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International Hairdressing Awards: Meet This Year's Outstanding Judges!

Thursday, 30 July 2020 09:54

International Hairdressing Awards’ machine goes at full speed, announcing the five names that will make up the professional jury for their third year. Again, the competition has a jury formed by five renowned public figures of international hairdressing.

Mark Hayes (United Kingdom) is one of the most renowned names in hairdressing industry. For over 40 years, Mark Hayes has been inspiring hairdressers at Sassoon with his passionate approach to hair and his technical expertise. Mark began his love affair with hair as an apprentice at the busy Sassoon Salon in London in 1977 and In 1980 he moved into teaching at the London school. Soon, he was promoted to Salon Creative Director. In 1986 Mark was named UK Creative Director, responsible for the education and development of the next generation of Sassoon Creative Directors dividing his time between the salons and academies, coaching the teams in all aspects of their work. He has been nominated for British Hairdresser of the Year title for nine years in a row.

Vivienne Mackinder (USA) is one of the most highly respected international innovators in the hairdressing profession. Currently based in New York, Vivienne grew up in London where she landed a position with Vidal Sassoon and eventually becoming his artistic director. In 1990, she left London for the United States and the chance to work with Trevor Sorbie as his International Creative Director. Nowadays, she is an in demand featured guest artist and educator for events worldwide and divides her time between teaching, editorial shoots and entertainment entities like MTV. Also, Vivienne is the founder of, an online hairdressing platform.

Sam Villa (USA) is one of the most respected and beloved professionals / educators in the world, in addition to his crusade for making social media a place of respect, positivity and admiration among colleagues. Sam Villa is co-founder of Sam Villa®, NAHA Lifetime Achievement Award 2017, member of Intercoiffure America / Canada, Behind the Chair Stylist Choice Award Winner for Favourite Platform Artist and Educator (2012, 2011 and 2007), Favourite Overall Educator of the Year (2015) and Global Artistic Ambassador for Redken 5th Avenue. In 2020, he has been awarded with the International Hair Influencer of the Year award.

Tracey Hughes (Australia) has headlined the most coveted global events, presenting across the world to over 500,000 Salon professionals worldwide. A talented hair artist who paved the way with trendsetting work, Tracey is one the most recognised and awarded educators in the beauty industry globally. Now an Executive for Coty Professional Beauty, Tracey leads Education & Digital Transformation, and is the Founder of not-for-profit Leading Ladies movement. Tracey’s commitment to the hair & beauty industry was recognised when in 2018 she was humbly inducted into the Hall Of Fame for the Australian Hair Industry Awards.

Antonio Bellver is a renowned Spanish hairdresser, born in Barcelona and based in Mexico, where he has practically carried out his entire artistic career. Bellver has been artistic director of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Mexico and Intercoiffure Mexico and has more than 2,500 courses and seminars taught throughout his career. In addition, he is the author of five hairdressing books and is preparing the sixth and has multiple recognitions from the hairdressing sector worldwide.

The competition

Entries for the third year of the International Hairdressing Awards® are open until September 23rd 2020. Two categories need a pre-nomination to participate: International Hairdresser of the Year and International Artistic Team of the Year. The other three categories are open to every hairdresser in the world to participate. Once the entry period closes, on September 23rd, the judges will vote the participating collections and on October 16th 2020, the finalists will be announced at Salon Look Madrid, where a gallery with the finalists’ collections will be presented. The International Hairdressing Awards® third edition will take place on February 2021.

The International Hairdressing Awards are an independent beauty organisation, powered by hairdressers, that has been supported in its first edition by a main sponsor of international relevance who believe in the message and mission of these awards, Revlon Professional®. Salon Look Madrid-Ifema also acts as sponsor. The two highly regarded firms have bet high and combined forces to make this contest an international success as well as, Estetica Magazine as global media partner, with 24 editions worldwide, which will cover and aid in the efforts of this amazing event.


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