The ALFAPARF MILANO FANTASTIC HAIRDRESSER AWARDS 2016, now in its seventh year, is the most widely anticipated and attended awards ceremony in the hairdressing industry on the island of Ireland.  The Awards took place in The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Ballsbridge Sunday, 6th of November, 2016.

The Awards give stylists an opportunity to showcase both their creative strengths and commercial acumen, through six artistic, two business and the ALFAPARF MILANO Inixia photographic awards. Winners are recognised and acknowledged as representing the best in Ireland’s hairdressing industry. The Awards’ prestige guarantees a large volume of contestants with almost 1,250 hairdressers from all over Ireland dedicating months of hard work preparing their entries for the nine categories.

Acclaimed stylist, designer and TV presenter, Brendan Courtney, hosted the logistically massive, sold-out event. In recognition of the late David Bowie’s fashion and style iconic status, all the artistic and creative elements presented Bowie themed segments and the results were a spectacular tribute to one of most influential cultural and artistic heroes of his – or any other – generation. Bowie’s constantly evolving style and artistic personas were immediately identifiable through his hair cut; he gavehis artistic alter-egos their own look and that look rested primarily on precision cutting and colouring. Ireland’s best stylists gave back today in a visually stunning style tribute, complete with glorious Bowie back-catalogue soundtrack, to the man who directly inspired many of them and will always be a hero to them all.

Gallery of Winners

The incredibly talented ALFAPARF MILANO Nexxt Generation Style Ambassador Creative team set the scene with a dynamic and dramatic segment entitled “The Thin White Duke”, in homage to Bowie’s 1976 much-lauded persona, directed by ALFAPARF MILANO’s International Educator, Vivica Davies. Stephen Flanagan, ALFAPARF MILANO Nexxt Generation Educator, coordinated the cutting selection while Beatrice Moate, ALFAPARF MILANO Academy Manager, Dublin coordinated the ALFAPARF MILANO colour placement, showcasing the Italian company’s latest collection of metallic colours. Intercoiffure Ireland’s Art & Fashion team delivered a choreographed fantasy segment directed by Maeve O’Healy-Harte and inspired, once again, by The Man Who Fell To Earth (From Heaven).  Paul Stafford, ALFAPARF MILANO Global Ambassador, along with his team from Paul Stafford Hair continued the theme, with a decade-spanning homage to this truly generation-defining artist.

The Awards were judged by a panel comprising five internationally renowned industry experts (see Note to the Editors below): Desmond Murray – award-winning stylist at Atherton Cox Hair and Beauty salon London, and member of the British Hairdressing Award’s Hall of Fame.  Gina Conway – a multi award-winning stylist and entrepreneur with three successful Lifestyle salons in London as well as a luxury Lifestyle home service, Gina Conway Privé. Joseph Koniak – Founder and Director of Joseph Koniak Hair, Joseph has over 25 year of experience in the industry and is a former artistic director of Molton Brown, with two highly prestigious salons under his name. Ruben Ugarte – ALFAPARF’s Technical Director , the driving force behind ALFAPARF’s extensive R&D, Product Development and Education (technicians and stylists) departments. Marijana Habek – ALFAPARF’s International Educator for Europe and the Middle East, educating and ensuring that hairdressing technical excellence is at the heart of styles created with the renowned ALFAPARF MILANO colour, care and styling ranges.

ALFAPARF MILANO is internationally recognised as representing the highest standards within the hairdressing industry and is considered by both trade and consumer press worldwide as the undeniable leader in the development of state-of-the-art salon products and services. Its insistence on excellence and technical expertise in everything linked to this prestigious brand extends to the awards ceremony, with judging criteria largely centred on both.

David Donnellan, Managing Director of ALFAPARF MILANO Ireland, “Our ethos as a brand is to foster and support creative excellence in the Irish Hairdressing industry. To that end, we offer Ireland’s largest programme of professional hairdressing courses dedicated to the improvement of technical and commercial skills, and will soon open the largest academy in the British Isles focused uniquely on industry education. The Awards extend a platform to participant salons to show their creative excellence, and recognises the skills and talent required to create styles of real beauty”.

