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The Awards

About the Awards

The awards give salons an opportunity to showcase both their creative strengths and commercial acumen, through six artistic, three business and the ALFAPARF Milano INIXIA photographic awards.

The awards recognise the winning salons and individuals as the best in the hairdressing industry on the island of Ireland, and provide the platform to showcase best practice to the industry at large. In addition to their prizes, winners will be featured throughout ALFAPARF Milano’s Communication channels for the 12-month period after the event, to maximise their exposure following success at this prestigious event.

ALFAPARF MILANO FANTASTIC FANTASY HAIR STYLIST AWARD

The creativity and artistry that drives the hairdressing industry are recognised in the ALFAPARF MILANO FANTASTIC FANTASY HAIR AWARD, with competitors creating a fantasy look of their choice. The only limit is imagination!

ALFAPARF MILANO FANTASTIC FANTASY HAIR AWARD
Competitors must produce a fantasy look of their choice.

  • All models must be presented prepared with full look completed and ready for judging.
  • Judging criteria places equal emphasis on creativity and imagination.
  • Hair Extensions & Hair pieces can be used.
  • Competition starts at 12.00pm.

LAST YEAR’S WINNERS

FIRST PLACE: Alison O’BRIEN

Bespoke, Carrig Twohill, Cork
Model: Emma Bateman

SECOND PLACE
Sandra O’CONNOR Pelo Hairdressing, Newbridge
Model: Cherie Foley Heavey

THIRD PLACE
Deirdre Kennedy Salon 2, Sligo
Model: Charlotte Hanley

ALFAPARF MILANO FANTASTIC LONG HAIR STYLIST AWARD

Using long hair as a creative tool, entrants to the ALFAPARF MILANO FANTASTIC LONG HAIR STYLIST AWARD are asked to deliver a fashion/ commercial look that emphasises the beauty and versatility of long hair.

  • Competitors must produce a commercial upstyle look with their model on long hair.
  • Hair must be presented loose at the start of the competition.
  • Padding, ornamentation accessories, and hair pieces or hair extensions will be allowed to complete the look. Hair nets must not be visible in the final look.
  • Hair must be presented down prior to the start of the competition.
  • Models hair will be viewed prior to the event.
  • 80% of the hair must be dressed up.
  • Time allowed is 30 minutes for your finished look.

Competition starts at 12.50 sharp.


LAST YEAR’S WINNERS

FIRST PLACE: Samantha BYRNE

Vanilla Hair Salon, Tullow Carlow
Model: Niamh Doyle

SECOND PLACE
Janice McCARTHY Be Fabulous Hair Design, Cork
Model: Lisa Madden

THIRD PLACE
Sharon Murray Rustiq, Kilkenny
Model: Megan Tynan

ALFAPARF MILANO FANTASTIC JUNIOR AWARD

Fostering and encouraging upcoming talent is at the heart of ALFAPARF MILANO’S creative ethos. The ALFAPARF MILANO FANTASTIC JUNIOR AWARD showcases a selection of the rising stars of the hairdressing industry, where participants were tasked to deliver a freestyle cut & colour.

  • Competitors are asked to produce a freestyle cut & colour.
  • Junior cut and colour have to be pre-done, in advance of the competition. The hair had to be wet down before entering the competition floor.
  • 20 minutes is allowed to blow dry the hair.
  • No hair extensions allowed.

Competition starts at 2.00pm


LAST YEAR’S WINNERS

FIRST PLACE: Erica MASTERSON

La Mode Hair, Phibsboro
Model: Natasha Clake

SECOND PLACE
Kelly HOGAN Rustiq, Carlow
Model: Minja Maclennan

THIRD PLACE
Melissa KEATING Lloyds, Waterford
Model: Soarise O’Toole

ALFAPARF MILANO FANTASTIC STYLIST AWARD

Recognising the excellence and dedication required to becoming a leading stylist, the ALFAPARF MILANO FANTASTIC STYLIST AWARD tasks competitors to create a freestyle cut & colour, commercial look. Judging criteria placed equal emphasis on both the finished cut and colour.

  • Competitors must produce a freestyle cut & colour, with an editorial edge.
  • Emphasis will be on both cut and colour and overall image.
  • The hair must be wet down before entering the competition floor.
  • Time allowed is 20 minutes for your finished look.
  • Extensions and wefts can be used.

Competition starts at 3.00 sharp.


LAST YEAR’S WINNERS

FIRST PLACE: Olivia O’KEEFFE

The Greene Room, Killaloe, Co Clare
Model: Egle Bakaite

SECOND PLACE
Anna McNULTY John Coss Creative Hair, Portlaoise
Model: Absent

THIRD PLACE
Fergal O’CONNOR Origin Hair Design, Cork
Model: Sian Scott

ALFAPARF MILANO FANTASTIC GENTS HAIR STYLIST AWARD

Not to ignore the gents, the ALFAPARF MILANO FANTASTIC GENTS HAIR STYLIST AWARD winner is asked to deliver a high fashion, gents look suitable for the front cover of a magazine.

  • Entrants must produce a high fashion look suitable for the front cover of a magazine.
  • ALFAPARF Milano colour can be used to enhance looks.
  • No hair extensions.

Competition starts at 4.00pm


LAST YEAR’S WINNERS

FIRST PLACE: John COSS

John Coss Creative, Portlaoise
Model: Leon McDonald

SECOND PLACE
John COSS John Coss Creative Hair, Portlaoise
Model: Padraig Oluasa

THIRD PLACE
Graham LYNCH Graham Alexander, Londonderry
Model: Bryan McLoughlin

ALFAPARF MILANO FANTASTIC HAIR COLOURIST AWARD

Harnessing up and coming trends in the wonderful world of colour, competitors in the ALFAPARF MILANO FANTASTIC HAIR COLOURIST AWARD are asked to create a colour look which compliments a current trend.

  • Competitors must produce a colour which complements a current trend.
  • You must only use ALFAPARF Milano colour products to achieve 100% of your look. Use of non ALFAPARF Milano colours will result in disqualification.
  • No hair extensions allowed.
  • Record of ALFAPARF Milano colour formulas must be presented on an A4 page on the competition floor.

Competition starts at 4.50pm.


LAST YEAR’S WINNERS

FIRST PLACE: Emma FINLAY

Couture Hair, Omagh
Model: Deborah McCrory

SECOND PLACE
Noleen DEVLIN Hi Tec, Omagh
Model: Sophie Brown

THIRD PLACE
Leah KAVANAGH Occasions, Naas
Model: Orla Ferrell

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