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Supreme Hairdresser Crowned


Supreme Hairdresser Crowned

New Zealand’s top hairdresser has been announced amidst a summit of glamour, style and fashion in Auckland last night (July 30).

Celine-Marie Lamberton from Christchurch has been crowned New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year 2005 after winning the Supreme Award at the prestigious L’Oréal Colour Trophy Awards, held at The Edge – Aotea Centre.


Hairdresser of the Year, Celine-Marie Lamberton (left).

Beating seven other Supreme Award finalists, Celine-Marie from True Grit Hair Design impressed judges with the live re-creation of her model, demonstrating her entry’s mysterious and elegant style with a melange of warm golden blondes that contrast and complement each other.

Celine-Marie’s entry was also the winner of the Estetica Magazine Award (hairdressing industry publication), judged on the best over-all collection of the three photographic entries submitted.

She says it is a real honour to be considered New Zealand’s Hairdresser of the Year for 2005.

“It’s amazing – I’m absolutely over the moon. This is the fourth year I’ve been a finalist in the awards so I can’t believe I’ve actually won it this year!” she says.

Celine-Marie recently went on maternity leave to look after her baby boy – now six weeks old.

“It’s really exciting to know that when I go back to work after this important time with my baby I will be fully booked – and may have even gained some new clients!”

Leading UK stylist and L’Oréal Colour Trophy guest judge Andrew Barton, who is the International Creative Director of the 120-strong Saks UK salon group, says Celine-Marie’s look demonstrated superior hair colour accentuated by an inspired and original overall look.

“Styles should never shout; they should be subtle. The winner really used a simple formula with excellent shade selection and colour placement while ensuring the hair had good condition.”

Commenting on hairdressing trends and New Zealand talent Mr Barton says Kiwi stylists are the equal of their offshore contemporaries.

“Without a doubt L’Oréal Professionnel is such an international brand there is no country I visit where I see a vast gap in talent any more.

“New Zealand hairdressers have influenced me in my work and salon in the UK. If stylists come to me with New Zealand on their CVs, I would jump at the chance to work with them.”

Taking home the biggest prize in the awards’ 12 year history, Celine-Marie’s prize is an all-expenses paid trip for two to Paris and London valued at $10,000.

The trip includes a VIP visit to the home of L’Oréal Professionnel in the French capital and to London with tickets to attend the United Kingdom’s L’Oréal Professionnel Colour Trophy 2006 Awards.

Runner-up in the Supreme Award was Auckland’s Toshiro Takeda from ME salon in Ponsonby.

Three other individual awards were presented at the gala including the Young Colourist Award, Couleur Pour Hommes Award (colour for men) and the brand new Au Debut Award (for never before finalists).

In addition, the Salon Team Award was presented to the top salon and three special awards were also announced including the Make-Up Artists Award, Photographers’ Award and Estetica Magazine Award (hairdressing industry publication).

In the hours leading up to yesterday evening’s awards, the 20 individual finalists went head to head to re-create their entry look submitted in their original photographic entries. Mr Barton and two other international experts, Australian salon owners Benni Tognini of the Tognini group of salons and Paul Divitaris of the Biba group, judged the finalists ‘live’ and selected the winners.

L’Oréal Professionnel general manager Anya Haarhoff says she is delighted with the calibre of the winning entries.

“It is so exciting to see such sensational, original work coming through from our local hairdressers.

“L’Oréal Professionnel is committed to supporting the creative talent in the industry. The L’Oréal Colour Trophy is the platform to excite and inspire hairdressers to push the boundaries with colour and design, and most importantly to explore their creativity.”

The L’Oréal Colour Trophy Awards gala was attended by more than 1200 of New Zealand’s top hairdressers, celebrities, fashion experts and members of the public.

The high energy extravaganza included catwalk shows from Trelise Cooper, Karen Walker and WORLD who each revealed their summer 2005/06 collections.

The night culminated in an after-party at the Aotea Centre with party-goers being entertained by local DJ legend Mikey Havoc.

L’Oréal Colour Trophy Awards 2005 Winners

The Supreme Award: New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year

Winner: Celine-Marie Lamberton, True Grit Hair Design, Christchurch

Prize: An expense paid trip for two to Paris and London to the value of $10,000. The trip includes a VIP visit to the home of L’Oréal Professionnel and to London with tickets to attend the UK’s L’Oréal Professionnel Colour Trophy 2006 Awards.

Runner up: Toshiro Takeda, ME, Auckland

Prize: An expense paid trip to Australia for two people and tickets to attend the 2006 Australian L’Oréal Professionnel Colour Trophy Awards.

The Au Debut Award (for never before finalists)

Winner: John Birnie, Balliage Hair, Wellington

Prize: An expense paid trip to Australia for two people and tickets to attend the 2006 Australian L’Oréal Professionnel Colour Trophy Awards.

The Young Colourist Award

Winner: Emma-Jane Casse, Servilles Mission Bay, Auckland

Prize: An expense paid trip to Australia for two people and tickets to attend the 2006 Australian L’Oréal Professionnel Colour Trophy Awards.

The Couleur Pour Hommes Award (colour for men)

Winner: Olivia Noble, Servilles Newmarket, Auckland

Prize: An expense paid trip to Australia for two people and tickets to attend the 2006 Australian L’Oréal Professionnel Colour Trophy Awards.

The Salon Team Award

Winner: Jan Waite Hairdressing

Team members: Chris King, Monique Smart, Nicole Blithe, Deb Tan

Prize: A selection of fashion and beauty prizes valued at $1,000 for each team member.

Make Up Artist’s Award
Hairdresser: Caroline Daniel, Cut Above, Auckland

Make Up Artist: Eric Waite

Prize: The winner and the entrant each receive a selection of fashion and beauty prizes to the value of $1,000.

Photographer’s Award

First equal

Hairdresser: Michelle Ogden, Rodney Wayne, Auckland

Photographer: Michelle Ogden

Hairdresser: Salon Team from Jan Waite Hairdressing, Mt Eden

Photographer: Geoff Hedley

Prize: The winner and the entrant each receive a selection of fashion and beauty prizes to the value of $1,000.

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