AIPP 2014


BIBA Turns 40

The 70s. Picture it (or maybe you can remember it): flared jeans, ABBA, The Brady Bunch and Farrah Fawcett waves. For us though, the 70s was the decade BIBA was born – the passion project of young up-and-comer stylist Pavlos Divitaris who opened our first salon in Box Hill in ’75. Fast-forward to today, and the BIBA empire encompasses the largest salon group in Victoria and an Academy teaching and inspiring the next generation of talent. As for Pavlos himself, he’s won countless awards and accolades, worked closely with Vidal Sassoon and now after 50 years in the industry, sits comfortably in the Hairdressing Hall of Fame If you’re feeling a little nostalgic however, the good news is that BIBA is stepping back in time – straight to circa 1975 with its 40th anniversary celebrations, including opening our 14th store on iconic Acland Street, St Kilda. Our birthday took a trip down memory lane, with 10 models styled by the BIBA team sporting looks from the 70s, 80s, 90s and the 00s. The time travelling photo shoot was a chance to see what we do best: transforming an ordinary look into a work of art. Here’s to another 40 years. Keep in the loop with everything BIBA on our Instagram @bibasalonsofficial or follow all Academy news via @bibaacademy  


Leading global hair trends since 1975

Ever since our origins as a small Box Hill salon in 1975, we’ve become the best at what we do: cutting great hair and inspiring the next generation of styling talent through our Academy. Ultimately, a BIBA salon isn’t the kind of place you sit down for your usual cut and blow wave. Understanding the power of a good ‘do, we’re all about taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary. And our hard work has paid off too, with a founder in the Hairdressing Hall of Fame, a Creative Director as Hairdresser of the year, 15 unique BIBA salons around the world and a reputation for creating the hair trends, not just following them. But most importantly, we’ve forged a legion of clientele who believe as we do: that hair is the ultimate blank canvas where you engrave your own individuality. Keep in the loop with everything BIBA on our Instagram @bibasalonsofficial or follow all Academy news via @bibaacademy



MELBOURNE STYLIST TAKES TROPHY FOR THE SECOND YEAR RUNNING. Frank Apostolopoulos, creative director of Melbourne’s BIBA salon group, was again named the 2014 Hair Expo Australian Hairdresser of the Year. Winning the top prize in Australian hairdressing, Frank takes the national trophy to Victoria for just the fifth time in 18 years. The BIBA salon group is blitzing the Australian hairdressing awards winning again the highest accolade in Australian hairdressing, Hair Expo Australian Hairdresser of the Year and Hair Expo Education Organisation of the Year – both for the second year running. The award tops a long list of industry accolades for Apostolopoulos who was recently awarded one of the world’s most sought after prizes - winning the 2013-2014 AIPP AWARDS – BEST PHOTO CATEGORY in London where top hairdressers from 33 countries across the globe competed to become the international best. Last year was incredible Frank, who took out both the Hair Expo Australian Hairdresser of the Year and the AHFA Australian Hairdresser of the Year. Frank also won the Hair Expo Photographic Collection of the Year for the second year in a row. This is conjunction with launching his new hair-care range, the Biba Apothecary Concept made in Australia from the purist natural ingredients has capped off a string of exceptional accomplishments. As part of the annual awards at Hair Expo, held at the Sydney Exhibition Centre over the Queen’s birthday long weekend, Frank was named the top hairdresser in the country for the second year running. Having also been a finalist for the award for the past six years, it was considered a much-deserved win. Celebrating their 29th anniversary this year, the annual Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards are the longest running and most respected awards in the Australian and New Zealand hairdressing industry. They set the industry standard in the region and represent the pinnacle of hairdressing excellence in the southern hemisphere. Frank received his trophy at a spectacular gala ceremony in The Star event centre last night, hosted by James Mathison. With a strong eye for trends, Frank is a visionary for creating arresting and unique hair styles, a trend setter pushing the boundaries of hair fashion and has a clear prediction for the trends coming through in women’s hairdressing over the next season: “We’re moving away from undone, beachy-textured styles that have been big for the last few seasons – returning to a stronger, more masculine aesthetic. Colour-wise, we’re going to be seeing more directional monochromatic tones. Gone are the days of balayage and bed hair – women want more structured styles that look effortless and grown-in as soon as they step out of the salon.”

