The country's top colourists
The finalists for one of our hairdressing industry's biggest events, the L'Oreal 2014 Colour Trophy Awards, have been announced.
Almost 300 stylists entered the competition, which rewards hair craftsmanship, colour technique, innovation and trend-setting, taking inspiration from catwalks around the globe.
Entrants submit photos of their model, and while the emphasis is always on hair colour, judges look for an overall fashion concept that combines colour, cut, style, make-up, fashion and photography.
The 20 finalists will go on to compete live at Auckland's Vector Arena for the main event next February. At the grand final, stylists will recreate their entry photos live on stage in front of the New Zealand hairdressing industry.
To ensure complete fairness and objectivity in judging, entry photos are anonymous. (We know the 20 finalists' names, but not whose photo represents whose entry.)
The 20 finalists were selected from hundreds of photographic entries and narrowed down by top Australian hairdressing stylists Caterina Di Biase, Brad Ngata and Damien Rinaldo.
The awards are is made up of four major titles, including the supreme award of NZ Hairdresser of the Year.
The 2014 finalists are ...
The Supreme Award - NZ Hairdresser of the Year
Brad Lepper - French Revolver Studio, Auckland
Helen Afu - Rodney Wayne Sylvia Park, Auckland
Jan Waite - Jan Waite Hairdressing, Auckland
Jock Robson - Dharma, Auckland
Michael Beel - Buoy Hairdressing, Wellington
Natasha Dawson - Rodney Wayne Botany, Auckland
Rebecca Brent - Willis York, Wellington
Stefan Van Der Merwe - Rodney Wayne Queensgate, Wellington
The Young Colourist Award
Dawn Thomson - Rodney Wayne, Whangarei
Emily Bryson - Rodney Wayne Cuba Mall, Wellington
Samantha Bell - Jomp Hair Design, Wellington
Valeria Lenskaia - Bettjemans, Auckland
The Men's Image Award
Guy Roberts - Vada, Auckland
Penelope Davies - Adoux Hair, Tauranga
Sara Carswell - Blaze, Auckland
Tony Elwin - Durham Hair, Auckland
The Salon of the Year Award
Rodney Wayne Pakuranga, Auckland
Check out the competition's Facebook page to see images of all of the finalists.