Prospect locals SJ Establishment have received two coveted awards at this year’s illustrious AHIA’s as the hair industry rallied to pay tribute to what has been the most challenging 18 months. Monday the 14th June saw Australia’s leading creatives take some time to celebrate the best of the best at The Star, Sydney, to see SJ Establishment awarded Australian AHIA Creative Team of the Year 2021 as well as SA/TAS Hairdresser of the Year for Mario Fioravanti. With the ongoing impact of COVID-19 the industry has been faced with unprecedented economic and logistical challenges, but 2021 brings renewed positivity and solidarity as salons begin to rebuild and reconnect. 

Launched in 2012 by esteemed trade visionaries Mocha Publishing, the Australian Hair Industry Awards (AHIA’s) are celebrating their 10th year as the trusted national award platform which provide a benchmark of excellence across both specialist and individual Educational and Business categories and this event marks the inaugural year that the Creative categories have been given their own awards program.

Owner and Director Sam James and her team have only been operating for a couple of years, but with her experience and extensive accolades it’s no surprise this salon team have already made their mark. Designed with the ultimate client journey in mind, whether the time-poor professional, busy mother or cool young fashionista SJ Establishment is a stunning salon and from moment you walk inside, you realise you are in for a special experience. Gone is the old-fashioned check-in desk, instead guests are welcomed into the space immediately to feel part of the fun and relaxed vibe. The salon is ever evolving thanks to the monthly featured artist works lining the walls and features the PIIQ digital mirror technology. The team are industry leaders when it comes to creating trend focused cuts, colours and styles with Mario now recognised as the state’s very best.

“ To hand over my title to Mario after 5 titles of SA Hairdresser of the year is a dream, and amazing to keep it in the salon Family,” shares Director Sam James.

Owner/Publisher Linda Woodhead was thrilled to recognise their expertise;

“SJ Establishment are the perfect examples of industry leaders and will make excellent ambassadors for the awards program and their local area. As with all our 2021 winners they are now looked to both nationally and globally as innovators in technique, trend and service. The Prospect community should be so proud of their achievement!”

A special mention to Greta Kate for as always dressing Sam in a unique custom gown. The Emerald floor length lace number with custom ‘Greta’ sleeves was a stand out on the red carpet along with a very glammed up line up of the SJ Team. Greta specializes in Custom Bridal and Formal wear.


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