Q Hair & Beauty Celebrate 40 Years with Fundraiser

Popular Chichester based salon Q Hair & Beauty recently celebrated 40 years in hairdressing by sponsoring Ladies Evening at Fontwell Park Racecourse on Thursday 16th August 2012.  Guests at their premier hospitality suite included National Hairdressing Federation London Region Secretary Ian Egerton, Moroccanoil Oil UK Group Chairman Leslie Spears and Hair Ott Training Academy owners Otto and Barbara Ott.

Along with the festivities, Q Hair & Beauty dispatched a dedicated fundraising team to raise money for Alternative Hair having had a long history in raising money for children with leukaemia.

The total amount raised was £179.  We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Salon Owner Anthony  Barnes -Smith and Managing Director Dawn Lawrence for their dedicated efforts helping funds to keep ‘fighting Leukaemia’.

Interested in raising money for the Alternative Hair Foundation, please contact us!

Visionary Award Ireland 2012

Anthony Mascolo President of Alternative Hair, joined Tony Rizzo, to host this year’s exhilarating Visionary Awards Ireland Finals 2012 held at the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin on the evening of Sunday 15th July. The competition, now in it’s 4th year, was fierce and the hype fully heated, as some of the country’s finest talent battled it out in a bid to secure a coveted place at the International Visionary Awards grand finale presentation.

This years judging panel included Alan Hogg, Hall of Fame Northern Irish Hairdresser of the Year Shane Bennett, Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year Robert Masciave and Co-Founder of Alternative Hair Foundation Maggie Rizzo.

This years results were announced as

Winner  Helen Reavey, Peter Mark / Dublin

1st Runner up   Michelle McDermott, Peter Mark / Dublin

2nd Runner up  Anthony Kilcoyne , Salon 2 / Sligo

Helen impressed the judges with her stunning creation, inspired by the Alexander McQueen collection showcased at the museum in New York. She says, ‘It feels incredible to win- My advice to anyone is to work hard, go with your gut feeling and be creative.’ Michelle adds, ‘This is just an amazing feeling, I was really surprised-Go natural hair!’  

Tony Rizzo says, ‘Certainly the standard has gotten much higher and closer this year, in other words there wasn’t 10 points difference between anyone, it was more like single points, which shows a great achievement in many ways. It also shows more understanding of how important it is to have a great model, and how important the total look is!’

He adds, ‘My message to the competitors is that it’s not just about Avant Garde, as you can see by most of the winners here tonight. The shift is more about creating looks with real hair, because it’s more difficult and I think that’s what we have to get back to, our foundations and our basics. It’s great to have 3 finalists from Ireland at this year’s 30th anniversary of the Alternative Hair Visionary Awards in London. So I’m very pleased with that!’

‘The three were certainly worthy winners. The night has been amazing and this venue is absolutely perfect!’  said Maggie Rizzo


We’d like to thank sponsors Affinage, ghd and JOICO for their participation and Irish Hairdresser International Magazine for hosting Visionary Award Ireland 2012.

Book tickets online here

Sponsors Of The Alternative Hair Show 2012

Spirit Award Presented in Ireland

Tony Rizzo & Anthony Mascolo Receive SPIRIT AWARD

Founder of Alternative Hair Foundation Tony Rizzo along with President of Alternative Hair Anthony Mascolo were presented with a special ‘Spirit Award’ during the Visionary Award Ireland Finale at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin on Sunday July 15th 2012. The award was presented by Editor of Irish Hairdresser International Maeve O’Healy Harte in recognition of their tireless work dedicated to ‘fighting Leukaemia’.

The Alternative Hair Show now in it’s 30th year returns to the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 14th October 2012 with anniversary show themed LEGENDS, that will feature a Tribute to legend Vidal Sassoon, International Visionary Award and the AIPP Award Presentation 2012/13.

Wella Sponsorship Confirmed

Alternative Hair is pleased to announce the return of Wella as a sponsor for the ‘Legends’ Alternative Hair Show 2012, at the Royal Albert Hall on October 14th. We would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their support.

Visionary Award Italy and Great Masters Presentation

The InterCHARM MILANO beauty fair, 24th – 26th September in Fieramilanocity, was considered the ideal location to stage two international events organized by the Alternative Hair movement: the Visionary Award Italy 2011 and Great Masters.

In an evening where style, fashion and innovation were the watchwords Exhibition Development Manager of InterCHARM MILANO, Maurizio Morra said: “We are proud to present these events by Alternative Hair. Alongside the Individual World Hairdressing Championships and the Milano Hair Show, they complete the scenario of the Hair events being held, to our great satisfaction.”.

