The wait is over! We’re excited to share the finalists list for the 2018 Contessa Awards. After months of pouring their creativity into shooting their collections, entering and awaiting the results, Contessa entrants are anticipating the 2018 Contessa Awards gala on November 12 at the Westin Harbour Castle Conference Centre in Toronto.

While our judges have already made their decisions, there’s still one award remaining and that’s our Fan Favourite award! Voting begins on Sunday, October 22, so we ask that you have a look through the Contessa finalist collections and choose your favourite. The winner of the Fan Favourite award will be announced at the #Contessa2018 gala on November 12.

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Have you purchased your tickets yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Tickets are still available ONLINE ONLY and you can reserve your own seat. Gather your family, friends and colleagues and get ready for the best night of the year!

Congratulations to all finalists!

Canadian Hairstylist

Daniel Benoit, Salon Pure, Montreal

Melissa Duguay, Eccentric Hair Studio, Moncton, N.B.

Michelle Finlayson, Kick Hair & Body, Edmonton

Anica Iordache, Modmop Hairdressing, Ottawa

Sandro Macri, Salon Collage, Toronto

Anna Pacitto, Salon Pure, Montreal

Alain Pereque, Freelance, Montreal

Tony Ricci, Ricci Hair Co., Edmonton

Silas Tsang, Blushes, Ottawa

Julie Vriesinga, Salon Entrenous, London, Ont.

Canadian Salon Team

Bob + Paige, Toronto

Blushes, Ottawa

Civello Salon & Spa, Toronto

Dragonfly Salon and Spa, St. Thomas, Ont.

Hairology, Winnipeg

JC Salons, Toronto

Spirit Spa, Halifax, N.S.

Taz Hair Co., London, Ont.

Valentino’s Grande Salon, Whitby, Ont.

Valvano Salon, St. Catharines, Ont.

Elite Master Hairstylist

Rodrigo Araneda, Ölab Coiffeurs, Montreal

Michael Crispel, Earth A Salon by Michael Crispel, Toronto

Martin Hillier, The Lounge Hair Studio, Vancouver

Kelly Hunter, Salon Venator, Winnipeg

Edwin Johnston, Cutting Room Creative, Nanaimo, B.C.

Dana Lyseng, Supernova Salon, North Vancouver

Daniel Naumovski, Taz Hair Co., Toronto

Anna Pacitto, Salon Pure, Montreal

Chloe Ste-Marie, Oblic Villeray, Montreal

Silas Tsang, Blushes, Ottawa

Master Colourist

Catherine Allard, Salon Odysseé, Montreal

Melissa Duguay, Eccentric Hair Studio, Moncton, N.B.

Michelle Finlayson, Kick Hair & Body, Edmonton

Krysten-Ashley Garrod, Studio Fontana, Toronto

Dana Lyseng, Supernova Salon, North Vancouver

Michelle Pargee, Milica SalonSpa, Langley, B.C.

Natalia Petcu, Zoom Hair Studio, New Westminster, B.C.

Julio Rodriguez, Valentini Hair Design & Esthetics, Guelph, Ont.

Kelly Toms, Taz Hair Co., Toronto

Dorothy Tsang, Blushes, Ottawa

International Hairstylist

Robert Bushy, Sense: A Robert Bushy Salon, Madison, Wis.

Tracey Devine-Smith, Zoology, London, U.K.

Candice McKay, Wyatt Hairdressing & Barbering, Joannesberg, South Africa

Uros Mikic, Kinky Curly Straight, Stepney, South Australia

Sal Misseri, Kaizen Education, Chicago

Michael Piastrino, Ibiza Hair, Melbourne, Australia

Nikki Porter, Rubi Hair Malvern, Melbourne, Australia

Jake Thompson, Lunatic Fringe, Salt Lake City, Ut.

Sharon Tranter, Sharon Tranter Education, Newnan, Ga.

Anne Veck, Anne Veck Salons, Oxford, U.K.

Canadian Colourist

Vanessa Bianchi, Civello Salon & Spa, Toronto

Danielle Degraaf, Creative Images Hair Studio, Woodstock, Ont.

Marlo Forsberg, High Fidelity Hair, Vancouver

Simon James, Lure Salon, Vancouver

Rossa Jurenas, Studio Rossa, Tillsonburg, Ont.

Heidi Kenney, Heidi Kenney Hair Studio, Yarmouth, N.S.

Vu Nguyen, Lure Salon, Vancouver

Lesley Spencer, Aveda Institute and Academy, Toronto

Victoria Tsinokas, Valentino’s Grande Salon, Whitby, Ont.

David Vendittelli, Industry Hair and Esthetics, St. Catharines, Ont.

Session Hairstylist

Rino Balzano, Taz Hair Co., Etobicoke, Ont.

Johnny Cupello, JC Salons, Toronto

Marie-Josée Dupuis, Coiffure Cut In, Québec, Que.

Duyen Huynh, DH Studio, Scarborough, Ont.

Stephanie Schewe, Salon Collage, Toronto

Charles Stevens, La Marca Salon & Barber, Oshawa, Ont.

Mickey Svircevic, Freelance, Thornhill, Ont.

Sophie Tessier, La Rousse Espace Beauté, Montreal

Silas Tsang, Blushes, Ottawa

Julie Vriesinga, Salon Entrenous, London, Ont.

Texture Hairstylist

Robin Bacon, Giovanni and Perri, Barrie, Ont.

Julie Carr, Dragonfly Salon and Spa, St. Thomas, Ont.

Darcie Chapman, The Black Swan Hair Co., Spruce Grove, Alta.

Heather O’Reilly, Virtue Beauty Boutique at Tru Salon Suites, Mount Pearl, Nfld.

