We caught up with past Contessa winner, Hair Factory, to find out how their wins have impacted their careers, and what they’re up to these days.
Hair Factory, St. John’s, Nfld. and Halifax, N.S.
Number of Awards: 15
This east-coast salon has been entering the Contessas since the beginning. In addition to winning the award for Salon Team in 2007, the staff includes multiple winners for Atlantic, Canadian Colourist, Texture and New Hairstylist.
“We had competed and were a finalist for Salon Team for many years, but actually winning was exhilarating,” recalls salon owner Dale Abbott. “We weren’t planning on competing that year because my business partner [Locks Hiscock] passed away. I remember saying that our win was our tribute to him. It was one of the most important nights of my life.”
“We had always strived to win that award, and to win at that time brought us all so much closer together, meant more than anyone could ever realize,” adds hairstylist Karen Melay. “To come together and create a story through photography with your peers and win is something that’s beyond words.”
For hairstylist Cam Patey, he remembers what his first wins—Atlantic Hairstylist and Canadian Colourist at Contessa 12—did for his career.
“I was just starting my career both as a platform artist and a behind-the-chair stylist. It really helped get my name known in industry circles and also created a buzz with my clients; attracting many new ones. It was an amazing boost for me.”