The Art of Hair.

To celebrate the burgeoning talent of Australia’s hair stylists, Shu Uemura Art of Hair have launched their first industry competition in Australia dubbed ‘The Muse Image Awards’.

With the intention of recognising the skill of styling as an art form and providing a platform for these artists to come together and create something never seen before – a celebration of hair and the true talents in those who we trust to cut, style and dye.

“We were overwhelmed by the number of our partner salons who entered! The level of talent that was on display was truly incredible,” says General Manager of Shu Uemura Art of Hair Australia, Sandra Kelly who announced the winner, Danny Puopolo.


Puopolo took out the title as the national winner of the Shu Uemura Art of Hair, Muse Image Awards with a work of art that captivated the judges; “It’s incredible! It’s so rewarding and exciting to put your work out there for the industry to see and for it to be received so positively by the community. The whole experience has been terrific and I feel so lucky to be accepting this award…Winning this award means the world to me. It’s testament to all the time, energy and effort I’ve put into my work these past few years. These types of competitions keep me motivated and inspired to keep going and confirm that this is exactly what I need to be doing.”

The Muse Image Awards competition, provides a platform for stylists to showcase their skill and expertise in a blind judging. This year, they were asked to convey the Tokyo Vibe through styling and showcase both a strong artistic and aesthetic ability. Danny Puopolo was in great company after taking out the title alongside four other young talents that caught the eye of Shu Uemura Art of Hair.

Brett Albury, The Murphy Gozzard Hair Community, NSW

“Tokyo, the ultimate in urbanisation and contradictions. Both chaotic and organised where neon skyscrapers meet ancient shrines. Cutting edge architecture and futuristic technology sit side by side with deeply respected and upheld traditions and customs. I have combined these elements with one design by layering the Shu Uemura Art of Hair styling products.”


Cara Mio Robinson, Fruition Style Ambition, QLD

“My inspiration stems from the daring fashionista on the streets of Tokyo city, combined with a piece of Tokyo’s unique heritage. This is my interpretation of iconic Japanese fashion designers who using folds and curvy silhouettes and sharp edges combined with elements of Tokyo’s culture and history. I have tried to mimic these aspects of Japanese fashion in my hair design with a splash of saffron to represent the Buddhist monks robes and the temples which are typical to Asakusa – the district known for the oldest temples in Tokyo.”

Jacky Chan, Oscar Oscar, Chadstone and St Kilda, VIC

“My look was inspired by the traditional Japanese Wabi Sabi, finding perfection within imperfection. To mix this up and give it a Tokyo feel I stripped everything away and focussed on the lights and the hair form as art.”


Bridget Gay, Chumba Concept Salon, VIC

“My inspiration was drawn from the lights of Tokyo, everything I saw was so vibrant and my aim was to capture some of that. I think the key to creating a look you are happy and proud of is trusting yourself.”



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