Register your interest
The Kitomba NZARH Business Awards were created to build a culture of recognising and celebrating business excellence in the hair and barbering industry.
The Business Awards is all about recognising the best in the industry, celebrating your success in business, focusing on your goals and motivating your team.
We’re now taking registrations of interest for the 2017 Business Awards. Fill in your details below and we'll send you the 2017 entry form when entries open in May.
Kitomba NZARH New Zealand Salon of the Year
This award goes to the all-round best salon of 2017. To be considered for this award, entrants must enter the Grand or Boutique Salon of the Year plus Excellence in Marketing and Employer of Choice categories.
Grand Salon of the Year
This award is for salons with annual turnover exceeding $600,000. In this award judges are looking for a results driven business with all-round strong KPI’s.
Boutique Salon of the Year
This award is for salons with an annual turnover up to $600,000. In this award judges are looking for a results driven business with all-round strong KPI’s.
Employer of Choice
Judges are looking for a clear workplace culture where staff feel nurtured, training is a priority and everyone wants to work for them.
Excellence in Marketing
Judges are looking for a business with a unique brand that demonstrates planning, innovation, creativity and results.
Fastest Growing Salon
Judges are looking for a business that is in serious growth mode. Growth in revenue, client numbers, client spend and ultimately profitability.
Judges are looking for a business with sustainable practices that are an integrated part of their everyday business.
Business Stylist of the Year
Judges are looking for the business stylist that is consistent across all KPIs to deliver great service to their clients.
Best New Entrant
Judges are only looking at first-time Business Awards entrants, and from these, the all-round strongest entry of all first-time participants.
Best Salon Design
Your salon perfectly balances function and form. From interior design to salon location and floor plan, it’s all about providing the right look and feel for your target market
Kitomba NZARH New Zealand Salon of the Year: True Grit
Grand Salon of the Year: True Grit
Boutique Salon of the Year: Hairnow on Apollo
Excellence in Marketing: True Grit
L'Oreal Employer of Choice: Zaibatsu Hair Art
Business Stylist of the Year: Dave Rogers, Morph Hair
Frog Coaching Fastest Growing Salon: Ross and Co Hair Design
Sustainable Salon: Mane Salon
Best New Entrant: Hair to Stare at
Best Salon Design: True Grit
Kitomba NZARH New Zealand Salon of the Year: Protege Hair
Grand Salon of the Year: Rodney Wayne Bethlehem
Boutique Salon of the Year: Protege Hair
Excellence in Marketing: Protege Hair
Employer of Choice: Protege Hair
Business Stylist of the Year: Cathy Davys, Vivo
Fastest Growing Salon: Rodney Wayne Bethlehem
Sustainable Salon: The Powder Room
Best New Entrant: Colors Hair Company
Best Salon Design: Luca Hairstyling
2016 Kitomba NZARH New Zealand Salon of the Year
“There’s absolutely no words to explain how it feels to be the Kitomba NZARH New Zealand Salon of the Year. I even have a tear in my eye right now thinking about it! I don’t think I’ve come down to earth yet and I definitely haven’t realised the impact it will have on True Grit”
Kate & Tiffany
2015 Kitomba NZARH New Zealand Salon of the Year
"The process of entering the awards is a great way to really examine your systems, procedures and practices and identify areas that really work for you and areas that may have opportunities for growth or change."
2014 Kitomba NZARH NZ Salon of the Year
"To say it means the world to me for so many different reasons is an understatement. On a personal level, the confidence that I have gained through not only industry recognition, but also self-recognition—trusting my own judgment and having faith in myself as a successful business owner—is invaluable. With a combination of proud clients, fevered friends and family, online/social media, and industry recognition, we have had an extraordinary amount of publicity, and positive feedback. I can’t find the right words to describe how much this award means to me!"
2014 Grand Salon of the Year, Excellence in Marketing & Sustainable Salon of the Year
“Winning three Kitomba NZARH Business Awards reflects the importance of continually striving to get all the ingredients just right. Having a team that love their craft and love people is vital to sustainable success. Our involvement with other salons and hairdressing gurus such as Michael Beele and, powerhouse, Mana Dave has contributed hugely to our fashion focused direction with our craft being at the fore of our customer experience.”
2012 Kitomba NZARH New Zealand Salon of the Year
"Winning these awards is the crème de la crème and all I can think is I am so grateful So You Hairdressing has been recognized for what I always dreamed it would be. My team are the ones at the helm of my business and they feel so proud to be part of this great team."
2012 Excellence in Marketing, Entrepreneur of the Year & Best New Entrant
"As a new salon, winning these awards will help us build our profile and gain credibility with our clients. It has absolutely boosted the morale of the team and makes everyone feel proud to be a part of the Mane vision."
Jeanette Cork - Winner
2011 Schwarzkopf Best New Entrant
"The opportunity that the Kitomba NZARH Business Awards gave us was a chance to highlight how good this industry is. It showcases that all of us are more than 'just hairdressers'. We're business owners; responsible for staff, clients and an industry that is dynamic, exciting and innovative. For my business personally it's about acknowledging that the Capelli team is a real representation of the commitment, the dedication and pride that our industry cultivates with awards such as these."
2011 Excellence in Marketing
"Just entering keeps me accountable to my salon's business plan. We all need to analyse our businesses. The opportunities that come out of being a finalist or a winner are huge. Our clients love it and it's one of the most effective marketing tools around. It makes the team proud to be recognised for all their efforts. Thank you Kitomba and NZARH for providing this platform to be recognised by."
2011 Kitomba NZARH New Zealand Salon of the Year
"Winning this fantastic award has been the pinnacle of my career so far and validates all the hard work. Thank you Kitomba and NZARH for making these awards possible and for helping to raise the bar on the professional standards of this wonderful industry. What a great opportunity to analyse all aspects of my business. To celebrate the achievements and give a clear focus moving forward. Our team and our clients all love being part of our success. We haven't stopped celebrating! Our success proves you don't have to be the biggest kid on the block to be a winner."
2010 Entrepreneur of the Year & 2011 Fastest Growing Salon
"Winning these awards was sensational for team morale. Our clients love that we won too."