Claudia Cataldo crowned queen of Australian colour.

Claudia Cataldo crowned queen of Australian colour.

Canberra colourist Claudia Cataldo is heading to the global stage after winning the L’Oreal Style & Colour Trophy Grand Finale in Melbourne tonight.

L’Oréal Style & Colour Trophy is the longest-running hairdressing competition in the world and the winner of the Australian final will go on to represent Australia, in the hope of being crowned Global Champion. Australia has currently won the last two global titles and will be gunning for the trifecta.

Claudia is one of the third generation of award-winning stylists from Canberra’s hairdressing empire, Cataldo’s Salon. With 17 years of industry experience, Claudia won the coveted title after competing in a series of stages in this year’s competition.

Voted by a panel of national judges, Claudia was commended for her artistic direction in this year’s theme – French Edito— in which colourists were encouraged to expose new French-inspired hair trends and techniques, such as French Balayage and French Glossing according to award partner marie claire.

This was Claudia’s fifth L’Oreal Style & Colour Trophy entry (she was a grand finalist in 2019, and finished in the top 15 in 2018) and she described the look as the ultimate in “I woke up like this” style, with effortless sophistication that embodies the Parisian “It Girl”.

“The rich, brown colour is soft and natural, and blended into lightness through the ends. It’s subtle and harmonious with the French chic cut and style—and it’s all about the shine and condition.”

Second place went to Karlie Roberts from LNDN Hair in Victoria while third place went to Kate Clark from Ink for Hair in Queensland. The global finals are due to be held in December. You can check all the finalists and their looks

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