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The Matrix Collective Playground Recap

On Tuesday 2nd April we concluded our week long Matrix Playground tour around Australia! The show travelled from Adelaide, to Perth, then Brisbane, to Sydney and finally stopping off in Melbourne for the finale. Matrix Playground was full of fun and excitement with a carnival twist. A balloon artist, streamer photo wall, and Total Results colour coordinated lolly bar brought the festival to life.

Matrix Playground was an event full of energy and creativity. Stevie English, Kobi Bokshish, Adam Ciaccia and Mat Johnson - members of our Matrix Australia Artistic Team -put on a hair show to showcase the latest trends in colour and styling, ranging from minimalist and commercial looks to more expressive and artistic looks.


This year, Matrix Playground also featured our Matrix Collective Competition state finals! This all-inclusive competition was open to the entire hairdressing industry. There was no need for high production photography or image retouching, just the use of Matrix colour. This meant that hairdressers from all over Australia were able to simply upload a smartphone image of a look they had created to enter the competition.


The calibre of entries was astounding and each state finalist was selected by our esteemed panel of judges: Paul Frasca (Owner/Director of Sustainable Salons Australia and Board Member of Australian Hairdressing Council), Marie Cain (Creative Director Headstudio, Redken Artist, and WA/NT Hairdresser of the Year Finalist 2019), Sandy Chong (CEO/Board Member of Australian Hairdressing Council), and Cameron Pine (Managing Editor of InStyle).


Our state finalists were then given the opportunity to recreate their looks for our judges and parade their creation down the catwalk at Matrix Playground with the winners of each state being announced at the end of the night.


Congratulations again to all of our Matrix Collective winners for 2019! Each of our winners will now take part in an editorial photoshoot with InStyle Magazine, including PR, social media and marketing support, to showcase their creative work.


Individual Winners
SA/NT: Lauren Hutcheson – Scizzor Lounge
WA: Shauna Moore – Lemon Laine
QLD: Joanne Bird – B&B Hair Salon
NSW/ACT: Leah Rowley – Stevie English Hair
VIC/TAS: Moshe Vaknin – Gloss Hair Dezign

Team Winners
SA/NT: Maria Puccio and Madison Logozzo – Acqua Lounge Hair Studio WA: Hayley Keep and Jayde Osterburg – Earth Wind Fire Hair
QLD: Sandy Kennedy and Danni Colebert – OMG! Hair Bar
NSW/ACT: Leanne Kay and Harrison Sansom – Stevie English Hair
VIC/TAS: Ellana Dolman and Siobhan Tour – Hairhouse Southland

Click here to see all of our Matrix Collective finalists looks and vote for the People’s Choice Award! Each valid voter will also go into the draw to win a Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer just for voting!

AU only. Ends 26/4/19 11:59pm AEST. Max 1 voting form submission per person. T&Cs apply.


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