Auckland stylist Jock Robson won the top prize at the Wella Trend Vision hair awards last night, but he will have to compete for trophy space with his wife Sara Allsop.
The couple, who own Mt Eden salon Dharma, are no strangers to vying for titles against each other.
In June, Allsop claimed the Schwarzkopf Hair Expo New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year title, with Robson also a finalist. This time round, Allsop was helping out as Robson's assistant when he won the Wella Color Gold award.
"I'm over the moon! I really couldn't have done this without the team I have around me, particularly my wife, Sara. I now get to go to the world stage and represent New Zealand, which is very, very exciting," Robson said.
His winning look was an interpretation of the Glamazon trend, in which he had to recreate a photographic entry before judges at the Auckland Town Hall, being assessed on colour work, styling and the flair shown in his model's fashion and accessorising.
The night's other big prize, the Young Talent gold award went to Peter Burkill of Buoy Hairdressing in Wellington.
Both men will compete in the so-called Olympics of Hairdressing, the International Trend Vision Awards to be held in New York in October.
Dharma's Lenard Johnston was a silver medallist in the Color award, again assisted by Allsop, with the bronze award going to Micheala Powell of Blaze, Newmarket, assisted by her boss Mana Dave, a two-time previous titleholder.
The Young Talent silver award went to Sara Carswell of Blaze, with Aimee Bergerson of Veronica Jayne in Palmerston North gaining bronze.
Terry Whaitiri of Kensington Hairdressing, Auckland, won the People's Choice award after online voting by the industry and public.