Hairdressers Journal International hosted its British Hairdressing Awards last night, with 1,700 of the country’s finest hairstylists gathering at London’s glamorous Grosvenor House, a J W Marriott Hotel, for the industry event of the year.
Now in their fourth decade, the awards, which are sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional, celebrate the very best in British hairdressing talent – an industry which contributes £7bn to the national economy and one which employs more than 300,000 people.
With nine regional and six specialist categories – as well as the ultimate award, British Hairdresser of the Year – the awards have launched the careers of a host of household names; from John Frieda, Nicky Clarke and
Charles Worthington to Anthony Mascolo, Lisa Shepherd and Beverley C, as well as TV favourites Jamie Stevens and Andrew Barton.
This year’s ceremony was hosted by David Walliams, alongside Hairdressers Journal International’s executive director, Jayne Lewis-Orr.
Amongst the trophies handed out by the duo on the night was Northern Ireland Hairdresser of the Year, which was scooped by Julian Dalrymple of The Sitting Room Hairdressing in Ballymena.
Speaking on the night, she said: “The talent in this category in this category is so strong and I’m awe of every single one of them – so be crowned winner is incredible.”
A regional win at the awards can well and truly put a hairstylist on the map, securing their place as an authority, not just a creative visionary but as a tastemaker, an influential employer and a destination business which brings clients through the door.
Says Jayne: “This award cements Julian as Northern Ireland’s leading hair talent, but a win doesn’t just mean you’re the very best in the area; it also marks you out as one of the greatest stylists in the country. This win positions you as an authority and puts The Sitting Room Hairdressing in Ballymena on the map too.”
HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards 2016: The winners
Northern Ireland Hairdresser of the Year: Julian Dalrymple, The Sitting Room, Ballymena
Midlands Hairdresser of the Year: Nick Malenko and Sophie Beattie, Royston Blythe, Wolverhampton North
Western Hairdresser of the Year: Marcello Moccia, Room 97 Creative Hairdressing, Wakefield Scottish
Hairdresser of the Year: Suzie McGill and Dylan Brittain, Rainbow Room International, Uddingston
North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year: Joseph Ferraro, Joseph Ferraro, Harrogate
Southern Hairdresser of the Year: Anne Veck, Anne Veck Salons, Oxford
Wales & South West Hairdresser of the Year: Steven Smart, Smartest 73, Weston-Super-Mare Eastern
Hairdresser of the Year: Joseph I’Anson and Lisa Graham, Mark Leeson, Mansfielf
London Hairdresser of the Year: Luke Benson, D&J Ambrose, Pinner, Middlesex
Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year: Indira Schauwecker, TONI & GUY, Covent Garden
Newcomer of the Year: William Lamb, Daniel Granger Hairdressing, Northampton
Men’s Hairdresser of the Year: Terri Kay and Andrea Giles, Mark Leeson, Mansfield
Afro Hairdresser of the Year: Robert Eaton and Karla Ancliff-Smith, Russell Eaton, Leeds
Artistic Team of the Year: Angelo Vallillo Academy, Nottingham
Schwarzkopf Professional British Colour Technician of the Year: Robert Eaton, Russell Eaton, Leeds
British Hairdresser of the Year: Angelo Seminara
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