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Show and competition season are in full swing across the pond. With Global.Synergy this week, Salon International and the Alternative Hair show on the horizon….we have tons of great hair to celebrate. The Alternative Hair Show, sponsored by TIGI, announced the International Visionary Awards Finalists. We were thrilled to see some of our past Bangstyle Supremes winners on the list!

Brainchild of Alternative Hair President, Anthony Mascolo, it was created to encourage and identify new talent, giving hairdressers the opportunity to show their artistry on stage in their own show. All while raising much-needed funding for “Fighting Leukemia”; a charity set up by Tony and Maggie Rizzo to support Leukemia sufferers, primarily children and their families.

Despite being a UK based competition, regional shows have begun to pop up in Russia, Italy and Ireland with entries coming from exciting talent from around the globe. As part of this years festivities the nominees in 2 categories, Commercial Cut & Color and Avant-Garde, will present at the awards finale. Here is a list of the talented nominees:

Ah Kim Anthony Tan, Australia

Anteo Geminiani,  Italy

Alexander Kiryliuk, Belarus

Ashleigh Hodges, UK

Christoph Skoff, Austria

Dean Bradwell, UK

Edel Jones, Ireland

Emmanuel Esteban, UK

Gino Fung, Taiwan

Hattie Stokes, UK

Hu Fong-Wei, Taiwan

Joe Raad, Lebanon

Julia Baranova, UK

Kilian Garrigos, Spain

Kurtis Blissett, Wales

Kobi Bokshish, Australia

Lenka Hajsove, Czech Republic

Matthew Whiting, UK

Michael Bosacki, UK

Mirko Battipaglia, Italy

Nadia Semanic, Australia

Nuru Perkins, UK

Orifici Tindaro, Germany

Paweł Babicz, Poland

Puck Essers, Netherlands

Richi Grisillo, Australia

Ramona Malaguti, Italy

Roberto Marcon, Italy

Roberto Baiocchi, Italy

Rossa Danagher, Ireland

Tony Ricci, Canada

Valeria Barba, Italy

Zfofia Eszteri, Hungary

Tony Rizzo, Founder of Alternative Hair, said ‘The International Visionary Awards received record submissions this year. The shortlist was truly impressive and competition to select the finalists was fierce. We have some amazing hairdressers in the final. It will be exciting to see who wins the International Visionary Awards, securing their opportunity to present at the 2015 Alternative Hair Show’.

Anthony Mascolo, President of Alternative Hair, said “Adding the commercial cut and colour section to the Visionary Awards has taken the competition to a new level. We have seen some beautiful colours and great techniques. In the avant-garde section Pat and I were thrilled to see the detailed work and skill of many of the entries. Seeing the live final will be very exciting.”

The 2014 Line Up is:

Anne Veck, UK                                

Bundy Bundy, Austria

Class, Italy

Dimitry Vinukurov, Russia

é Salon, Australia

Fehringer, Austria

Gerry Santoro, Italy

Gogen, Italy

Klaus Peter Ochs, Germany

Kohsuke Visual Network, Japan

Lazlo Hajas, Hungary

Mahogany, UK

Paul Mitchell, Robert & Angus, USA

Petra Mechurova, Czech Republic

Saco, UK

Sanrizz, UK

Sassoon, UK

Stevo, Slovenia

TIGI Creative Team, UK

Toni&Guy, UK

Our very own Audrey Adrine will report back on the festivities. If you would like to attend the 32nd Alternative Hair show ‘Equilibrium’ is on Sunday 12th October at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall.  Tickets are available via www.alternativehair.org