The most awaited hairdressing event in India comes to Kolkata

After four successful years of the Colour Trophy, L’Oréal Professionnel has upped the ante by re-christening their mega hairdressing event – the Indian Hairdressing Awards. The Colour Trophy has been the benchmark in hairdressing, raising the standards of creativity and innovation with each passing year, and this year has been no exception! The Indian Hairdressing Awards 2014-15 witnessed exemplary talent and outstanding creativity that will inspire new trends in the hairdressing industry.


In August this year, hairdressers across the country were invited by L’Oréal Professionnel to send in their entries – photographs of the looks they created – in a category of their choice. The categories included Colour Trophy, Cut & Style, Men’s Image and Young Colourist.  “We received more than 1000 entries this year! It is overwhelming to see the number of entries multiply with each edition of the IHA and the quality keeps getting better and better.” said Sussan Verghese GM Marketing, L’Oréal Professionnel.


The live competitions kick-started in the SOUTH, followed by the WEST regionals and then the EAST regional rounds in Kolkata, where the audience witnessed quite a spectacular show.  Entries were received from all over the east region from Kolkata, Mizoram, Cuttack, Jamshedpur etc. The 34 Regional Finalists at the EAST event worked hard to recreate their looks on the morning of the event for a panel of judges which included a mix of experts from the fashion and beauty industry. The judges included photographer Somnath Roy, makeup artist Stafford Braganza and fashion director Ekta Rajani.

The evening saw the main event – starting with a ramp walk of each of the teams with their models proudly showing off their looks for the audience of 300. The L’Oréal Professionnel Dream Team (6 hairstylists handpicked by L’Oréal Professionnel from across the country who are known for their exceptional artistic skill), then enthralled guests with a live hair-show themed – ‘Tribes’. The 20 minute perfectly curated show, displayed some of the most exotic hairdos depicting Tribes as communities who come together with a common purpose. The outfits creat34 ed by Designer Gavin Miguel had his signature style of detail and sophistication to set the right tone for the evening. The night ended with the announcement of the National Finalists.

Ekta Rajani
Talking about the awards, Mr. Aseem Kaushik, Director, L’Oréal Professional Products Division said, “We are excited to commence the 5thedition of the Indian Hair Dressing Awards. Since the launch of L’Oréal Professionnel in India in 1997, we have worked to professionalise the industry through training and provide them with artistic inspiration. This event is our endeavor to create a national platform to recognize excellence in not only the art but also the business of hairdressing.”
After the awards ceremony, celebrations continued with attendees dancing the night away! This evening was indeed an event to remember for the industry.

Below is the list of national finalists from the East Regional rounds:

The Colour trophy Award:
Winner: Mukesh Kumar Thakur, Head Turners, Guwahati
First Runner-Up: S.K.Imran, EyeCatchers salon, Kolkata
Second Runner-Up: C. Lalkhumtira, KT Hair Studio, Mizoram
The Cut and Style Award:
Winner: Sudipta Dey, Kris Beauty Parlour, Kolkata
First Runner-Up: Kashi Kumar Sapkota, Head Turners, Kolkata
Runner-Up: C Lallianmawii, KT Hair Studio, Mizoram


The Men’s Image Award:
Winner: Roshan Kumar Lama, Eyecatchers salon, Guwahati
Runner-Up: Mahboob Alam, Oxyzen Professionnel Family Salon & Spa, Kolkata
The Young Colorist Award:
Winner: Suraj, Hair n Face Academy, Jamshedpur
Runner-Up: Asang Lemtur, AN John, Kolkata


After East the last leg of the regional competitions will be held in New Delhi, culminating into the magnificent Grand Finale scheduled to be held in Goa in February 2015.
the winners of loreal professionel hairdressing awards Eastern Zone
About L’Oréal Professionnel
Since its creation, L’Oréal Professionnel has always been committed to providing salon professionals with only the best in art, technique and technology. The company strives to provide new development opportunities for Indian hairstylists through superior products, innovative marketing, advanced education and access to a worldwide network of leading hairdressers.
Born in Paris, the capital of fashion and artistic inspiration, L’Oréal Professionnel has always kept its pace and rhythm in tune with the artistic community. Each season, the world’s top hairdressers work closely with designers to create the inspirational hairstyles that will grace the catwalks, setting the hair trends of tomorrow.
Education is a crucial part of success for L’Oréal Professionnel. From the company’s academies, to in-salon and on-location training, the company offers the professional salon community technical expertise, artistic inspiration and business building skills that bring self-improvement to individuals and empowerment to salon staff.

About the L’Oréal Professionnel Dream Team
The L’Oréal Professionnel Dream Team is a group of six of the country’s most artistic hairdressers. They together represent L’Oréal Professionnel by showcasing their talent at the brand’s various events, master classes and hair shows. The Dream Team works closely with the L’Oréal Professionnel Artistic Team continuously keeping themselves abreast of global trends and the latest in fashion.

  • Sachin Dakoji, Creative Head, Mane’a Salons, Hyderabad: With over 20 years of hair dressing experience, Sachin is well known in South Indian Film Industry, and a favourite of many celebrities. Famed for his brilliant makeovers and exotic styles, he is a senior member of the L’Oréal Professionnel Dream Team, and a member of the International Haute Coiffure Française.
  • Walter Dorairaj, Celebrity Hairstylist: Walter has worked on many Bollywood films and commercial campaigns for various brands. He frequently works on photo shoots for editorials of leading magazines. Walter won the Men’s Image Runner-up Award and the Man’s World Award at the L’Oréal Professionnel Colour Trophy 2011.
  • Dhruv Abichandani, Artistic Director, Drama Salon, Mumbai: One of the youngest members of the prestigious Haute Coiffure Française, Dhruv represented young Indian hairdressing with the beautiful ‘India Show’ at Haute Coiffure Française, Paris in 2011. He’s the creative force guiding the team at the Drama Salon.
  • Raman Bhardwaj, A.N John Salons, Kolkata: A member of the prestigious Haute Coiffure Française and a senior member of the L’Oréal Professionnel Dream Team, Raman has worked on hairstyles for the Kingfisher Calendar Girls in 2007. With 14 years of hair styling experience, he is known for his exotic and breathtaking work.
  • Akshata Honawar, Creative Director, Runah Salon, Mumbai: Member of the Haute Coiffure Française, Akshata was also part of the team that presented the ‘India Show’ at Haute Coiffure Française, Paris in 2011. She has been a part of the Creative Hairdressers’ Forum (CHF) for many years and has brought her expertise into styling for various fashion shows and for many magazine photo shoots.
  • Carole Robequin, Senior Manager (Training) & Head Creative, Jean-Claude Biguine, India: With over 27 years of experience in hairstyling as a colourist, Carole has a beautifully refined language of hairdressing. She has managed salons across the fashion capitals of the world including New York, Singapore, Paris and Beijing. For the last 8 years she has been sharing her expertise through training hairdressers and building strong creative teams, and is often called upon for fashion shoots of various magazines.

Disclaimer: Poorna Banerjee was invited to the L’Oreal Professionel Indian Hairdressing Award by L’Oreal Professionel.

Written by Poorna Banerjee

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