Wow what a night! We are so incredibly pleased to announce that out of 118 salons nationwide, little ol’ us won three major nationally recognised awards last night at the NZ Kitomba Hairdressing Awards! This included taking out the biggest award of the night Kitomba NZARH New Zealand Salon Of The Year 2014! The other two awards were H&B Boutique Salon Of The Year and Schwarzkopf Business Stylist Of The Year—Kristal Sargent. We also came runner up for the Telecom Employer Of Choice Award. The night was amazing with 400 people attending and so much talent—it made me very proud to be a hairstylist.
We arrived at the venue in Wellington (Shed 6) at 6.15pm, and enjoyed pre-drinks in the foyer, which was a great way to mingle with pairs in the industry, and a great start to the night. After a glass of bubbles, we then moved into the dining room, which was absolutely spectacular! The only way to describe it was like a wedding for the rich & famous! Beautiful tables and chairs dressed up in fresh, white tableware, with gorgeous lighting, gorgeous centrepieces, and a beautiful entrée waiting for us when we were seated, plus a personalised menu!
The Editorial, Oceanic and HITO awards started after the entrée. We then enjoyed our main meal, which lead to a fantastic show, with fire throwers/dancers, and great music. After the beautiful main meal, the NZ Business Awards began! I was extremely nervous at this point, but at the same time overwhelmed with the excitement of having the honour of being a part of this amazing event, and being able to share it with my friends, family, and my team. I was beyond speechless to be awarded Schwarzkopf Business Stylist Of The Year and H&B Boutique Salon Of The Year, as were my team, but winning the overall NZ Salon of the Year (which was announced right at the very end) was phenomenal and emotionally fulfilling in a way that I can not even express properly with words. Thank you to all of our fantastic clients and supporters, friends, family, and my awesome girls Chevy and Joni. I cannot wait for another year of fun, success and creativity!