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.
Last week, L’Oréal Professionnel celebrated its 110th anniversary in style and colour in a stunning event at Paris’ iconic Carrousel du Louvre.
Ink for Hair’s Wendy Gunn shone above 32 international finalists to win the coveted award at a dazzling ceremony on Monday 25 March at Salle Pleyel in Paris. The theme of the evening paying homage to L’Oréal Professionnel’s quintessentially natural and chic French style as well as the brand’s dedication to innovation.
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. She will have the opportunity to enhance her skills even further, being awarded a three-day VIP trip with L’Oréal Professionnel as part of her prize.
The win follows Wendy being awarded Australian L’Oréal Colour Trophy winner for 2018, qualifying the Queenslander to represent the nation globally.
“I’m so proud to represent Australia as this is the first time an Australian has competed on the global stage. I am lucky enough to win the prestigious competition against 32 countries, it felt a bit like the hair industry’s version of Eurovision and proves you don’t need to be defined by your age”, said Wendy.
“Never stop learning. I’m always eager to explore the latest trend techniques. L’Oréal Professionnel has given me the opportunity of a lifetime and I’m so excited to further develop my skills to take back to the salon”, Wendy continued.
Across the globe, pink tones were seen as the biggest trend throughout the competition. Inspired by a sunrise, Wendy recreated her winning look using apricot and peach colours, resulting in a rose gold tone on her stunning model.
“Exploring strategic hair colour placement is becoming the latest trend after the make-up phenomenon with contouring. To give your face some shape, you contour the hair using light and dark colours, such as the currently popular bronze tones,” she said.
L’Oréal Professionnel General Manager, Cara Riley, said L’Oréal Colour Trophy is the longest-running and highly esteemed competition showcasing exceptional hairdressing talent from across the globe.
“Last year, Wendy created an innovative and fashion-forward look which demonstrated exemplary skill and technique. This is a huge achievement for Wendy to take out the International title as well as represent Australia for the first time,” said Cara.
A huge congratulations is in order for our very own hairdressing superstar! Well done, Wendy.