L’Oréal Professionnel Indian Hairdressing Awards 2016-17

With the 2nd edition of the Indian Hairdressing Awards, L’Oréal Professionnel aims to bring the best of hairdressing talent from across the South Region to compete for the coveted position in the Grand Finale! As the no. 1 professional hair brand in the world, L’Oréal Professionnel has created an exclusive platform in India for hairdressers to get recognized for their art and creative talent at a national level.

The Indian Hairdressing Awards (IHA) invites hairdressers from across the country to showcase their hair artistry in a creative category of their choice: Colour Trophy, Cut&Style, Young Colourist and Men’s Image. All hairdressers irrespective of their city or salon can participate by submitting their hair look in a photograph format. The top entries from across categories go on to compete at a Regional level and further on to the Grand Finale!

“This year we have seen an increase in number of entries, the towns and salons they come from and more importantly the quality of hairdressing. As a brand that invests heavily on education, it’s inspiring to see the impact of our efforts to upgrade the artistic skill of the hairdressing industry.” – Sussan Verghese, General Manager, L’Oréal Professionnel India.

33 teams competed during the IHA 2016-17 South Region Final recreating their hair look live before apanel of judges, represented by experts from the fashion and beauty industry. The eminent judge panel included prominent hairstylist Lie Kuang, Beauty & Health Editor, Elle Magazine Mamta Mody, revered designer Pranav Mishra, celebrated makeup artist Venus Pereira and ace fashion photographer Ashish Chawla.

The competition was followed by the Awards evening which was a true celebration of hair artistry. The L’Oréal Professionnel Dream Team and ID Artists each showcased their creativity with the Dream Team’s ‘Nature Artistique’ and ‘All Doll’d Up’ – the debut performance by the ID Artists. The Dream Team is represented by some of the best hair artists in the industry today while the ID Artists are a group of dynamic young hair artists who would be the stars of tomorrow.

The curated hair looks were worn by the top models in the industry complete with avant-garde ensembles designed by renowned fashion designer Gavin Miguel. Each ensemble reflected Gavin’s signature style of detail and sophistication, setting the perfect tone for the grandeur evening. The show ended with the announcement of the winners of the IHA 2016-17 South Regional Finalists:

COLOUR TROPHY
Winner: Mohd. Shadab, Envi Salon, Hyderabad
First Runner-Up: Dhanasekharan, Vurve Salon, Chennai

CUT & STYLE
Winner: Bimal Pradhan – Vurve Salon, Chennai
Runner-Up: Shijo John – Enrich Salons, Bangalore

MEN’S IMAGE
Winner: A. Sridharan, Wink Hair & Makeup, Chennai
Runner-Up: M. Gajendran, Naturals Lounge, Chennai

YOUNG COLOURIST
Winner: Christopher Thangsangmuan, B-Blunt Salon, Bangalore
Runner-Up: Jitendra Rai, Enrich Salons, Bangalore

IHA 2016-17 travels next to Delhi for the NORTH Region Final on 1st December, 2016 followed by the WEST Region Final on 13th December, 2016! Catch all the action on IHA on Facebook @L’Oréal Professionnel India and Instagram @lorealprofindia.

For more information on the Indian Hairdressing Awards please visit indianhairdressingawards.com

About L’Oréal Professionnel:

Born in Paris, the capital of fashion and artistic inspiration, L’Oréal Professionnel has always kept its pace and rhythm in tune with the artistic community. Each season, the world’s top hairdressers work closely with designers to create the inspirational hairstyles that will grace the catwalks, setting the hair trends of tomorrow.

Education is a crucial part of success for L’Oréal Professionnel. From the company’s academies, to in-salon and on-location training, the company offers the professional salon community technical expertise, artistic inspiration and business building skills that bring self-improvement to individuals and empowerment to salon staff.