Winners announced for TrendVision 2017

The Color Vision Gold Award was won by Mana Dave of Blaze, Auckland. Image supplied.

Last night, Sunday 10th September 2017, Wella’s annual TrendVision Awards celebrated the best in hairdressing and emerging talent across New Zealand and Australia. The prestigious event was held at TePapa in Wellington and was hosted by Benni and Kristian Tognini (Togninis) with a dedicated crowd of the hair industry’s finest talent coming together to celebrate a night of entertainment, creativity and hair fashion.

The competition saw forty talented finalists competing for the Gold Award in two categories: Color Vision and Creative Vision. To get a place in the final, each competitor had first entered a photographic competition to create their own interpretation of Wella Professionals’ ‘New Norm by Past Forward’ and ‘Ultra Contouring’ trends. Each finalist got to showcase the looks they created on stage before the panel of top industry judges including: Belinda Jeffrey (La Boutique), Bronwyn Illingworth (toni & guy New Zealand), Danny Pato (D&M Hair Design), Dennis Langford (toni & guy), Jayne Wild (Wild Life Hair), Lee Cohen (Reds Salon), Marie Uva (UVA Salon), Michael Beel (Buoy Hairdressing), Stephen Marr (Stephen Marr) and Uros Mikic (Kinky Curly Straight).

The TrendVision 2017 winners of the prestigious Creative Vision Gold Award are Kylie Hayes of Moha Hairdressing (New Zealand) and Beau Jenkins of UVA Salon (Australia). The Color Vision Gold Award was won by Mana Dave of Blaze (New Zealand) and Jack Horton of Jack Horton Hair Boutique (Australia). All four of the Gold Award winners will go on to compete at the International TrendVision Award which takes place in London in October. Beforehand they will each receive a once in a lifetime mentoring experience with two-time International Trend Vision winner, Lyndal Salmon of Biba Academy, Melbourne, as they prepare for the international competition.

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Creative Vision Gold Award was won by Kylie Hayes of Moha Hairdressing, Dunedin.

“This is a truly life changing opportunity for Australian and New Zealand hairdressers,” says Gina Thomas, Wella’s Education Director for Australia & New Zealand. “Wella TrendVision is their platform to get their work recognised on a national and international level. It also gives them the opportunity to work with an incredible talent and mentor, Lyndal Salmon, to prepare for the International Award in London. On behalf of Wella, I would like to congratulate Beau Jenkins, Kylie Hayes, Jack Horton and Mana Dave for being awarded Gold; We look forward to seeing you compete in London at International TrendVision. I would also like to thank everyone who entered this year; the standard of work was truly exceptional and we encourage you to enter the 2018 competition.”


  • GOLD Creative Vision: Kylie Hayes, Moha Hairdressing
  • GOLD Colour Vision: Mana Dave, Blaze.
  • SILVER Creative Vision: Jaimee Smith, Zaibatsu Hair Art
  • SILVER Colour Vision: Jamie Barakat, Ktizo
  • BRONZE Creative Vision: Sara Allsop, Dharma
  • BRONZE Colour Vision: Chinney Yeap, Buoy Salon & Spa
  • New Zealand Apprentice Winner: Jackson Rodeka, Zaibatsu Hair Art
  • New Zealand Salon Winner: Zaibatsu Hair Art

Congratulations to all the winners.

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Creative Vision Gold Award winner Kylie Hayes of Moha Hairdressing (left) and Color Vision Gold Award winner Mana Dave of Blaze (right).

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Wella TrendVision 2017 Australia and New Zealand winners.

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Belinda Jeffrey, Wella ambassador and owner of La Boutique, Sydney. Image supplied.

We chatted to TrendVision judge Belinda Jeffrey, Wella ambassador and owner of La Boutique, Sydney before the competition to find out what she looks for when choosing a winner, who her hair icons are and what her top tips are for healthy hair.

What do you look for when deciding a winner, and what makes a hair style stand out to you?
For me, the colour really stands out first. This year I will be looking at the technical side of the colour – ensuring there are no patches and really looking to see how the stylist has blended the colour, how they have blended different hues into each other, the variation of the blend and the tone of the colour itself.

What are you expecting to see in hair trends this year?
At Wella TrendVision 2016 we saw a lot of short, blunt and pixie cut hair. I’m hoping this year that there will be a return of the mid-length hair which really allows the stylist to show off their beautiful colour work.

How long does each competitor spend creating and styling their final looks?
It can take stylists up to half a day to complete their look! The colour processing alone can take three to four hours to process, the hair is then cut, styled to perfection and prepared for the final photograph.

What are you most looking forward to about Wella TrendVision this year?
I am really looking forward to seeing the contestants creatively and what they come up with! I’ve been with Wella for over 20 years now and I love seeing how the new talent visualise and product on people’s hair. I’m also very excited about the NZ entrants, I think they push the boundaries harder than the Australian contestants!

Who are your hair icons and why?
Madonna is still a hair icon for me, I know she’s old school but I love her! Working in the film industry I find that a lot of the actors, fashion gurus and film people become iconic to me – especially when working with Baz Luhrmann on Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby were all a huge inspiration for my colouring.

What are your favourite hair products and why?
The Wella Professionals treatment range is amazing! My absolute favourites are the System Professional Colour Save Shampoo and Conditioner which ensure long-lasting colour and protect against fading.

For curly hair, my favourite products are the System Professional Smoothen Shampoo and Conditioner which protect against frizz and really accentuate your beautiful curls.

As a colour specialist – my favourite tools are my Wella colours, Glad® cling wrap and foil!

What are your top tips for healthy hair?
If you’re thinking about getting your hair coloured then I can’t stress how essential it is to have a consultation with a professional colour specialist, especially if you’re lightening your hair for summer!

I tell my clients to not over blow-dry their hair, use a heat protection spray if you’re using tools on your locks and a treatment once a week will keep hair looking glossy and fresh.

Images supplied.

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