The 10th annual Alfaparf Milano Fantastic Hairdresser Awards took place in the RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 on Sunday, 20 October. The awards saw 300 hairdressers from all over Ireland dedicating months of hard work preparing their entries for the 10 categories – six creative, three business and one artistic. This year saw the introduction of a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Stylist, designer and TV presenter Brendan Courtney hosted the event to which some 1,200 stylists and industry insiders attended. Part of the evening featured graduates from the Beauty in All its Forms hairdressing assistant training programme, who were invited to the stage and were presented with their course certificates and congratulated for their achievements. Beauty in All its Forms is an innovative national employment programme for adults with Down syndrome to train as hairdressing assistants in selected Alfaparf Milano salons nationally with a view to securing long-term employment. It is a joint initiative of Down Syndrome Ireland and Alfaparf Milano.
“Our ethos as a brand is to foster and support creative excellence in the Irish hairdressing industry,” said David Donnellan, managing director of Alfaparf Milano Ireland. “The awards extend a platform to participant salons to show their creative excellence and recognises the skills and talent required to create styles of real beauty.”
The winners on the night were:
Fantastic Stylist Award – Denise Phillips, Pelo Hair Studio, Newbridge, Co Kildare; Fantastic Long Hair Stylist Award – Sinead Fox, Bridget Haren Hair & Beauty, Ennis, Co Clare; Fantastic Fantasy Hair Stylist Award – Kerrie-Ann Ayres, Blake’s Salon, Co Carlow; Fantastic Junior Award – Shannon Robinson, Occasions Hairdressing, Naas, Co Kildare; Fantastic Gents Hair Stylist Award – Mark Heatley, Mark’s Barbers, Artane, Dublin; Fantastic Hair Colourist Award – Denise Phillips, Pelo Hair Studio, Newbridge, Co Kildare; Fantastic Salon Award – Berlin Hair Lounge, Co Carlow;
Fantastic Hairdresser Award – Shaun Moriarty, The Greene Room, Killaloe, Co Clare; Fantastic Marketing Award – Pelo Hair Studio, Newbridge, Co Kildare; Alfaparf
Milano Inixia Photographic Award – Jennie Smullen, Occasions Hairdressing,
Maynooth, Co Kildare; and Lifetime Achievement Award – Valerie Finnegan-Cahill, Ikon Hair Design, Cork.