BIBA Academy Master Educator Lyndal Salmon WINNER – Young Talent Award Wella Trend Vision

Young Talent Award Wella Trend Vision

BIBA’S LYNDAL SALMON WINNER – YOUNG TALENT AWARD WELLA TREND VISION She may be one of Australia’s leading educators – taking out 3 back to back HBIA Educator of the Year Awards and finalist for the last two years for Hair Expo’s Educator of the Year but Lyndal Salmon is also proving herself a creative force in her own right! The Artistic Director and Head Educator at BIBA Academy took home GOLD for the coveted Young Talent Award at Wella Trend Vision Awards. Lyndal’s work will now be going global as she will represent Australia at the International Wella Trend Vision Awards in Frankfurt, Germany on May 4th 2014. The Wella Trend Vision Awards recognises Australia’s hairdressing elite and reveals who will represent our nation on the International stage. In a battle to showcase the very best that each country has to offer, the next generation of hairdressers submitted their interpretation of this year’s four inspirational trends -Fusion, Decibel, Echo and Allegra. Lyndal is an outstanding educator who goes above and beyond to provide the ultimate education experience at BIBA Academies. Her passion is evident in her award winning images that will now see her work showcased on a global stage. It’s good to know our hairdressers of the future are learning from the best.

BIBA’S Pavlos Divitaris inducted into the Hairdressing HALL OF FAME

Hall of Fame

Honoured for more than 50 Years in the Industry BIBA’S Pavlos Divitaris ha been inducted into the Hairdressing HALL OF FAME. Pavlos Divitaris, the man behind Victoria’s largest salon chain and renowned education academy, BIBA, was inducted into the Hair Expo Hall of Fame for his outstanding achievements within the industry. Hall of Fame provides the ultimate peer recognition awarded to the person who has made an outstanding contribution to the Australian or New Zealand hairdressing industry throughout his or her career. In an extraordinary career spanning over 50 years, Pavlos Divitaris has gone from sweeping the floor of a local barber shop; to working with the biggest names in the global industry and presiding over an amazing hairdressing empire that has trained thousands of hairdressers worldwide. Today he presides over an empire encompassing 14 salons -BIBA, the largest salon chain in Victoria -and two academies, all of which have won countless awards and accolades over the years, including the L’Oreal Colour Trophy for both the Colour Trophy and Men’s Hair Design; the coveted 2012 Australian Hairdresser of the Year; 12 out of 13 categories in the International Hair Society Awards (IHA Awards); and the HBIA awards for College of the Year, Educator of the Year and Colourist of the Year. “The 2012 Hall of Fame induction is celebrating the amazing achievements of a person whose creativity, passion and business vision have improved this industry for all of us,” said Julia Erben, Hair Expo Event Director, “It’s because they give so much of themselves that others can’t help but follow in their footsteps, driven to achieve by respect and love for this person.” Pavlos’s passion for giving back to his community has seen BIBA staff and students donate their time and develop events to raise funds for Australian’s in need. This year, BIBA Academy opened its doors to troubled teenage girls at risk for a special day of Beauty and Pampering with Miss Universe Australia and recently Pavlos arranged a team from BIBA to fly to Darwin to support Mission Australia’s event for young Australians. From the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, Flood Appeal, Breast Cancer Foundation to Eating Disorders Victoria and Fashion Aid; BIBA is a force within its local communities.   As a twelve-year-old boy living in a troubled country, rife with war and conflicting politics, the young Pavlos Divitaris earn't extra money to help his family survive through sweeping floors at the local barbershop in Florina, Greece. Pavlos’s father came to Australia in 1955, searching for a ‘better life’ and opportunities. The family joined a few years later, in 1958, and Pavlos grabbed his chance to cut hair; working as a barber in the local Fitzroy barbershop that his Uncle managed. It was Pavlos’s Uncle who encouraged him to ‘work with the Sheila’s’; once he found out that women were more of an interest to the young man. Good advice considering that Pavlos met his wife, Carmel, a client of his, when he moved into styling women’s hair. From that point on the two became a team to be reckoned with and after working with some of the world’s best including Vidal Sassoon; the BIBA brand was born in Australia. To be successful, it’s really only hard work. I’ve got amazing staff who are all my family, so we have a lot of fights as families do, but we’re together and we love what we do,” said Pavlos. “I think this (the Hall of Fame trophy) belongs to Vidal Sassoon. He changed my career.”


Frank Apostolopoulos
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