ALFAPARF MILANO Fantastic Hairdresser 2016 Award Winners:

Fantastic Stylist Award – Debbie Claffey, Gravity Hair Lounge, Galway

Fantastic Fantasy Hair Stylist Award –  Veronique Kuehn, Studio 92, Dublin

Fantastic Hairdresser Award – Denise O’Neill, Rustiq, Co. Kilkenny

Fantastic Junior Award – Michaela O’Mara, Rustiq, Co. Kilkenny

Fantastic Salon Award – Occasions, Naas, Co. Kildare

Fantastic Gents Hair Stylist Award – Danielle Bethel, Occasions, Naas, Co. Kildare

ALFAPARF MILANO INIXIA Photographic Award – Denise Philips, Pelo, Newbridge, Co. Kildare

Fantastic Long Hair Stylist Award – Daina Petrauskiene, Bliss Hair and Beauty, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

Fantastic Hair Colourist Award – Ciara Conway, La Mode Hair and Beauty, Dublin

ALFAPARF MILANO Nexxt Generation Style Ambassador Creative Team:

Kelly Beck, Wayne Partridge, Ciaran Dowd, Aaron Healy, Bill Harris, Bridget Haren, Anthony Kilcoyne, Jimmy Beech, Sean Taaffe and Stephen Flanagan.

Judging Panel for the ALFAPARF MILANO Fantastic Hairdresser Awards:

Desmond Murray

Award-winning stylist at Atherton Cox Hair and Beauty salon London, Desmond is also a member of the British Hairdressing Award’s Hall of Fame and is a former winner of the ‘Men’s Hairdresser of the Year’ at the British Hairdressing Awards. He was awarded ‘Best Photographic Collection of the Year’ from the A.I.P.P., in recognition of his creative vision both as a hairdresser and photographer.

Gina Conway

Is a multi-award-winning stylist and entrepreneur who owns three successful Lifestyle salons in London as well as a luxury Lifestyle home service, Gina Conway Privé, attracting a celebrity clientele that includes Maggie Gyllenhall, Sienna Miller, Paloma Faith, Lulu Guinness, Julianne White and celeb stylist Arianne Phillips.  With over twenty years of cutting and styling experience, Gina has worked alongside designers at London and Paris Fashion Weeks and has extensive editorial experience working on shoots for Vogue Italia and Vogue Japan.

Joseph Koniak 

Founder and Director of Joseph Koniak Hair, Joseph has over 25 year of experience in the industry and is a former artistic director of Molton Brown, with two highly prestigious salons under his name.  A renowned and acknowledged artist, he is a widely sought-after session artist for film, fashion, editorial, platform and education, and has worked on movie sets such as Harry Potter, Mamma Mia, Batman, James Bond, as well as popular periods dramas such as Downton Abbey, Mr. Selfridge and Da Vinci’s Demons.  A popular choice for high-profile, cutting-edge hairstyling, Joseph has also worked on both the London and New York Fashion Weeks, collaborating with fashion designers Giorgio Armani, Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, Nicole Farhi, Burberry and Tom Ford.

Ruben Ugarte

Ruben began his career as a technician with Kerastase in South America before becoming Technical Manager for ALFAPARF MILANO in Argentina. Ruben joined the ALFAPARF group 16 years ago as Technical Director, and is heavily involved in the planning and development of all new product launches. Ruben plays a pivotal role between ALFAPARF’s extensive R&D, Product Development and Education (technicians and stylists) departments. Every single formula and composition that go into ALFAPARF’s much loved products receives Ruben’s stamp of approval before launching in Italy and the one hundred countries where ALFAPARF is available worldwide.

Marijana Habek

Marijana’s involvement with ALFAPARF began in 2005 as a salon owner and educator for the brand in her native Croatia, before joining the ALFAPARF group in 2009 as International Educator for Europe and the Middle East. She works extensively throughout this vast area, educating and ensuring that hairdressing technical excellence is at the heart of styles created with the renowned ALFAPARF MILANO colour, care and styling ranges.

Awards’ Director, Ger Hand, and Assistant Production Manager, Neil Canavan, brought together all aspects of the production – audio, video, lighting and staging aspects. Their professionalism and vision made successive shows the standard-setting event it has come to be. This show is now the benchmark of excellence and imagination for Ireland’s styling and hair sector.

Lucie Pankhurst choreographed the show.  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.

