2018 JUDGES


Kris Sorbie
The innovator and creator of Ombré, Kris Sorbie is a world renowned Educator, The Global Artistic Director for Redken 5th Ave NYC and President of Kris Sorbie Inc.
She was born in London, England and, from the age of 7 years old knew she had to be a hairdresser... A decision that ultimately led to her being recognized as the creator of Ombré, the global trend in hair coloring techniques.
Her emergence didn’t come easily she says, “Fortunately for me hairdressing in England during the 1970’s was going through ‘a revolution,’ the ‘Shampoo & Set’ salons were disappearing and being replaced with the Vidal Sassoon inspired ‘Cut & Blow-dry’ salons. This change empowered me to benefit and learn from both eras.
The journey felt long, 2 years full time in beauty school learning techniques I thought I would never use... I was so wrong, had I not known how to set hair, marcel wave, finger wave and do wig work I would never have had the opportunity to work on the New York & LA Fashion Weeks, Photo Shoots or Hair Shows.
I constantly doubted myself, my ability, my creativity, my taste level and had many failures! I stopped doing hair for 4 years, went into Interior Designs of hair salons however, my passion for hair and the Industry was stronger than I’d imagined, I couldn’t stay away but had to re-invent myself. That was the drive that pushed me to color hair in a different way.
In 1996 I created my first Ombré... people said I was crazy, no-one would wear ‘roots’ intentionally, no-one would wear different colors in their hair. These comments just made me even more determined to show the world that, done tastefully it could be a trend... so here we are today and Ombré is much more than a trend, it’s an accepted method of application to create soft, natural effects on hair now seen executed all over the world! 


Tony Rizzo

Recognised the world over, as one of British hairdressing’s best, tony’s primary job is managing director of the ever-developing sanrizz empire. But, a relentless passion to progress the hairdressing industry sees his time splintered to accommodate show and seminar work, international exhibition appearances, photo shoots, the sanrizz academy and education development.
Not forgetting of course his extraordinary 33 years of devotion to alternative hair, notorious for its awesome creativity and mammoth fund raising in excess of nearly 10 milion pounds for Leukaemia Research.
Energetic, engaging and an irrepressible optimist filled to the brim with Mediterranean flair, equalled by a classic Italian temperament, tony says his success is down to sheer hard unremitting intent to succeed, to be the best.
Hence the advancement of the innovative sanrizz cutting and styling techniques which deliver the characteristic sanrizz stamp of distinction. definitive styles that are vibrant, precise, polished and perfect.
“No matter what level of experience or how successful your business, it is paramount to continue developing skills, new concepts and fresh techniques,” says Tony.



Tracey Hughes
4 x Educator of the Year and 4 x Excellence in Education recipient, Tracey is unique in her ability to bring out the best in others.

Like you, Tracey’s working philosophy is grounded in values of quality, integrity and efficiency. Discover new training methods with guaranteed results.
Tracey has presented to over 500,000 people across Australia, China, Dubai, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan, UK, and the USA.
The most awarded educator in the beauty industry today, an industry influencer and popular media TV personality. A trendsetter, her striking photographic images have graced countless front covers worldwide and she contributes as a columnist to the press regularly.
A captivating keynote speaker, highly skilled at engaging an audience Tracey possesses an extraordinary infectious energy. From humble beginnings, Tracey has endured many professional and personal challenges and presents her inspirational journey with integrity, humor and emotion.
Equally strategic and creative, Tracey has the ability to work logistically helping organizations develop their education systems, digital assets and brand image. Coaching teams to elevate culture, presentation skills and leadership confidence to drive sales. 


Luis Alvarez
BaBylissPRO® Senior VP of Marketing, Creative & Education, Luis Alvarez, is an award-winning master hairdresser and photographer. He was knighted into the L’Ordre de la Chevalerie, one of the highest honors given by Intercoiffure. Luis was also voted one of Modern Salon’s 50 Most In uential Hairdressers and awarded the prestigious LEO Award from Pivot Point International.
His internationally renowned expertise in product development, image-making and education is born out of his unique history spanning over 30 years in the fashion and beauty industry. First, he has been the creative driving force behind the formulation of all Aquage and Biomega products. Second, after working for many years as a freelance hairdresser with top fashion photographers, magazine editors and models, he became a photographer himself, and created the powerful visual imagery Aquage is known for throughout the salon industry. And now, Luis elevates education to the highest level, leading the BaBylissPRO® team of artists and top educators on the stage, at shows, educational events and at Aquage Masterclass academies across the country.
To Luis, knowledge is an energy source we can all tap into to inspire creative growth. As a leader and educator, he believes that the secret to elevating our craft lies in our ability to share knowledge. His engaging style, refreshing attitude and a penchant for creating truly beautiful and exciting styles, makes Luis one of the most sought-after talents in the beauty industry. His passion and cre- ative vision bring innovation, education and inspiration to the professional salon industry. 


 

 

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