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The Australian Hair Fashion Awards (AHFA’s) firmly cemented their position as Australia’s largest and most successful independent hairdressing awards program last night with the 22nd gala ceremony held in Sydney at the Ivy Ballroom. The AHFA’s are the ultimate celebration of the synergy between hair, fashion and culture and this year’s winner list features a roll call of the who’s who of the hair, beauty and fashion industry in Australia, with é SALON creative director Emiliano Vitale, being crowned 2014 AUSTRALIAN HAIRDRESSER of the YEAR.

Guests were entertained by MC’s for the night, globally recognised editorial stylist Richard Kavanagh and talented actress Erika Heynatz, as well as a very special musical performance by X-Factor winner Dami Im. The talented songstress performed several songs including Roar, her single Alive and a beautiful rendition of Bridge Over Troubled Water.

Under the exciting cutting edge vision of Creative Director David Mannah, following his re-launch of hair fashion publication and awards affiliate The Journal, David was proud to see the AHFA’s come to life;

“It’s a thrill to see the most inspiring people within our industry all in the one room, and awarded for their exceptional skill. The night was a sell-out, demonstrating the importance of events such as this one to continue to inspire our Australian creatives to strive for excellence on a global standard”.

“To be named 2014 AHFA Australian Hairdresser of the Year is seriously a dream come true” says Emiliano, “it is a wonderful reward for doing something that I love. I look forward to representing our industry as an ambassador and championing the vision, the passion and creative collaboration that drives Australian hairdresser’s and our industry forward, making us such an inspirational force within the global hairdressing community.”

The illustrious photographic categories for 2014 were judged by UK hairdressing royalty including Errol Douglas, Anthony Mascolo, Sacha Mascolo-Tarbuck, Akin Konizi, Sean Dawson and Beverly Cobella.

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