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Wella National TrendVision Awards 2021 – Party Report and Winners

Even before the winners of the Wella National TrendVision Awards 2021 (NTVA) were announced, the party on Sunday 29th August was well on its way. When invitations for the event at Stardust Theatrical Dining went out there was an overwhelming response, and that tells you all you need to know about the celebration that followed!

Host, comedian and actor Kurt Schoonraad, kicked off the celebration by introducing the NTVA judges. In a tight contest to find one winner among the Top 6 in each of three NTVA categories, Colour Artist, Craft Artist and Men’s Hair, the nine judges longlisted, shortlisted and finally cast their votes earlier in the day.

MHB MD Chris Stofberg and host Kurt Schoonraad

The Judges: Andrew Guilfoyle, Kelly Red, Guy Kleinhaus, Chad Hanna, Ezra Isaacs, Charles Junior Louw (abstained to vote in his category), Flo Neascu. Not photographed: Steven Phillips and Jean Witte.

MHB MD Chris Stofberg welcomed guests with the just-in news that Modern Hair & Beauty, distributor of Wella Professionals, had won not one, but two HairNews Industry Awards. The MHB Education Team took the award for Best Online Education 2021, singling out Sybil Momple-Joharie as Best Educator 2021.

On stage at Stardust the excitement was rising as we edged closer to the announcement of the NTVA winners. But first, entertainment. Burlesque dancers with magnificent hair by the now-award-winning(!) MHB Education Team writhed and teased across the stage to thunderous applause. MHB salon awards for Best Retailer and Best Colour Salon followed.

MHB Education Team, winners of HairNews Best Online Education 2021.    L-R: National Education Manager Elizma Crous, Sybil Momple-Joharie, Mariska Treurnicht, Cassandra Bailey, Sheila da Silva, Jonathan Jordaan, Minette Geyer. Unable to attend were Jane Alves, Carla Saraiva and Lynette Cronje.

The night’s raison d’être finally arrived and the Top 6 in each category were introduced. The extraordinary level of craft and mastery in this year’s Top 6 was evident and judging a winner could not have been easy. And so, the announcements began with overwhelming joy and support for the winners from all those present.

Colour Artist Gold Award: Charles Junior Louw, Excentric.
Junior won the International Creative Artist Award in 2020. He became the first South African to win this category.
Silver Award: Juané van der Walt, Scar.
Bronze Award: Nicholas Anamourlis, Nikolas Michael
People’s Choice Award: Nicole Deacon, Deacons Durban

Craft Artist Gold Award: Juané van der Walt, Scar
Silver Award: Terry Scott, Terry Scott Hairdressing
Bronze Award: Jenna Marais, Excentric
People’s Choice Award: Melody Du Plessis, Hair Styli’n Chic, Gansbaai

Men’s Hair Gold Award: Tannah-Gracie Robinson, Shag High Voltage Hair (Unable to attend)
Silver Award: Fabio Macchia, Shag High Voltage Hair
Bronze Award: Joni Anderson, Shag High Voltage Hair
People’s Choice Award: Fabio Macchia, Shag High Voltage Hair, PE.

Congratulations to all the winners. As part of their prize, Junior and Juané will attend the Destination Event 2022 in Gran Canaria where they will have an opportunity to develop their craft with other passionate colleagues from the Wella community. South Africa’s Men’s Hair Gold Award winner Tannah-Gracie will compete against all other country gold winners and the Top 5 will be selected in March 2022, they will receive and invitation to the Destination event in 2022.

Thanks to all who attended the NTVA event in-person and to those who watched the live feed. It was a night that will not easily be forgotten.

TrendVision 2022 – get ready for a NEW category

We welcome the introduction of a new category in the competition: Natural Texture Artist. The focus will be on wavy, curly or coily hair and will take its inspiration from the model’s natural hair texture. This development means that we can we look forward to a more diverse competition in 2022 than ever before.