Licensed beauty professionals from across the country came together on November 4, 2018 to celebrate at the 30th annual Contessa Awards gala. To honour this landmark anniversary, the coveted competition sparkled like never before at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto.
The Canadian Hairstylist of the Year Awards - the Contessas – are the gold standard in Canadian beauty awards and Great Lengths Canada could not be more proud to be a sponsor! Since 1988, each year the Contessas bring the best of Canada’s talent together to measure their creativity in a photo-based competition open to all licensed beauty professionals from coast to coast.
23 awards were presented to the biggest names in Canadian beauty. In addition to 19 awards honouring excellence in hairstyling, further awards include Canadian Nail Artist of the Year, Makeup Artist of the Year, Salon Interior Design and The John Steinberg Award for Community Service.
Entrants in the photo-based awards remain anonymous through two rounds of judging performed by panels of independent experts. The first round of judging is live, performed by judges selected from within the Canadian professional beauty industry. The second is performed online, by experts from around the world. In the past, this panel has included beauty editors, photographers and celebrity hairstylists. Being awarded a Contessa from this panel of best-in-class artists and professionals is a true honour; excellent for a portfolio and reputation, and better still for business and opening doors!
Our Great Lengths Canada team proudly presented the award for Avant Garde Hairstylist of the year to winner, Silas Tsang, of Blushes Salon in Ottawa. Silas also won the honour of Elite Master Hairstylist. Such amazing talent - congratulations Silas!
We’d like to congratulate all the winners and finalists on their inspirational work. The outstanding creativity of these collections continues to push boundaries and challenge stylists to reach new heights.