August 20, 2017


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Last night was the annual Contessa Awards. For those unfamiliar with the Contessas, it's a night that promotes Canadian talent by awarding 23 Contessas. The winners last night are among some of the best in Canadian hair artistry, makeup and nail design ( a new category ).

Only legitimate professionals are allowed to entry by submitting their best work. Winners are chosen by a panel of 4 independent industry experts. All entries are anonymous and are evaluated on originality, creativity, fashion appeal, model suitability and technical execution.

Some highlights from last night:

Contessa 2013

Avant Garde Hair Stylist of the Year - A Rendell

Nail Artist of the Year - Elfi Lemieux, Panache, Montreal, QC

Contessa 2013

Salon Team - Cutting Room Creative, Nanaimo, BC

Alberta Hairstylist

Alann Sluser - KoKo The Salon, Edmonton

Elite Master

Guylaine Martel, GM Artistes Coiffeurs, Mont St-Hilaire, QC

Salon Interior

Luca Crescia, Storm Hair Group, St, Catherines, On

Atlantic Hairstylist

Chelsea Sutherland - Hair Factory, St. John's

Extensions Artist

Frank Dicintio, Salon Gaboa, Woodbridge, ON

Sask/Man Hairstylist

Nikki Denatale, Elan Hair Studio, Winnipeg, MB

Avant Garde Hairstylist

A Rendell

Makeup Artist

Craig-Ryan French, CRF Makeup, Toronto, On

Session Hairstylist

Olivier Miotto, Glam Salon Boutique, Montreal, QC

BC Hairstylist

Alina Friesen - A Michael Levine Salon, Vancouver

Master Colourist

Lindie Blackwell, Spyce Spa & Hair Studio, Barrie, On


Jaelyn Walker, A Michael Levine Salong, Vancouver, BC

Canadian Hairstylist

Tony Ricci, Ricci Hair, Edmonton

Men's Hairstylist

Matthew Conrad, Victory Barber & Brand, Victoria, BC

Texture Hairstylist

Michelle Pargee, Milica Salon Spa, Langley, BC


Silas Tsang, Blushes, Ottawa, On

Multicultural Hairstylist

Stephanie Schewe, Salong Collage, Toronto, On

Nail Artist

Elfie Lemieux, Panache, Montreal, QC

New Hairsytlist

Cassandra Lounsbury, Zazou Salon & Spa, North Vancouver, BC

Salon Team

Cutting Room Creative, Nanaimo, BC

Ontario Hairstylist

Dorothy Tsang, Blushes, Ottawa, On

John Steinberg Award for Community Service

Salon 247, Brampton, On

Quebec Hairstylist

Eddy Santiago Burgos, Saco Hair, Montreal

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