Full list of results

ALFAPARF Milano Fantastic Colourist Award

1st Ciara Conway, La Mode Hair and Beauty Boutique

2nd Adrian Haupa, Kazanoo

3rd Ronan Markey, Sebastian Marks

4th Corinna Little, Cuttin It Hair Salon

5th Anna Ford, Xpress Hair (Lloyds Hair)

6th Nadine Fox, Zinc Hair and Beauty

7th Sarah Fay, La Mode Hair and Beauty Boutique

8th Louise Merryweather, Hair Concepts

9th Aisling Ryan, Xpress Hair (Lloyds Hair)

10th Debbie Bruton, Hair and Beauty World

 

ALFAPARF Milano Fantastic Gents Award

1st Danielle Bethel, Occasions

2nd John Keegan, The Academy Belle

3rd Andrew O’Sullivan, Hair Creations

4th Fergal Brennan, The Academy Belle

5th Shane Markham, Origin Hair Design

6th Leon McDonald, John Coss Creative Hair

7th Thomas Hynes, Eclipse Hair

8th John Coss, John Coss Creative Hair

9th Sam Keating, The Academy Belle

10th Jan Doherty, Capelli Company

 

ALFAPARF Milano Fantastic Stylist Award 

1st Debbie Claffey, Gravity Hair Lounge

2nd Adrian Haupa, Kazanoo

3rd Ronan Markey, Sebastian Marks

4th Anja Geraghty, Hair Concepts

5th Suzanne O’Toole, Capelli Westport Hair Salon

6th Katie Simpson, Kreations

7th Ciana Keating, Ash Hair Studio

8th Noleen Devlin, Hi-Tec

9th Showy Lee, Darcy’s Hair Design

10th Sonnya McGuirk, You’re Gorgeous Hair Salon

 

ALFAPARF Milano Fantastic Junior Award

1st Michala O’Mara, Rustiq

2nd Keelyn Cooley, Alta Moda Hair by Bridget Haren

3rd Sharon Murray, Rustiq

4th Aoife Carroll, Xpress Hair (Lloyds Hair)

5th Muireann Ayres, Lynda Maher Hair Studio

6th Laura-Jane Meyler, Saphora

7th Ciara Hayden, Lynda Maher Hair Studio

8th Zhyna Williams, Wayne Lloyd

9th  Stephanie O’Keeffe, The Edge Hair Design

10th Jonathan Healy, Bellissimo

 

ALFAPARF Milano Fantastic Long Hair Award

1st Daina Petrauskiene, Bliss Hair and Beauty

2nd Cathriona Rohan, Cathriona Rohan Hair

3rd Meg Doran, Rustiq

4th Elaine Condron, Berlin Hair

5th  John Coss, John Coss Creative Hair

6th Edel Jones, Berlin Hair

7th Corinna Little, Cuttin It Hair Salon

8th Danielle Howard, Wayne Lloyd

9th Denise O’Neill, Rustiq, Kilkenny

10th Maria Haberlin, Berlin Hair

 

ALFAPARF Milano Fantastic Fantasy Award

1st Veronique Kuehn, Studio 92

2nd Mary Duffy, Mary Duffy Hair

3rd Kayleigh O’Brien, Glo Hair & Beauty

4th Edel Jones, Berlin Hair

5th Niamh McArdle, Cuttin It Hair Salon

6th Janice McCarthy, Be Fabulous Hair Design

7th Naranom O’Gara, Mohh

8th Michelle Christle, Christle Hair Company

9th Bridget Haren, Altamoda Hair by Bridget Haren

10th Aisling Ryan, Xpress Hair (Lloyds Hair)

 

ALFAPARF Milano Fantastic Inixia Award

1st Denise Philips, Pelo

2nd Shane Woods, Hi-Tec

3rd Noleen Devlin, Hi-Tec

4th Stephanie Kavanagh, Hi-Tec

5th Olivia O’Keeffe, The Greene Room

6th Janice McCarthy, Be Fabulous Hair Design

7th Natasha McQuire, Foxy Chopper

8th Danielle Bethel, Occasions Hairdressing

9th Ciara O’Hanlon, La Mode Hair and Beauty Boutique

10th Jennifer Kavanagh, Occasions Hairdressing