Australia’s own Wendy Gunn has been named the International L’Oréal Professionnel Style & Colour Trophy winner, the first Australian to take out the prestigious title. A hairdresser for over 50 years, Wendy illustrated her unmatched skills through her winning contoured pink look, inspired by the hues of the rising sun.
We couldn’t be happier for our local hairdressing hero to have taken out one of the industry’s ultimate accolades, so we checked in with Wendy to congratulate her, find out where she gets her inspiration from, her predictions for upcoming trends, and what’s next for her.
Being the first Australian to win the L’oreal Professionnel Style & Colour Trophy is an amazing achievement. What does winning this title mean to you as an experienced Australian hairdresser?
Wendy Gunn: Winning this award on an international platform for not only myself but also Australia,
embodies my ongoing passion that I hold for the hairdressing industry on my home soil. It filled me with
absolute pride to be representing Australia against 32 other countries on behalf of a country I love, with
a colour brand I love, in an Industry I just LOVE! It was not only surreal but an acknowledgement of what
it took technically and mentally for me to make it that far into the competition and to go on to win was
nothing short of an incredible experience.
Where or who do you source your creative inspiration from?
WG: I source my creative inspiration from a multitude of channels. Being affront of current fashion and
international marketing trends. Immersing myself in different creative experiences through painting in a
multitude of locations at home and abroad which expand on my approach and perception of colour
environment, architecture and creative processes and by playing with different mediums which I then
apply when I am working with hair.
Do you have and advice for hairdressers who see you as an inspiration?
WG: Follow your dreams. Don’t stop trying because you think you can’t, or you don’t know how. Find a
way. Ask questions and be open and flexible in your thinking. Grasp opportunities when they present
themselves and if they don’t then create your own opportunities. Be hungry for knowledge, believe in
yourself, set goals and above all do it NOW. Just go and create, don’t procrastinate.
Taking home the Style & Colour Trophy is surely a career highlight. What are other highlights that stand out over your expansive career?
WG: There has been numerous highlights over the years but I think the stand outs for me personally
would have to be having the privilege of working through the 60’s and the opportunity of being
immersed in that era and culture was such an exciting time. Travelling to Paris and Bulgaria to work
artistically on hair shows, travelling and hairdressing in New Guinea in the early 70’s to set up salons in
Reboul and finally purchasing a property to establish a boutique destination salon that I can continue to
expand and evolve.
What is your biggest motivator to continue making waves in the industry after 50+ years?
WG: So many things motivate me in life. The ability to grow and evolve. The human interaction and the
difference I can make to my peers and also my clients. I still love doing hair and being able to apply my
multigenerational experience to modern trends really excites me.
Your winning look featured beautiful on-trend tones. What do you predict as the next upcoming trend in colouring?
WG: I predict the next trend to shift into translucent, luminous natural colours with cooler reflects.
Elegant, natural multi-tonal personalised hair colour.
You’ve already won one of the ultimate industry accolades – what’s next for you?
WG: I’m still just putting my feet on the ground after one of the most incredible experiences so what’s
next you ask? Anything is possible. I would love to travel and share my knowledge on an international
level. Mentor up-and-coming hairdressers and redefine my own personal goals.