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Sally Brooks is named International Hairdresser of the Year at the Australian Hair Industry Awards

Sally Brooks is named International Hairdresser of the Year at the Australian Hair Industry Awards
Sam Robinson

British Hairdresser of the Year Sally Brooks has been named International Hairdresser of the Year at the Australian Hair Industry Awards. The category, which was introduced to the awards this year, was part of the glitzy live event held at The Star in Sydney and live streamed across the world.

The Winner

Sally, co-owner of Brooks & Brooks, London, is no stranger to winning awards – she has won British Hairdresser of the Year three times – but was shocked and delighted to win this highly-anticipated award. Sydney salon owner Clive Allwright, who has known Sally since school, picked up the award on her behalf.

Recognition

“I was delighted to receive this recognition from Australian peers and judges. I was sad not to able to be there in person, but it was wonderful that Clive could pick this up for me, as he’s one in a million. It was lovely to see a live event that reminds us all in the UK what the energy of a room of hairy creatives feels like.”

The Finalists

There were eight British hairdressers who were finalists for the award – Cos Sakkas, TONI&GUY; Darren Ambrose, D&J Ambrose; Errol Douglas, Errol Douglas Salon; Gary Hooker and Michael Young, Hooker & Young; Kerry Mather, KJM Salons; Mark Leeson, Mark Leeson Salons; Martin Crean, MODE Hair and Sally Brooks, Brooks & Brooks.

About the Awards

Launched in 2012 by Mocha Publishing, the Australian Hair Industry Awards (AHIA’s) are celebrating their 10th year as the trusted national award platform which provide a benchmark of excellence across both specialist and individual Educational and Business categories and this event marks the inaugural year that the Creative categories have been given their own awards program.

A Word From The Founder

Owner/Publisher Linda Woodhead could not have been happier to see everyone in the same room again; “The Creative AHIA’s are our exciting new awards platform which highlight the quality of the industry’s editorial and trend focused skills and have allowed our entrants to show their clients and communities just how talented they are. The calibre of this year’s collections exceeded our high expectations and all of our finalists and winners should be incredibly proud of their work.”

Record Making

The awards also marked a record with 100 esteemed international and local judges enlisted to hone in on the impressive entries with business, media and industry expert including Sam McKnight UK, Guy Tang USA, Sally Brooks UK, Angelo Seminara UK, Errol Douglas UK, Jenny Strebe USA, Julie Bellinger-Gibb UK, Faye Murray, Charles Marcus, Kym Krey, Cameron Pine, Brad Ngata, Jayne Wild, Tracey Hughes and Sharon Blain as well as representatives from local publications including HAIRBIZ, Instyle, Woman’s Day, New Idea, Beautyheaven, Hair Romance, mamamia and Jones and international publications including Hairdressers Journal International, Estetica, Independent Beauty Professional Magazine, Intercoiffure SA, Salon Magazine and Coiffure.

2021 AHIA CREATIVE WINNERS

AUSTRALIAN HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR
Deanna Parker Attwood, Wieselmann Salon

NEW ZEALAND HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR
Danny Pato, D&M Hair Design

COLOUR EXPERT OF THE YEAR
Stevie Corthine, Stevie English Hair

NSW/ACT HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR
Paula Hibbard, Paula Hibbard

QLD HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR
Amy Gaudie, Urban Chic

SA/TAS HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR
Mario Fioravanti, SJ Establishment

VIC HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR
Cristina Tatasciore, Flipped Hair

WA/NT HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR
Jude McEwen, Toni and Guy Perth Central

APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR
Paige Cameron, Cobelle Creative

INDEPENDENT STYLIST OF THE YEAR
Charlene Fernandez, Charlene Fernandez Hair

MASTER CUTTER OF THE YEAR
Elle Schoemaker, Cobelle Creative

NEW CREATIVE TALENT OF THE YEAR
James Morris, Biba Gertrude St

AVANT GARDE HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR
Paul James Graham, Paul & Paul Salon

MEN’S HAIR SPECIALIST OF THE YEAR
Anthony Staltari, Barbery Australia

BEST COLLAB OF THE YEAR
Stephanie & Coco

CREATIVE TEAM OF THE YEAR – Salon or Salon group
SJ Establishment

HOT SHOTS TEAM
Eliza Andrews, Royals Hair
Evie Golding, Rokstar Salon
Leanne Kay, Stevie English Hair
Scott James Sheehy, Toni&Guy Newtown

INTERNATIONAL HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR
Sally Brooks, Brooks & Brooks

If you want to learn more about the winning brand, you can find out more about Brooks & Brooks here.