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BREAKING NEWS! 2016 Global Winners of Goldwell Color Zoom in Stockholm, Sweden

Alison Alhamed and Maggie Mulhern | October 2, 2016 | 2:35 AM
The grand finale of Goldwell Color Zoom '16.
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Goldwell's Gold Partner Winner, Daniel Rubin, USA.
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Goldwell's Gold Creative Winner, Larissa Bresnehan, Australia
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Goldwell's Gold New Talent Winner, Sargis Airapetian, Russia
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The 2015 Color Zoom winners with the debut of the In-Flux trend collection they developed.
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People's Choice Category (new for 2016)
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Competitors interpret the D!srupt trend.
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Competitors are meticulous about sectioning and keeping a clean station as the judges watch the live competition.
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The D!srupt collection is reinterpreted by competitors across the globe.
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Elumen is the hero color throughout most of the formulas at Color Zoom.
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MODERN's Alison Alhamed begins to judge the Partner category.
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The bustling floor of the competition
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The judging form
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John Moroney welcomes attendees to Global Zoom 2016.
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Cory Couts, Global President of KAO, shares in the excitement of Global Zoom 2016.
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Partner models start lining up.
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KMS models
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Shane Bennett's presentation at the Artist Sessions.
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MODERN's Maggie Mulhern and Alison Alhamed enjoy the sights of Stockholm during Global Zoom 2016.
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While in Stockholm, MODERN's Alison Alhamed and Maggie Mulhern joined Trevor Attenborough and top salon owners on a boat tour to enjoy the city.
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Team Goldwell's Andrea DeLeon and Mary McConnell.
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Live from Stockholm, Sweden, Goldwell and MODERN SALON are so excited to bring you the global winners of 2016’s Color Zoom! This is the 10th anniversary of the annual competition that, worldwide, begins on a national level then advances to the live international competition in a new city each year. In past years, the host cities have been uber-trendy and exciting locations including Paris, Miami, London, Los Angeles, Berlin and Las Vegas. This year, more than 3,000 salon professionals took over Stockholm, Sweden, for 2016 Color Zoom—the first time a professional beauty company has hosted a global event in a Nordic country. GET THE COLOR ZOOM 101 HERE.


More than 1,900 entries were narrowed down to 94 top finalists from three categories: New Talent, Creative Color, and Partner Color. The winners from each category are chosen based on a total score: 50% of the final score is based on their photo entry of their model interpreting this year’s D!srupt trend, and the other 50% of their scores are from the judging at the live competition where finalists recreate the look from the photo. Joining the international judging panel was last year’s global winners, along with top hairdressing talent and MODERN’s Editor in Chief Alison Alhamed.

Partner: Stylists who have worked for Goldwell as a freelancer, trainer or guest artist

Gold: Daniel Rubin, USA

Silver: Krysten-Ashley Garrod, Canada

Bronze: Alexandra Kontos, Australia

People's Choice: Daniel Rubin, USA

Creative Color: Stylists who have more than 5 years experience

Gold: Larissa Bresnehan, Australia

Silver: Jacky Tan, Singapore

Bronze: Van Quynh Nguyen, Vietnam

People's Choice: Colette Jones, USA

New Talent: Stylists who have less than 5 years experience

Gold: Sargis Airapetian, Russia

Silver: Georgia Wild, United Kingdom

Bronze: Manou Grijsen, Netherlands

People's Choice: Liss Dragos, Romania


Right before the global winners were announced at the show, we were treated to an artistic presentation and announcement of 2017’s trend: In-Flux, which represents the fluidity of hair, the convergence of trends: normcore meets luxecore; feminine meets masculine; strength meets softness. This trend was created by 2015’s global winners: including two U.S. global winners Harley LoBasso and Corrine Brown (MODERN’s August issue cover artists), and UK's Natalie Cara, who collaborated with Rodica Hristu and Sascha Haseloff.


One of the most anticipated moments of Color Zoom is the announcement of the location for the next year. Sharpen your scissors and mix up some color--the next Color Zoom will be held in fall 2017 in Barcelona, Spain!



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