Approximately 60 participants in each of the two categories of the Gary Rom Hairdressing Cover Look Awards vied for top honours at this year’s event, held recently in Pretoria.
Felicia Booysen walked away with the Stylist award, with Timone Visser winning the Apprentice category. Prizes were sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional and ghd.
The Gary Rom Hairdressing Cover Look was introduced in 2015 and is open only to those who work within the Gary Rom franchise. Originally launched as a biennial event, it did not take place in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Says Gary Rom: “My motivation for this awards initiative was to create an internal competition that would inspire creativity, a feeling of belonging, and a sense of purpose in our teams.
“I have always placed a lot emphasis on apprentices in this competition as apprentices are the future of the brand. If we nurture them and place as much emphasis and importance on them as we do our stylists, the future of the Gary Rom Hairdressing brand will be secured.”
The preliminary rounds of the competition were judged on professional photographs that were taken and submitted. Independent judges chose the top 10 in each category to participate in the finals, where stylists and apprentices were able to display their creativity on models in a live competition on awards night. (Report by Joanna Sterkowicz)