The biggest hair awards of the industry are underway! L’Oréal Professionnel the first round at the South Region Final, flagging off Indian Hairdressing Awards 2018-19 (IHA).
L’Oréal Professionnel has always appreciated, applauded and awarded talent in the Indian hair industry. Providing a platform for industry stalwarts to showcase their talent, the company had instituted the Indian Hairdressing Awards (IHA). Its third edition kicked off with the South Region Final. IHA has been designed to handpick the best of hairdressing talent across four categories. The competition includes four regional rounds and a national finale.
The 2018-19 leg of the competition witnessed hairdressers from across the country coming forward to present their hair artistry in a creative category of their choice. The categories include Colour Trophy, Cut & Style, Young Colourist and Men’s Image. For the first time ever, the entry submission to the competition was completely digitised. Aspiring hairdressers submitted their creative hair looks on a specially created digital platform – www.iha2018.in.
South Region Final
In the South Region Final, 35 teams competed, recreating their hair looks live before a panel of judges. The jury comprised experts from the fashion and beauty industry, including:
- Prominent hairstylist and Founder and Artistic Director, Elle Hair Studio, Malayasia – Simon Koh;
- Senior Beauty & Health Editor, Elle Magazine – Mamta Mody;
- Celebrated stylist Vivek Karunakaran;
- National Education Director – Maybelline, L’Oreal Paris and NYX Professional Makeup – Stafford Braganza;
5. Award winning fashion photographer Ashish Chawla.
Speaking on this occasion, Binaifer Pardiwalla – General Manager, L’Oreal Professionnel India shared that the brand, in its continued efforts to partner the industry into the future, will bring in digital innovations to the market.
She added, “This edition of the Indian Hairdressing Awards is significant, as it coincides with the 20 year anniversary of L’Oréal Professionnel in India. In this new era, where being ‘digital savvy’ has become a way of life, it has become necessary for salons and hairdressers to evolve at a rapid pace. With this in mind, we will bring to our partners the revolutionary StyleMyHair App – with augmented reality, developed especially for use in-salon only. This will put more power into the hands of the hairdressers, aiding increased consumer engagement.”
And the winner is…
Winner: Prasanna Manohar Samuel, Kapil’s Salon & Academy, Bangalore
First Runner-Up: Libemo Nguille. BBlunt Salon, Bangalore
Second Runner-Up: (Tie) Khusbu Bungchhen Rai. Green Trends, Chennai; and Biak Lun, Play Salon, Bangalore
CUT & STYLE
Winner: Esther Huailianmawi, Jean Claude Biguine, Bangalore
Runner-Up: Singirala Pavan Kumar, Kapil’s Salon & Academy, Hyderabad
Winner: Mohammad Ali, Naturals Lounge, Trivandrum
Runner-Up: (Tie) Rakesh N, Enrich Salon & Academy, Bangalore; and Smaran Thapa, Vurve Salon, Chennai
Winner: Pema Tsethar, Rock Paper Scissor Salon, Bangalore
Runner-Up: Ganesh Konduri, Kapil’s Salon & Academy, Hyderabad
The competition was followed by the Awards evening. The L’Oréal Professionnel Dream Team celebrated art with their show ‘ART Infinite’. The L’Oréal Professionnel ID Artists, a group of dynamic young hair artists, showcased their creativity with their show ‘#FUTURISTIC#HAIR’.
The North Regional Final of IHA 2018-19 will be held in Delhi on 12th November, followed by the East Region Final on 21st November, in Kolkata. West Region Final will be held in Mumbai on 3rd December.