THERE are many who would not consider hairdressing as a competitive sport.

But those in the profession vehemently disagree.

Competition can be fierce affairs. The salon is the arena, the heads on display the sporting objects as the stylist goes to work to create a vision that reflects their artistry and skill honed over years of dedication and practice.

Massimo Tirimacco, owner of ZoHair Salon in Norwood, Adelaide, recently won a global hairdressing competition for his talent.

The best in his sport in the world. That is a serious achievement.

Tirimacco has been crowned the global winner of the prestigious L’Oreal Professionnel Style & Colour Trophy for his “French balayage” bob modelled by Kayley Jones.

“It’s edgy but very commercial for the everyday woman to wear… I like to create hair for the people,” he said.

A hairdresser to the masses.

It is the first time a hairdresser from South Australia has received the international recognition of his skill with scissors and comb, spray, gel and mousse. And colour.

Tirimacco is only the second Australian to be honoured with the trophy, the first being Queenslander Wendy Gunn in 2019.

He qualified to compete globally when he was named the Australian L’Oreal Colour Trophy winner for 2020.

His winning Blunt Scarlett Bob, with blonde and bronzy tones, also secured him the people’s choice award in last year’s Australian competition.

“The bob is such a classic that you usually see a straight, smooth bob, so I wanted to give it a natural texture to give clients the confidence to wear it natural,” he said.

Actually, Tirimacco’s national win was his second in a row, blow drying away the competition.

“I’ve been a national finalist nine times and won twice – back-to-back – and now I have three big titles,” he said.

On the international stage, Tirimacco was one of nine finalists. They in turn, had been selected from 40 countries’ entries in the competition.

Tirimacco celebrated with a French-themed champagne breakfast at his salon. Surrounded by staff, family and a fortunate few, they watched the Run Le Hair Show ceremony, during which his win was announced to the world.

There was pandemonium in the salon.

“It’s amazing – I still can’t believe it,” Tirimacco said with the humility we like to see of a champion.

Ludo Aequitas – Equality Through Sport – salutes the world champion of hairdressing.


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