02 Dec 2021

Kilkenny stylist wins at Fantastic Hairdresser Awards

Hairdressing award Kilkenny

Adeline Feighery, ALFAPARF Milano and Linda Morgan from Rustiq, Kilkennny, Photo Chris Bellew /Fennell Photography Copyright 2018

Stylist Linda Morgan from Rustiq Salon, Loughboy, Kilkenny has won the Fantastic Hairdresser Award at the ALFAPARF MILANO FANTASTIC HAIRDRESSER AWARDS 2018. 

Her colleague, stylist Kerrie-Anne Ayers, of Rustiq Salon, was third place runner-up in the Fantastic Long Hair Stylist category at the ALFAPARF MILANO FANTASTIC HAIRDRESSER AWARDS 2018.  

Now in its ninth year, it is the most widely anticipated and attended awards ceremony in the hairdressing industry on the island of Ireland.  The Awards took place in the RDS, Ballsbridge, yesterday, Sunday, 11th of November, 2018.

The Awards give stylists an opportunity to showcase both their creative strengths and commercial acumen, through six creative, three business and one artistic – the ALFAPARF MILANO Inixia photographic award. The 10 winners are recognised and acknowledged as representing the best in Ireland’s hairdressing industry. The Awards’ prestige guarantees a large volume of contestants with almost 400 hairdressers from all over Ireland dedicating months of hard work preparing their entries for the 10 categories.

Acclaimed stylist, designer and TV presenter, Brendan Courtney, hosted the logistically massive event to which some 1,200 stylists and industry insiders attended.

The theme of this year’s show was ‘Go Modern’, inspired by the ‘Mod’ style-culture movement prevalent in 60’s London, which still inspires and influences today. As explained by Paul Stafford, the ALFAPARF MILANO Global Ambassador, Artistic Director of the evening show and of ALFAPARF Milano’s Nexxt Generation Style Ambassador Creative team, comprising some of the most influential hairstylists from around the country. “Nexxt Generation is a very serious commitment on the part of ALFAPARF MILANO and a core part of our remit for the show was to illustrate how a specific look and style is made emblematic of a cultural and social movement . ‘Modernism’ or ‘Mod’ culture and style is all about moving forward and wanting to keep up with looks, thinking, attitude, music, cuts, clothes and fashion, where it’s all linked by a feeling of confidence and coolness. It’s always been my particular fascination and it’s always been the popular cultural movement that’s most hard to explain specifically because it’s all interlinked and it’s a feeling, a philosophy, a way of thinking, just as much as it’s a look”, said Paul.


The Awards were judged by a panel comprising five internationally renowned industry experts: Joseph Koniak, Alessandro Fratini, Sean Dawson, Vivica Davies and Alan Edwards.

ALFAPARF MILANO Fantastic Hairdresser 2018 Award Winners:

Fantastic Stylist Award – Denise Philips from PELO HAIRDRESSING, Newbridge, Co. Kildare

Fantastic Hair Colourist Award – Stephanie O'Keeffe from GUAPA HAIR SALON, Cork

Fantastic Fantasy Hair Stylist Award - Hannah Kavanagh from Black Amber, Gorey, Co. Wexford

Fantastic Long Hair Stylist Award – Chloe Nolan from VANILLA HAIR SALON, Carlow

Fantastic Gents Hair Stylist Award – Fergal O'Connor from ORIGIN HAIR DESIGN, Cork City

Fantastic Junior Award – Kelly Hogan from RUSTIQ Salon, Co. Carlow

Fantastic Salon Award – IKON Hair Design, Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork City

Fantastic Hairdresser Award – Linda Morgan from Rustiq, Loughboy, Co. Kilkenny

Fantastic Marketing Award – The Greene Room, Killaloe, Co. Clare 

ALFAPARF MILANO INIXIA Photographic Award – Ciaran Dowd, Occasions Hairdressing, Naas, Co. Kildare

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