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The Oscars of hairdressing in India mesmerized the audiences with an extravagant finale

  • 1000+ entries received from 55+ cities across India
  • 39 teams competed for over two months to reach ONE spectacular finale! 

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India, February 02, 2015: The Colour Trophy in India has always been the benchmark in hair dressing awards, raising the standards of creativity and innovation with each passing year. After four successful years, L’Oréal Professionnel upped the ante by unveiling the Colour Trophy in its all new avatar as the Indian Hairdressing Awards. A platform that showcases the creative efforts of talents in the hairdressing industry, also introduced for the first time, the ‘Business’ awards, recognizing salons who demonstrate excellence in the business of hairdressing.

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 Post 4 triumphant regional rounds, the Indian Hairdressing Awards Finale took place on the sunny beaches of Goa in the form of a 2 day Salon congress with various Master-classes and competitions between 1st and 2nd February, culminating in the grand finale awards night.

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The two day affair kick started with a session on cutting edge styles and techniques by world-renowned Parisian hair artist and L’Oréal Professionnel ambassador Laetitia Guenauo. Participating salons were also treated to a second workshop by London based, Julie Eldrett,  a customer care consultant with over 35 years experience in the hair and beauty industry.

The Grand Finale event night was fueled by immense creativity and glamour! Hosted by Shibani Dandekar, the 39 competing hairdressers showcased their looks on their models for an audience of over 500 people. The L’Oreal Professionnel India Dream Team – 6 hairstylists known for their exceptional artistic skill enthralled guests with a live hair artistic show themed ‘Tribes’. The outfits created by designer Gavin Miguel had his signature style of detail and sophistication to set the right tone for the evening. The show was directed by renowned fashion choreographer, Anu Ahuja. The guests also witnessed a magnificent show by the L’Oréal Professionnel International Ambassador, Laetitia Guenauo titled ‘IT LOOKS’, showcasing hair designs from street and ready to wear looks, to more arty and prestige universes. 

The prestigious panel of judges gave away 9 creative awards and 12 Business awards. The panel included ace photographer Tarun Khiwal, celebrated makeup artist Anu Kaushik, Nishat Fatima, Editor, Harper’s Bazaar India and two of the biggest names of the International Hairdressing industry – Jo Hansford, the First Lady of Color and Michel Claire, Director for Professional Development for Professional Products Division, L’Oreal . The business awards were given away by Julie Eldrett and Manju Sara Rajan, Editor, Architectural Digest.

A total of 144 teams competed at the regional rounds and only the best bagged the prestigious trophies!

Talking about the awards, Mr. Aseem Kaushik, Director, L’Oréal Professional products Division said, “This year marks the first edition of the Indian Hairdressing awards – the new avatar of Color Trophy, and we’ve received a fantastic response from the industry in both creative and business entries. We are extremely proud to say we have created hairdressing history with this 2 day event leading to a fantastic showcase of art and talent at the grand finale. I would like to give my heartiest congratulations to the hairdressers and salons who have won these prestigious awards tonight”

After the awards ceremony, celebrations continued with the winners and the attendees dancing the night away! It was a sound and light extravaganza and the ambience was a splendid translation of the level of creativity showcased.

The event not only set new benchmarks, but truly inspired new trends in the hairdressing industry.

Below is the list of winners across each category:

The Colour trophy Award:

Winner – Kandasamy Amali Perera, Looks Salon

1st Runner up – Kamal Lal, Looks Salon

2nd Runner up – Rajan Devrukhkar, Runah Salon
The Cut and Style Award:

Winner – Noah Michael Paul, Looks Salon

Runner up – Subrata Senapati, Drama Salon
The Men’s Image Award:

Winner – Rohith Kumar, B Blunt

Runner up – Dheeraj Kohli, B Blunt
The Young Colorist Award:

Winner – Sumitra Subba, Lime Lite Salon & Spa

Runner up – Amir Budhwani, Toni & Guy

Business Awards:

Best Arth Academy Award – Geetanjali Academy Hair & Beauty, Delhi

Best Salon Digital Marketing – Enrich Salons & Academy

Best Salon Design – Silhouette Hair & Beauty, Mumbai

Customer Choice Award – Kapil’s Salon & Academy

Best Salon Non-Chain:

  • North – Meenakshi Beauty & Academy Pvt. Ltd
  • South – Mirrors & Beyond
  • East – A N John
  • West – JCB

Best Salon Chain:

  • North – Looks Salon
  • South – Green Trends Unisex Hair & Style Salon
  • East – VLCC
  • West – Enrich Salons & Academy

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