ALFAPARF Milano, the internationally renowned Italian luxury hair product company, awarded the  ALFAPARF Fantastic Hairdresser Awards 2015 to nine winners at a gala presentation attended by Ireland’s leading hair stylists at the Double Tree Hotel By Hilton, Burlington Road, Dublin 4 today (Sunday, November 1st, 2015).

The awards, now in their sixth year, give stylists and salons an opportunity to show their creative expertise and technical excellence through six creative and two business awards and an artistic award: the ALFAPARF Inixia Photographic Award.

Almost 400 hairdressers from all over Ireland dedicated months of hard work preparing their entries for these nine categories.

Acclaimed stylist, designer and TV presenter, Brendan Courtney, hosted the sold-out evening awards event to which some 1,200 stylists and industry insiders had been invited. He presented the awards along with ALFAPARF and Alan Austin-Smith, founder of The Fantastic Hairdresser Company. Each winner was presented with an Irish-designed and handcrafted stained-glass trophy.

The epically glam evening began when ten models and dancers from London’s prestigious Sophie’s People, coloured and coiffed by the 20 graduates of ALFAPARF’s standard-setting Master Degree 2015, took to the runway in a series of futuristically-styled outfits to a soundtrack and stripped-down atmosphere courtesy of Tron and The Matrix. “We’re starting from the science that tells us that colour is only possible because of white light and then working around the minimisation of that white light with what’s left being the pure, the essence, of colour. We’re going to try and see colours in their purest form through an interaction of models, music, movement and the best – the most creative and technically superb – hair styling and cutting that our best graduates can offer. We want them to ‘think through’ the accepted boundaries of what colour is and how it looks and find a new way of presenting it. We’re satisfied that they have done that and the results are breathtaking”, says ALFAPARF’s Technical Director and producer of the event, Ger Hand.

Gallery of Winners

“This is going to be the age of the Pure. Nothing superfluous, nothing unnecessary, nothing added.  It’s all about purity of concept and then purity of technique and execution of the cut. That leaves you with the purity of colour and that‘s what we –  as Ireland’s largest colour company – want to illustrate. Pure vision and pure colour will give you pure perfection”, he continued.

An elaboration on that pure colour theme was supplied by Intercoiffure Ireland’s ‘Hair Fashion Team’ who presented ‘RED’, a slick hair show of beauty and passion dedicated to the power and energy behind colour.  Intercoiffure Ireland is delighted to be part of ALFAPARF Fantastic Hairdresser Awards once again and this year’s show “RED” conveys their conviction: Colour is Power.

“ The colour RED is a statement in itself. It stands out. Eyes are immediately drawn to it. RED is the colour that represents Love, Romance, Passion, Desire, Strength and Fire.  It is an announcement of power and confidence – in  fact, it’s more than that – it’s a proclamation of power and confidence,”  according to Intercoiffure Ireland.

The prestigious, award-winning Paul Stafford Hairdressing also showcased their passion and expertise at the evening show.

The awards were judged by a high-flying international panel of five which comprised:
Vivica Davies is the Colour Director for ALFAPARF Milano and former head of colour at Mahogany Hairdressing, London. Mark Woolley, an award-winning hair stylist, international creative director and entrepreneur behind the exclusive Electric brand encompassing six bespoke salons in key cities throughout the UK. Electric has been hailed the UK’s most exciting and rapidly expanding hairdressing brand and is tipped to be one of the most important brands to watch within the industry. Mark has recently won Business director of the year for the second time, at the British hairdressing business awards. Fiona Connolly – Director of Education & FH coach at the Fantastic Hairdresser Business Academy, London. Five times finalist at the British Hairdressing Awards, International platform artist and twice winner British Hairdressing Business Awards Manager of the Year.  Marijana Habek, an ALFAPARF International Educator for Europe and the Middle East Coordinator of the ALFAPARF Milano, Dubai Fair and Jack Bayne from SACO, a renowned group which, via education, shares its extensive experience and offers the highest standard of training to stylists and colourists worldwide.
Neil Canavan, the show’s gifted Assistant Production Manager, brought together all elements of the production – audio, video, lighting and staging aspects. His professionalism and vision made the show the standard-setting event it undoubtedly was. This show is now the benchmark of excellence and imagination for Ireland’s styling and  hair sector.

Lucie Pankhurst, choreographed the Award’s show again this year.  Lucie is recognised in the business as an outstanding dance and movement director with an impressive resume that features popular TV shows, movies and stage productions including Gloria Estefan’s X-Factor performance, Michael Fassbender’s Wedding Belles and Kristen Stewart in Snow White and the Huntsman. Lucie worked as movement director for Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt and British Illusionist, Derren Brown.

ALFAPARF Milano brand is the standard within the hairdressing industry and is considered by both trade and consumer press worldwide as the undeniable leaders in state-of-the-art salon products. The prestige that the brand brings to everything it involves itself in is legendary.  Their representative in Ireland, David Donnellan, said: “The Italian beauty and style giants were delighted to show their commitment to technical and artistic excellence and were particularly happy to support Ireland’s vibrant hair and beauty commercial community which they consider to be leaders in every facet of the business.

“ALFAPARF is all about the best talent using the best product. It’s about striving for excellence and achieving it. We’re committed to that. We know that the inspiration and creativity demonstrated at these Awards today will end up being translated onto the streets, workplaces and social scene of Ireland – and that’s what we want”, concluded David Donnellan, ALFAPARF Ireland.

ALFAPARF Fantastic Hairdresser Award Winners:

Fantastic Stylist Award – Michelle Nugent – Considine, Alta Moda, Ennis, Co Clare
Fantastic Fantasy Hair Stylist Award – Katrina Kelly, K2, Glasnevin, Dublin.
Fantastic Long Hair Stylist Award – Martha Boylan, K2, Glasnevin, Dublin
Fantastic Junior Award – Sandra O’Sullivan from Sean Taaffe, Killarney, Co. Kerry
Fantastic Gents Hair Stylist Award – Danielle Bethal from Occasions Hairdressing, Naas, Co. Kildare
Fantastic Hair Colourist Award – Adrian Haupa from Kazanoo, Co. Galway
Fantastic Hairdresser Award – Bridget Haren, Alta Moda, Ennis, Co. Clare
Fantastic Salon Award – Lloyds, Waterford

ALFAPARF Inixia Photographic Award – Wayne Partridge from Wayne Lloyd, Cork