Carlow stylists claim top spot at this year's Alfaparf Milano Fantastic Hairdresser Awards

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Alfaparf Milano Fantastic Long Hair Award Joan Jordan, ALFAPARF Milano with winner Chloe Nolan from VANILLA HAIR SALON, Carlow with her model Ashlie McHutcheon. Photo Chris Bellew /Fennell Photography

Stylist Chloe Nolan (pictured above) from Vanilla Hair Design in Tullow won the Fantastic Long Hair Stylist Award and stylist Kelly Hogan (pictured below) from Rustiq Salon, Tullow Street won the Fantastic Junior Award at the Alfaparf Milano Fantastic Hairdresser Awards in Dublin recently. 

Meanwhile stylist Samantha Byrne (pictured below), Vanilla Hair Salon, Tullow, Carlow was second place runner-up in the Fantasy category at the 2018 awards.  

Now in its ninth year, it is the most widely anticipated and attended awards ceremony in the hairdressing industry on the island of Ireland.  The Awards took place in the RDS, Ballsbridge on Sunday, November 11.

The Awards give stylists an opportunity to showcase both their creative strengths and commercial acumen, through six creative, three business and one artistic – the Alfaparf Milano Inixia photographic award. 

The Awards’ prestige guarantees a large volume of contestants with almost 400 hairdressers from all over Ireland dedicating months of hard work preparing their entries for the 10 categories.

Acclaimed stylist, designer and TV presenter, Brendan Courtney, hosted the logistically massive event to which some 1,200 stylists and industry insiders attended.

The theme of this year’s show was ‘Go Modern’, inspired by the ‘Mod’ style-culture movement prevalent in 60’s London, which still inspires and influences today.

As explained by Paul Stafford, the Alfaparf Milano Global Ambassador, Artistic Director of the evening show and of Alfaparf  Milano’s Nexxt Generation Style Ambassador Creative team, comprising some of the most influential hairstylists from around the country.

"Nexxt Generation is a very serious commitment on the part of Alfaparf Milano and a core part of our remit for the show was to illustrate how a specific look and style is made emblematic of a cultural and social movement .

"‘Modernism’ or ‘Mod’ culture and style is all about moving forward and wanting to keep up with looks, thinking, attitude, music, cuts, clothes and fashion, where it’s all linked by a feeling of confidence and coolness.

"It’s always been my particular fascination and it’s always been the popular cultural movement that’s most hard to explain specifically because it’s all interlinked and it’s a feeling, a philosophy, a way of thinking, just as much as it’s a look," said Paul.

The Awards were judged by a panel comprising five internationally renowned industry experts: Joseph Koniak, Alessandro Fratini, Sean Dawson, Vivica Davies and Alan Edwards.