Hair Expo Awards
Joey Scandizzo is crowned Australia’s Hairdresser
of the Year at the
2018 Hair Expo Awards
Victorian hairdresser Joey Scandizzo has been named the 2018 Australian Hairdresser of the Year at the Hair Expo Awards in Melbourne tonight. This is the second time that he was won the coveted award, after taking home the title in 2012.
A celebrity stylist who has tamed the manes of big names like Ruby Rose, Paris Hilton, The Veronicas and Carrie Bickmore at his eponymous salon in Melbourne’s South Yarra, Joey is also the co-creative director of haircare brand ELEVEN Australia.
“For me, this is a dream come true and I’ve been working on this for years and years… I’ve put the hard yards in; I’ve got a fantastic team. We’ve had a great night, the guys have won plenty of awards and everyone has worked hard for them. To take this baby home is awesome!” said Joey.
The 2018 Hair Expo New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year award went to Danny Pato of D&M Hair Design in Auckland, who has now taken out the title for three consecutive years – 2016, 2017 and 2018.
“[It feels] amazing.” said Danny. “This collection is about a global woman… and about being proud.”
The pinnacle celebration of Hair Expo Australia’s three-day event, the coveted Hair Expo Awards have been elevating the hair industry for more than 30 years by recognising and celebrating excellence in creative vision, advanced technical skill, and business acumen – the complete picture of what exceptional hairdressing is.
list of winners and the 2018 judging panel is available from
More than 850 hair professionals gathered to hear 20 winners announced at the glitzy Hair Expo Awards gala, hosted by actor and singer Natalie Bassingthwaighte and held at The Plenary in the Melbourne Convention Centre.
There were an impressive 111 finalists across 18 creative and business categories in 2018, chosen by a judging panel of 10 international and 10 local judges. The panel represents some of the most acclaimed hairdressing industry veterans from Australasia and across the globe. Two additional awards were also presented by Hair Expo – the Hall of Fame Award and the inaugural Editor’s Choice Award.
Vincent and Anton de Lorenzo were inducted into the Hair Expo Hall of Fame in 2018 in recognition of their inspiring contribution to the Australian hairdressing industry. The award was accepted by Anton’s son Anthony de Lorenzo at the awards gala.
Hermiz Daniel from Joey Scandizzo Salon was selected as the Editor’s Choice Award winner, a new category in 2018. Kim Howells, Fashion Director for Hunger magazine in the UK, chose Hermiz’s creative collection for its high quality and execution, noting: “the casting, photography, poses, styling, and makeup complement his ideas perfectly. It feels like the team worked seamlessly, a true example of not only one person’s vision but a creatively successful collaboration. It feels very modern, brave, and very editorial.” Hermiz was also named as the Hair Expo Victorian Hairdresser of the Year for the second time, after winning the title for the first time in 2017.
Hair Expo appointed business coach Julie Piantadosi as Head Judge and Awards Ambassador to guide entrants through the awards entry process and assist the panel with judging in2018. Julie also enlisted three business experts from outside of the hairdressing industry to assist with judging written submissions.
“Well, it’s finally here! Hair Expo 2018 Awards night and what a buzz it is! So much passion and talent; you can feel the excitement all-round! The last few months have been super busy working with our amazing judges and it’s so great to be here tonight to finally watch it all unfold. Very special congratulations to all the winners and huge congratulations to our 2018 Australian Hairdresser of the Year, Joey Scandizzo. I can say without a doubt being the Ambassador and Head Judge of these prestigious awards has been the highlight of my year”, said Julie.
Cory Watson, Event Director for Hair Expo Australia, commented: “Joey has been selected by the Hair Expo Awards judging panel for his outstanding professional achievements and his incredible creative ability. We wish to congratulate all our winners and finalists tonight! The Hair Expo Awards are the longest-standing and most prestigious awards in Australian hairdressing. The awards grow from strength to strength each year, and the calibre of work only serves to take our industry to new heights. What a fantastic way to cap off three days of Hair Expo - we’re thrilled to celebrate with the industry in Melbourne.”
Hair Expo Australia takes place annually over the Queen’s Birthday weekend and brings together thousands of hair industry professionals for three days of trend showcases, world-class education and Australasia’s largest hair show performances, leading it to be known as ‘The Festival of Hair’.
2018 HAIR EXPO AWARDS WINNERS
AUSTRALIAN HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR
Joey Scandizzo – Joey Scandizzo Salon, South Yarra VIC
NEW ZEALAND HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR
Danny Pato – D&M Hair Design, Auckland, NZ
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
Vincent and Anton de Lorenzo
COLOUR TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR
Stevie Corthine – Stevie English Hair, Glebe NSW
MEN’S HAIRDRESSER / BARBER OF THE YEAR
Uros Mikic – Kinky Curly Straight, Adelaide SA
NEW CREATIVE FORCE
Joe Habbaki – TONI&GUY Armadale, VIC
APPRENTICE / STUDENT OF THE YEAR
Nicholas Tragos – Colour Cosmetica, Adelaide SA
SALON TEAM OF THE YEAR
UVA Salon – Prahran, VIC
SESSION STYLIST OF THE YEAR
Sarah Laidlaw - Union Management
Hermiz Daniel - Joey Scandizzo Salon, South Yarra VIC
BEST SALON DESIGN
Rixon Hair – Brisbane, QLD
EDUCATION BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Sharon Blain Education
EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR
Jules Tognini – Lil’ Off The Top
INDUSTRY BUSINESS PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
SALON BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Circles of Subiaco – Perth, WA
NSW-ACT Hairdresser of the Year
Nathan Cherrington – TONI&GUY Concord, NSW
SA-TAS Hairdresser of the Year
Sam James – Orbe North Adelaide, SA
VIC Hairdresser of the Year
Hermiz Daniel - Joey Scandizzo Salon, South Yarra VIC
WA-NT Hairdresser of the Year
Pauline McCabe - Rock Paper Scissors Hair Studio, Freemantle WA
QLD Hairdresser of the Year
Brodie Lee Stubbins – ROKSTAR, West End QLD
Hair Expo would like to thank to all members of the 2018 Hair Expo Awards judging panel:
• Tabatha Coffey
• Angelo Seminara
• Edward Darley
• Mark Hayes
• Peter Gray
• Sally Brooks
• Jamie Brooks
• Nick Irwin
• Laura Castelli
• Mark Leeson
• Sharon Blain
• Benni Tognini
• Faye Murray
• Frank Apostolopoulos
• Sara Allsop
• Jayne Wild
• Sandy Chong
• Joey Scandizzo
• Sarah Laidlaw
• Caterina Di Biase Additional business judges
• Dr Anh Nguyen, renowned Cosmetic &
Plastic Surgeon. 2017 Telstra Western Australian
Entrepreneur Award, Telstra Business Women’s
• Thomas Plunkett, Customer Experience Lounge Host Manager, Qantas
• Enza Ferraro, National Head Trainer, ANZ Bank