HAIR EXPO AUSTRALIAN HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR 2014 WINNER
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.”
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.”
Best Photo Category
Australia’s Frank Apostolopoulos WINNER in the 2013-2014 AIPP AWARDS Australia’s Frank Apostolopoulos has been awarded one of the hairdressing world’s most prestigious accolades – winning the biggest international hairdressing industry awards as WINNER in the 2013-2014 AIPP AWARDS – BEST PHOTO CATEGORY with his collection TEAR. Hairdressers from across the globe competed to become the international best with BIBA Australia’s Creative Director, Apostolopoulos chosen from hundreds of eminent hairdressers from over 33 countries. Fellow finalists represented countries including Brazil, USA, UK, Taiwan, Spain and Switzerland. 2013 has been an incredible year for Frank who has taken 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. Frank will travel to London for the AIPP Awards Ceremony where an enthusiastic audience of hairdressers from all around the world will honour his artistic achievements. The Awards will take place during the ALTERNATIVE HAIR SHOW at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall, London (UK) on October 13th 2013. View the collection here.