Nicole Pede, InStyle Salon & Spa, Aylmer, Ont.

Men’s Hairstylist        

Yanick Chartrand-Kravitz, Brossés, Montreal

Ian Daburn, Barber & Co., Vancouver

Marie-Justine Deziel, Freelance, Montreal

Pete Goupil, Salon Espace C, Brossard, Que.

Hassan Nasser, Avalon Salon, Calgary

Avant Garde Hairstylist

Ray Civello, Civello Salon & Spa, North York, Ont.

Kim Garneau, Coiffure Cut In, Québec, Que.

Ludovic Leroy-Vigier, Rayko Coiffure, Lasalle, Que.

Dorothy Tsang, Blushes, Ottawa

Silas Tsang, Blushes, Ottawa

Multicultural Hairstylist

Heidi Kenney, Heidi Kenney Hair Studio, Yarmouth, N.S.

Vu Nguyen, Lure Salon, Vancouver

Adam O’Callaghan, Victory Barber and Brand, Vancouver

Tanya Sullivan, Craft Academy Salon, Vancouver

Mellissa Toma, FUSS Art of Hair, Edmonton

Makeup Artist

Gabrielle Brulotte, Freelance, Québec, Que.

Marika D’Auteuil, MD Makeup, Montreal

Heidi Fleming, Beauty by Heidi Amelia, Aylesford, N.S.

Ashley Prestage, LUXE Beauty Studio, Port Perry, Ont.

Florencia Taylor, Florencia Taylor Makeup, London, Ont.

Canadian Nail Artist

Ashly Harding, Her Majesty’s Pleasure, Toronto

Nargis Khan, Tips Nail Bar, Toronto

Olga Khazova, European Standard by Olga Khazova, Medicine Hat, Alta.

Naomi Misu, Tips Nail Bar, Toronto

Shirley Truong, Tips Nail Bar, Toronto

New Hairstylist

Eloise Chiew, Suki’s South Granville, Vancouver

Jesse Ervin, Civello Salon & Spa, Toronto

Sasha Gagne, Koko the Salon, Edmonton

Madison Rokeby, Instyle Salon and Spa, Alymer, Ont.

John Seo, Taz Hair Co., Etobicoke, Ont.

Student/Apprentice Hairstylist

Kate Bosma, Pretty & Co, Beamsville, Ont.

Angela Debono, Taz Hair Co., Etobicoke, Ont.

Laura Metansinine, Maria Bikas Salon, London, Ont.

Dorothy Nguyen, Suki’s Salon and Academy, Vancouver

Aron Wong, Suki’s Salon and Academy, Vancouver

Alberta Hairstylist

Jenna Bosch, Plush Salon & Spa, Medicine Hat

Amber Kennedy, Koko the Salon, Edmonton

Simone Pettigrew, SimoneZ Studio, Edmonton

Beverly Robertson, Meraki Hair Studio, Calgary

Alannah Zilkowsky, Rock Paper Hair Designs, Sherwood Park

Atlantic Hairstylist

Olivia Chafe, Olivia Chafe Salon Studio by Tru Salon Suites, Mount Pearl, Nfld.

Claude Comeau, Spirit Spa, Halifax, N.S.

Heidi Kenney, Heidi Kenney Hair Studio, Yarmouth, N.S.

Heather O’Reilly, Virtue Beauty Boutique at Tru Salon Suites, Mount Pearl, Nfld.

Kerri-Lynn Perham, Virtue Beauty Boutique at Tru Salon Suites, Mount Pearl, Nfld.

British Columbia Hairstylist

Marlo Forsberg, High Fidelity Hair, Vancouver

Simon James, Lure Salon, Vancouver

Dana Lyseng, Supernova Salon, North Vancouver

Joan Novak, JoNo Hair, Whistler

Loretta Tom, Salon Haze, Vancouver

Ontario Hairstylist

Christopher Asta, Harmony Hair Care, Peterborough

Julie Carr, Dragonfly Salon and Spa, St. Thomas

Danielle Degraaf, Creative Images Hair Studio, Woodstock

Connor Lange, Bob + Paige, Toronto

Tracy Newton, Aveda Institute and Academy, Toronto

Quebec Hairstylist

Nadia Abouwaked, Effusion, Montreal

Francis Bouchard, Oblic Villeray, Montreal

Vicky Busque, Toque & Cie., Victoriaville

Jean-Sebastien Chalut, O Salon, Montreal

Marie-Josée Dupuis, Coiffure Cut In, Québec

Saskatchewan/Manitoba Hairstylist

Kelly Hunter, Salon Venator, Winnipeg

Jason Lachance, Urban Crush Salon, Winnipeg

Colleen Lamirande, Verde Salon, Winnipeg

April McDougald, IRON Beauty, Regina

Alicia Soulier, Capelli Salon Studio Inc., Saskatoon

Salon Interior Design

Concrete Blonde & Concrete Barbers Southfort, Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.

Concrete Blonde Hair & Body, Sherwood Park, Alta.

Euro Reflections Hair Studio – Spa – Medi Spa, Kitchener, Ont.

Industry Hair and Esthetics, St. Catharines, Ont.

Verde Salon, Winnipeg

John Steinberg Award for Community Service

Connect Hair Studio, Barrie, Ont.

Jonni’s Styling Studio, Kamloops, B.C.

Nova Vita Salon, London, Ont.

Studio H, London, Ont.

The Green Hair Spa, Stratford, Ont.

Photo: Contessa 29 Canadian Hairstylist finalist Julie Vriesinga, Salon Entrenous, London, Ont., Makeup: Florencia Taylor, Styling: Julie Vriesinga & Florencia Taylor, Photographer: Paula Tizzard