So, I was really happy when I got invited to the Indian Hair Dressing Awards 2016-17, North Region Finals, which was presented by my Favorite brand L’Oreal Professional! The award ceremony was on December 1st and the venue was J.W. Marriot, Aerocity. As soon as I entered the venue I could sense a gala night! There was an awesome loud music with the bar providing all sorts of drinks! While we were waiting for the main hall to open, we had some drinks and got ourselves clicked with the super cute cutouts, etc. After some wait, the main hall was opened and we took our seats. The grand opening started and we were in awe! If you follow me on social media and especially Instagram, you would have definitely seen the many videos and Instagram stories I posted that day!
Let me give you a little insight about these awards. This was the 2nd edition of the Indian Hairdressing Awards, L’Oréal Professionnel clearly aimed to bring the best of hairdressing talent from across the North 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 the number of entries, the towns and salons they come from and more importantly the quality of hairdressing. As a brand that invests heavily in 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 North Region Final recreating their hair look live before a panel of judges, represented by experts from the fashion and beauty industry. The eminent judge panel included prominent hairstylist Simon Koh, charismatic Editor, Cosmopolitan Magazine Nandini Bhalla, revered designer Namrata Joshipura, celebrated makeup artist Venus Pereira and ace fashion photographer Charudutt Chitrak.
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 little ballet and contemporary dance pieces jazzed up the event even more!
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 North Regional Finalists:
Winner: Sushant Maini- Bella Madonna
First Runner-Up: Pawan Kumar- Bella Madona
Second Runner-Up: Ammy Malezza- Looks Salon
CUT & STYLE
Winner: Md. Salman- Neu Salonz
Runner-Up: Dimple- Looks Salon
Winner: Vipin Tamta- Looks Salon
Runner-Up: Javed Salmani- Bella Madonna
Winner: Farhan Irfani – Looks Salon
Runner-Up: Gaganpreet Kaul- Salon 11
Now I certainly know where to go if I want a hair cut and styling or coloring done! I am sure this would give you an idea too about the same! What I witnessed that day was just amazing!
IHA 2016-17 travels next to Mumbai for the WEST Region Final on December 13th, 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