The 32nd Annual Contessa Award Winners

Top talent in hair and beauty celebrated at prestigious virtual awards show gala

Toronto, November 8, 2020 – Recognized as the largest professional beauty competition in Canada, the Contessas, the Canadian Hairstylist of the Year Awards, awards the best in hair, colour, makeup and nails.

The 32nd annual awards show gala was brought to life virtually—for the first-time ever in the competition’s history—on Sunday, November 8, 2020.

The Contessas awarded 24 winning titles to some of the biggest names in Canadian and international beauty. In addition to the much-anticipated awards ceremony, the virtual gala showcased presentations from top-tier talent from three leading brands in the professional beauty industry: Redken, Schwarzkopf Professional and Wella Professionals. 

The 32nd annual Contessa Awards was held virtually. To view all finalists, CLICK HERE.


A big congratulations to the Contessa 2021 winners! You can view all winning collections here.

Canadian Hairstylist

Silas Tsang, Blushes, Ottawa

Canadian Salon Team

Salon Collage, Toronto

Elite Master Hairstylist

Rodrigo Araneda, Olab Coiffeurs, Montreal

Master Colourist

Rossa Jurenas, Studio Rossa, Tillsonburg, Ont.

Session Hairstylist

Dorothy Tsang, Blushes, Ottawa

International Hairstylist

Danny Pato, D&M Hair Design, Auckland, New Zealand

Canadian Colourist

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

Emerging Hairstylist

Michelle Nahmad, Blushes, Ottawa

Alberta Hairstylist

Michelle Finlayson, Freelance, Edmonton

Atlantic Hairstylist

Chelsea Sutherland, Chelsea Laine Salon and Colour Bar, New Glasgow, N.S.

British Columbia Hairstylist

Hannah Hewitt, Axis Hair Salons, Vancouver

Ontario Hairstylist

Joey Marchese, Bob + Paige Salon, Toronto

Quebec Hairstylist

Vicky Busque, Hangar Coiffure, Drummondville, Que.

Saskatchewan/Manitoba Hairstylist

Renn VonDyck, Elan Hair Studio, Winnipeg

Avant Garde Hairstylist

Denise Meikle, Salon Origins, Vancouver

Canadian Nail Artist

Liliya Leheta, Freelance, Mississauga, Ont.

Makeup Artist

Florencia Taylor, Florencia Taylor Makeup, London, Ont.

Men’s Hairstylist

Paul Pereira, Solo Bace, Toronto

Multicultural Hairstylist

Norm Wright, Taz Hair Co., Toronto

Texture Hairstylist

Vicky Busque, Hangar Coiffure, Drummondville, Que.

Salon Interior Design

Her Studios Inc., Burlington, Ont.

John Steinberg Award for Community Service

Concrete Blonde Hair Body, Sherwood Park, Alta. 


Stephanie Schewe, Salon Collage, Toronto

Fan Favourite 

Ana Mae Villagracia, Tips Nail Bar, Toronto

To view all winning collections CLICK HERE.

What are the Contessas?

  • Founded in 1988, the Contessas—The Canadian Hairstylist of the Year Awards—are Canada’s longest-running and most prestigious professional beauty competition, honouring excellence and creativity in the salon industry. The most widely recognized professional beauty brands support the Contessas every year.
  • Gold sponsors of the 32nd annual Contessa Awards: Joico @joicocanada, Oligo Professionnel @oligopro, Redken @redken, Schwarzkopf Professional @schwarzkopfcan, Wella Professionals @wellahair
  • Silver sponsors of the 32nd Contessa Awards: American Crew @americancrewcanada, Chatters @chattershairsalon, CND @cndcanada, Goldwell @goldwellca, Revlon Professional @revlonprofessional, Venus Beauty Supplies Ltd. @venusbeautys
  • Contessa Awards entries are evaluated by a panel of independent judges and industry experts on originality, creativity, technical execution and on-trend appeal. The quality of photography, makeup and wardrobe are also considered.