Kevin Kahan – who owns the Kevin Kahan salon in Bangor – won the Hair Trend Award at the Creative Head Most Wanted Awards, which took place earlier this week. The event – held at London’s Natural History Museum and hosted by Creative Head magazine – is widely considered to be the most important in the British hairdressing calendar and is attended by the crème de la crème of the industry.
Kevin was shortlisted for the title in June, after submitting a photograph of his favourite creation in the initial stages of the competition. Competing against 5 other hairdressers in the category, Kevin was thrilled to hear his name announced by the evening’s host, comedian Katherine Ryan.
Dubbed ‘the blunt bob of dreams’ by Creative Head’s sister website, layered.com, Kevin’s cut was just one of 8 looks he created for model and actress Marleen Mathews, in a groundbreaking photo shoot that saw him take his muse’s style from long to super-short over the course of a day.
‘To be able to create such a look requires years of studying and analysing faces to know what will work’ said layered.com in praise of Kevin’s work. ‘His cut perfectly highlights her razor-sharp cheekbones, while hinting at the careful layering and depth above. Anyone who loves hair knows that looking effortless usually requires a lot of effort, and this is no exception.’
‘Winning this award is just incredible’ says Kevin. ‘The Most Wanted awards are so prestigious and so respected – it’s an honour just to be nominated. To win with an image from this collection is an especially proud moment as it was a concept I was so passionate about. I poured my heart and soul into the shoot and to have that acknowledged on this scale is very humbling.’
Kevin’s award will join his other trophies at his state-of-the-art salon in Bangor. Three-times Northern Ireland Hairdresser of the Year, Kevin is a member of the British Hairdressing Awards Hall of Fame and his salon itself has won a RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Award.
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