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Michelle Nguyen crowned Australian Apprentice of the Year 2017

Michelle Nguyen is undeniably the new kid on the block, and now the secret is out.

Michelle's first collection 'Soar' is well beyond her young 20 years, and successfully saw Michelle named Australian Apprentice of the year at the Australian Hair and Fashion Awards that took place at Luna Park, in Sydney on Sunday (April 2nd).

'Soar' is delicate, fragile and whimsical, and yet piercingly strong...

Inspired by a flock of birds taking flight, 'Soar' is a visual representation of how fragile fibres woven together, amass strength and beauty.

Much in the same way a flock of birds is contrived of many species, as human beings, our lives are also enriched by our diversity, and my strong belief that as we unite despite our variation we grow stronger. I wanted to celebrate this and what I believe are modern Australian values; equality and unity in pursuit of a better, brighter world.

My aim was to accentuate the beauty that lives within us all. While each look is is different and unique, I wanted to really push the boundaries of hair design by using a juxtaposition of textures to create visually engaging variations of form and shape.

'I am truly honoured to have received this award alongside my peers and mentors, and it has inspired me to continue to push the boundaries and further develop my craft that I love so much.' says Michelle

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Five from Five!! Here at OO we are so incredibly proud to announce our five finalists for the 2017 Australia Hair and Fashion Awards.

This year Oscar Oscar Salons entered five categories, and all entries have been selected as finalists in their respective categories.

To have all of our collections recognised as finalists across so many categories is incredibly exciting for us.

The 2017 finalists are:

Oscar Cullinan – Australian Hairdresser of the Year for 'Into The Light'

Paloma Rose Garcia – NSW/ACT Hairdresser of the Year for 'Luz de la Tarde'

Jessica Longhurst – Qld Hairdresser of the Year for 'Furiosa'

Steffi Tanian – VIC hairdresser of the Year for 'Ochre'

Michelle Nguyen – Apprentice of the Year for 'Soar'

The team are no stranger to awards either, with Oscar winning the coveted Australian Hairdresser of the Year award in 2001, and 2005, Paloma winning NSW Hairdresser of the Year in 2015, and Steffi Tanian taking out both Apprentice of the Year and Newcomer of the Year in 2015 and 2016, not to mention the many others within the team that have been awarded for their creative talents over the years.

2017 is no different, each collection tells a very beautiful and compelling story, watch this space as we reveal each collection for you to enjoy x

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