Organized for the first time in 1983 by London hair stylist Tony Rizzo, after his son Valentino died of leukemia, the Alternative Hair Show has always been an event gathering creative artists from all over the world, with the purpose of raising funds for research into leukemia, lymphomas and other blood cancers. The Alternative Hair Movement organizes four outstanding events all over the world: Alternative Hair Show, Alternative Hair Visionary Award, Great Masters and Hair Innovation, which over the years have raised in excess of £8 million.

Tony Rizzo, founder of the Alternative Hair Movement commented: “It has been a fantastic opportunity for us to work in collaboration with Reed Exhibitions in Italy. InterCHARM MILANO created the perfect platform for our launch in Italy

Finalists for the Visionary Award had been pre-selected from an earlier photographic entry demonstrating their ‘visionary skill’. A showcase of stylists and their talents and powers of creative expression, led to Marco Lamberti of Gogen taking the award from the world renowned Anthony Mascolo. Marco Lamberti was then invited to London to present his model at the Grand finals of the Visionary Award to be held at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 16th October.

Following the presentation the magnificent Great Masters led by Tony Rizzo – Sanrizz, Richard Ashforth – Saco and Gerry Santoro – Fodras and H&J, presented together for the first time on the same stage, presenting unique creations whilst anticipating future market trends to an appreciative audience.

The Alternative Hair Show 2011 raises the roof at the Royal Albert Hall

The 29th Alternative Hair Show triumphed yet again at the Royal Albert Hall, on Sunday 16th October 2011, presenting awesome shows and raising £190,600 for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, a terrific sum to augment the £8 million raised over the past 28 years. 18 creative show teams from England, Australia, Ireland, Russia, Italy, France, Japan and Hungary took to London’s Royal Albert Hall stage to present their individual interpretations of the 2011 Alternative show theme: Illusion.

Dedicated this year to the late, great Honorary President of the Alternative Hair, Joshua Galvin, the event saw the introduction of a new annual initiative – the Joshua Galvin Award – to be presented to someone whose efforts are truly outstanding, someone going the extra mile. Joshua’s brother Daniel Galvin announced the first recipient of this esteemed award: Dmitry Vinokurov of Russia for his extraordinary efforts working with Russian authorities to ensure the Alternative Hair Show premièred in the country notably at the State Kremlin Palace on 28th September 2011.”Joshua was a massive supporter of the Alternative and a great inspiration to us all”, said Daniel. “He did more than anyone to unite us all as an industry and he’d have been so proud to know there’s now this award in his honour.”

Then it was show time. “Get ready to see incredible hair, incredible shows and incredible costumes presented by the best artists in the world,” said Alternative Hair Founder, Tony Rizzo, who also gave profuse thanks to the show’s many manufacturer and media sponsors. Alternative Hair President, Anthony Mascolo had equal praise for the show teams. “Thank you so much for generously giving your time, money, passion and energy to share your artistry with us all, while raising awesome amounts of money for the charity,” said Anthony.

The 2011/2012 Association Internationale Presse Professionnelle Coiffure (AIPP) Award Winners were also announced at the event. 400 entries from 21 countries were received this year, and the winners were awarded by AIPP President and Estetica Network Publisher, Roberto Pissimiglia. The 2011/2012 winners are:


Best Commercial Category: é Salon, Australia

Best Avant-Garde Category: Angelo Seminara, UK

Best Photo Category: Antonio Bellver and Roberto Robbie, Mexico

Best Men’s Category: Anne Veck, UK

Best Video X-Presion, Spain

Alternative Hair Charitable Foundation

The Founder and Director of The Alternative Hair Show, Tony Rizzo is very proud to announce that Alternative Hair has been given charitable trust status.

This year we have set up Alternative Hair’s very own charity – THE ALTERNATIVE HAIR CHARITABLE FOUNDATION. The Foundation will sustain the successful and long standing partnership with Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research UK and at the same time seek new ways to extend the benefits of research to a wider world.

The newly set up Charitable Foundation makes it possible to pursue other avenues of charitable work, such as the exchange programme instigated by Tony Rizzo on his recent trips to Russia and Ukraine. We are working closely with The Great Ormond Street Hospital developing a phase-by-phase plan for the exchange project, and with the first visits planned for the end of May 2012, it is a long term commitment that will bear wonderful fruit.

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