Wellington hairdresser is crowned NZ’s best

Chosen from seven other Supreme Award finalists, Rebecca’s look impressed the judges with her technique, colour execution and beautiful result.

The L’Oréal Colour Trophy Awards were judged live by a panel of three top international stylists – NZ-born/Sydney-based Brad Ngata, Caterina DiBiase of Melbourne, and Adelaide-based stylist Damien Rinaldo.

Head judge Brad Ngata says “in a competition of this nature it’s important to see colour – and my eye was always drawn back to the colour execution of Rebecca’s look.”

Damien Rinaldo, a past L’Oréal Colour Trophy Award Winner says “beauty should defy ages, and this look does.  It has a cool freshness to it with an edge that pushes the look further.  You can really see there’s personality behind it.”

“Whilst being forward thinking it is very ‘now’ – people are asking for this look in salon,” says Caterina DiBiase, also a past Award Winner.

“This is a momentous occasion for Willis York as the salon founder Clark York won the very first NZ L’Oréal Colour Trophy Award 20 years ago,” says Gary Marshall, L’Oréal Professional Products Division General Manager. “All this time later they’re at the top again. It’s an amazing milestone.”

Runner-up in the Supreme Award was Jock Robson from Dharma, Auckland.

Two other individual awards and a team award were also announced. The Young Colourist of the Year Award for a stylist with five years or less experience went to Valeria Lenskaia from Bettjemans, Auckland, while the Men’s Image Award showcasing the best in men’s colour and style was presented to Sara Carswell from Blaze, Auckland.

The Salon of the Year Award went to Blaze, Auckland.

Two Special Awards were also announced including the Sunday Magazine Award which went to Natasha Dawson from Rodney Wayne Botany, Auckland while the Headway Magazine Award was presented to Blaze, Auckland.

Following a stressful live recreation, the winners were celebrated at a lavish awards ceremony at Vector Arena that also featured catwalk shows by New Zealand’s leading designers Trelise Cooper, COOP, WORLD and HUFFER.

L’Oréal Colour Trophy requires finalists to go head-to-head in a live competition and re-create their photographic entry on the day of the awards.

The judges score entrants on creative, fashion-forward hair colour, an innovative and striking cut, fashion-forward hair styling and finished with an overall look of fashion and make-up. The total look must reflect the expertise and ability of the stylist to create modern, bespoke look.

Home Colouring tips with Schwarzkopf’s Grant Withnell

Schwarzkopf national technical educator Grant Withnell is larger-than-life and bursting with knowledge about hair. Here Grant shares some unique tips with MiNDFOOD, on getting more from your home colouring experience…

• For women with silver hair, mix a silver toner with champagne to add a beige blonde tone to the hair.

• If you’ve coloured your hair with a semi-permanent, and after a few washes want to return to your original base colour, mix an anti-dandruff shampoo with some bicarbonate of soda and cleanse the hair with it. This also works well as a deep cleanse when you’ve styled your hair with a lot of hairspray.

• If you’re using a silver toner on a pre-lightened hair that’s porous and grabby of colour, mix the toner with conditioner to dilute it and tone down the end result.

• Schwarzkopf Live Colour Ultra Brights is a range of semi-permanent colours that last up to eight washes, and are almost like a conditioner with a bit of colour added, $8.99.

See some of the stunning colour looks by Lesley Jennison for the latest Schwarzkopf Essential Looks Collection.