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Last Monday, it was the event that we and the hairdressing industry eagerly await all year – the British Hairdressing Awards!
The best of British hairdressing talent was celebrated at the star-studded ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House on London’s swanky Park Lane. The night was hosted by childhood throwback (SMTV Live, anyone?) Cat Deeley, alongside HJ’s executive director, Jayne Lewis-Orr and Schwarzkopf Professional’s General Manager, Stuart Hamid. More than 1,500 of the top hairdressing talent from across the country attended the awards, which is a celebration of the most creative and technically-gifted hairstylists in Britain.
On the night, guests and finalists mingled over a champagne reception before settling down to a sumptuous three-course dinner. Entertainment came not just from Cat’s wisecracks, but also from pop supergroup Boyzlife, who got the room on their feet with a storming greatest hits set. There was inspiration a plenty from hosts Schwarzkopf Professional too, as their team took to the stage to present their Ikonic Essential Looks collection (with a little help from session stylist legend Tyler Johnston, colour extraordinaire Lesley Jennison, and Rainbow Room International’s award-winning duo Suzie McGill and Dylan Brittain).
However, much as the night provided the opportunity to network, party and peruse the collections created by finalists, the evening was really all about the winners and their work. Talent was recognised across 16 categories, covering both regional entries representing the whole of Great Britain and specialist collections including men’s hairdressing, avant-garde work and colour. The ultimate accolade on the night is British Hairdresser of the Year which, this year, was awarded to Sally Brooks for her inspirational work and contribution to the industry as a whole. Sally is the first female winner of the award since 2005, and led a charge of women picking up awards on the night – more than half of the trophies were awarded to female stylists.
British Hairdresser of the Year – Sally Brooks, Brooks & Brooks
Eastern Hairdresser of the Year – Joseph I’Anson & Lisa Graham, Mark Leeson
London Hairdresser of the Year – Indira Schauwecker, Toni&Guy
Midlands Hairdresser of the Year – Shaun Hall, Mark Leeson
North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year – Isobel Eaton, Russell Eaton
North Western Hairdresser of the Year – Daniel Couch & Ashleigh Maybank, Russell Eaton
Northern Ireland Hairdresser of the Year – Julie Cherry & Colette Fitzpatrick, Shane Bennett Salon
Scottish Hairdresser of the Year – Suzie McGill & Dylan Brittain, Rainbow Room International
Southern Hairdresser of the Year – Thomas Hills, TH1 Hair
Wales & South West Hairdresser of the Year – Zoe Williams & Scott Evans, Ken Picton Salon
Afro Hairdresser of the Year – Charlotte Mensah, Hair Lounge
Artistic Team of the Year – Rush Hair
Avant-Garde Hairdresser of the Year – Emmanuel Estaban, Anne Veck Salons
Men’s Hairdresser of the Year – Terri Kay & Andrea Giles, Mark Leeson
Newcomer of the Year – Olivia Nevill, Ashley Gamble
Schwarzkopf Professional British Colour Technician of the Year – Robert Eaton, Russell Eaton