It was a glittering night for the professional salon industry, when Rylan Clark-Neal presented this year’s Hairdressers’ Journal British Hairdressing Awards, which was sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional for the 34th year.
Sponsored by Schwarzkopf, these awards are much coveted by salon professionals from all over the UK, and many talented hairdressers strive for years to prove both their colour and styling prowess in order to win. The sponsorship is a key pillar in Beauty Care Professional’s strategy to ensure the brand is associated with the very best in the hair styling and colour industry.
The show started with a dramatic showcase from our Schwarzkopf Professional ambassadors Lesley Jennison and Tyler Johnston. Their opening presentation – A Celebration of Colour – featured no wigs, no wefts and no trickery – just brilliant, creative, colourful hair. Playing with optical illusions, contrasting shades and hand-painted details, this was hairdressing at its finest, and served as the perfect starting point for an evening packed with inspiration.
Rylan Clark-Neal rushed from his live ‘Strictly: It Takes Two’ broadcast to be at the Grosvenor to host the awards. He was the perfect presenter; full of typical Rylan jokes but genuine warmth and congratulations for each winner. Entertainment was provided by Brit Band, Hoosiers, who had the crowd dancing and singing along.
And then came the main event: the awards. Schwarzkopf Professional General Manager, Julian Crane, presented each award with Jayne Lewis-Orr, Executive Director and Laura Husband, Editor, both from Hairdressers’ Journal. The British Hairdressing Awards is all about celebrating the very best in the business – and this year, there were four Schwarzkopf ambassadors in the winning line up.
Midlands Hairdresser of the Year: James Earnshaw, Bad Apple Hair
Northern Ireland Hairdresser of the Year: Sharon Malcolm, Sharon Malcolm Hairdressing
Afro Hairdresser of the Year: Rick Roberts, Rick Roberts
Schwarzkopf Professional British Colour Technician of the Year: Sophie Gibson & Jonathan Turner, Hooker & Young
The other category winners were:
Eastern Hairdresser of the Year: Nathan Jasztal & Zoe Jasztal, Silhouette Du Barry
London Hairdresser of the Year: Andy Heasman, RUSH
North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year: Alexander Turnbull, Alexander Hair and Beauty
North Western Hairdresser of the Year: Jon Wilsdon, TONI&GUY Deansgate
Scottish Hairdresser of the Year: Jason Hall, Jason Hall Hairdressing
Southern Hairdresser of the Year: Andrew Smith, Andrew Smith Salons
Wales & South West Hairdresser of the Year: Martin Crean, Mode Martin Crean
International Collection of the Year: Jacky Chan, Oscar Oscar Chadstone, Melbourne, Australia
Trend Image of the Year: Federico Patelli, TONI&GUY Victoria
Artistic Team of the Year: Mark Leeson
Avant-Garde Hairdresser of the Year: Sophie Springett & Hayley Bishop, TONI&GUY North Audley Street
Men’s Hairdresser of the Year: Jim Shaw & Daisy Carter, Essensuals Billericay
Newcomer of the Year: Alex Morton, Jamie Stevens Kensington Salon
After the category awards, the finalists showcased their creativity in colour and style with a catwalk show that drew huge applause from the attendees.
Finally, it was time to crown this year’s British Hairdresser of the Year and the winner was Robert Eaton of Russell Eaton, who said that he had tried for many years to reach this pinnacle and was proud to have achieved this career highlight.