New Zealand Hair Salon of the Year: Fox Hair Blonde Bar, Hamilton
  • New Zealand Beauty Salon of the Year: FaceTime Skin Clinic, Auckland
  • Excellence in Marketing: La Villa Hairdressing and Extensions, Wellington
  • Sustainable Salon of the Year: Scout, Wellington
  • Best Salon Design: Mancraft Barbers,Taupō
  • Top Performing Stylist of the Year: Jasmin Ure, La Villa, Wellington

Creative Awards

  • Derek Elvy Visionary Award: Courtney Taylor, Buoy Salon and Spa, Wellington
  • Patrick Cameron Under 4 Years in the Industry: Sophie Squires, Southern Institute of Technology, Invercargill
  • Patrick Cameron Over 4 Years in the Industry: Caren Mackay, Do Hair, Invercargill
  • Editorial Stylist of the Year: Natasha King, Freds Hair and Beauty, Invercargill
  • Editorial Stylist of the Year - Auckland: Kylie Pointon, Glamour Hair Boutique, Auckland
  • Editorial Stylist of the Year - Poverty Bay: Emma Smith, House of Hair, Gisborne
  • Editorial Stylist of the Year - Bay of Plenty: Elyse Bowyer, Crèmebrulee Hair and Beauty, Taupō
  • Editorial Stylist of the Year - Hawke's Bay: Kelly McKenzie, Pure Hair, Napier
  • Editorial Stylist of the Year - Taranaki: Kerrie Jordan, KN Colab, New Plymouth
  • Editorial Stylist of the Year - Waikato: Dave Rogers, Morph Hair, Hamilton
  • Editorial Stylist of the Year - Manawatu: AmeliaLondon, Spectra Hair and Beauty, Palmerston North
  • Editorial Stylist of the Year - Wellington: Nichola Miti, Reds Hairdressing, Porirua, Wellington
  • Editorial Stylist of the Year - Canterbury Westland: Amber King, True Grit, Christchurch
  • Editorial Stylist of the Year - South Canterbury (joint winners): Debbie Tiddy, Fusion Hair Design, Oamaru
  • Editorial Stylist of the Year - South Canterbury (joint winners): Rachel Batchelor, Wellcut and More, Timaru
  • Editorial Stylist of the Year - Otago: KylieHayes, Moha, Dunedin
  • Editorial Stylist of the Year - Southland: Natasha King, Freds Hair and Beauty, Invercargill
  • Editorial Stylist of the Year - Novice champion (joint winners): Amrin Piuza, Servilles Academy, Auckland
  • Editorial Stylist of the Year - Novice champion (joint winners): Chloe O'Donnell, BHB Academy, Palmerston North
  • Editorial Stylist of the Year - Next Generation: Savanna Ferrel, Mane Salon, Wellington
  • Editorial Stylist of the Year - Le Male: Mana Dave, Blaze, Auckland
  • Editorial Stylist of the Year - Colour Concept: Kylie Hayes, Moha, Dunedin

Thank you to our judges Audrey Hill from L’Oreal, Seumus Cooney from Wella, Malcolm Gibbons from Salon Business Coach, Craig Stinson from Calibre Salons, Kim Ryan from Advanced Derma Care, Abbie Tony from So You Hair, Danny Pato from D&M Hair Design, Brad Lepper from French Revolver Studio, Lex Buckley from Images Magazine and Joey Scandizzo from Eleven Australia Haircare.

Thank you also to our sponsors L'Oreal, Telesmart, Oxipay, Wella, NZPrint, Learning Planet, The New Zealand Association of Registered Beauty Professionals, Salon Business Coach, Cloud Nine, evo, ghd, Goldwell, kms, Matrix, Redken, Schwarzkopf, Sebastian and Fudge.

The Industry Awards