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    HJ's British Hairdressing Awards 2012: Winners Announced!

    The winners of HJ‘s British Hairdressing Awards 2012 were honoured at a glittering ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
    Winners were announced in nine regional categories and six specialist categories, before the ultimate accolade of HJ‘s 2012 British Hairdresser of the Year was awarded to Angelo Seminara.
    The evening – arguably the biggest night of the year for the industry – was hosted by HJ‘s publishing director, Jayne Lewis-Orr and comedian David Walliams, who brought the house down with his well-observed comments and near-the-knuckle gags.
    Jayne welcomed the audience saying: “Tonight truly demonstrates why British hairdressing is respected the world over as we recognise the most gifted individuals – and teams.The judging process and independent auditing ensures complete transparency for the finalists and winners, making HJ‘s British Hairdressing Awards the most respected in the industry.”
    Before the awards were handed out, the industry paid its respects to the late, great Vidal Sassoon in a moving film celebrating the visionary’s unsurpassed influence. Nominees and industry names shared their memories of the great man, revealing the impact he had on their careers.
    Then it was the time for the regional awards, with hairdressers from across the country awarded for their talent and technical skill. The 2012 inductees to the Hall of Fame were also honoured, with Christel Lundqvist (Schwarzkopf Professional British Colour Technician of the Year), HOB Salons (Artistic Team of the Year) and Terri Kay (Eastern Hairdresser of the Year) all awarded for three wins each in the same category.
    As well as celebrating the most creative talent in the hairdressing industry, the evening also gave hairdressing’s hottest names the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive set from grime artist Labrinth  who got the 1,700 guests on their feet during a three-song set.
    Then it was time for the specialist categories, including Newcomer of the Year which was presented by special guest, Gok Wan.
    Before the eagerly-anticipated final award of the evening was announced, guests got the chance to enjoy a model presentation by the eight nominees for British Hairdresser of the Year.
    Reminding the audience precisely why these names are the most-respected in the industry, the show saw each nominee present two models demonstrating their trademark style; monochrome 60s looks for Akin Konizi, sculpted updos for Angelo Seminara, gothic Geisha girls for Errol Douglas, avant-garde texture for Hooker & Young, three-dimensional colour for Jamie Stevens, classic Sassoon shapes for Mark Hayes, candy-floss coloured texture for Mark Leeson and beautiful blondes for Tim Hartley.
    Then it was time for the highest accolade in British hairdressing to be awarded, with Schwarzkopf Professionals’ Linton Husbands joining Jayne on stage to announce Angelo Seminara as the winner of HJ’s British Hairdresser of the Year for a third time.
    And the winners were…
    Regional Categories
    Eastern Hairdresser of the Year: Shaun Hall, Mark Leeson Hair Body & Mind
    Northern Ireland Hairdresser of the Year: Kevin Kahan, Kevin Kahan
    Southern Hairdresser of the Year: Ryan Nicoletti-Dowd, Wigg
    North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year: Marcus King, Hooker & Young, Wynyard
    Scottish Hairdresser of the Year: Kay McIntyre, McIntyres Salons
    Wales & South West Hairdresser of the Year: Ken Picton, Ken Picton Salon
    Midlands Hairdresser of the Year: Sarah Bowron and Adrian Bowron, Aesthetics
    North Western Hairdresser of the Year: Gary Taylor, Edward & Co
    London Hairdresser of the Year: Tina Farey, RUSH Hair, The House of Rush
    Specialist Categories 
    Afro Hairdresser of the Year: Craig Chapman, Craig Chapman Hair Design
    Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year: Indira Schauwecker, TONI & GUY
    Men’s Hairdresser of the Year: Tracey Devine, Angels
    Newcomer of the Year: Kieran Tudor, D&J Ambrose
    Artistic Team of the Year: Mark Leeson Art Team
    Schwarzkopf Professional British Colour Technician of the Year: Ken Picton and Paul Dennison, Ken Picton Salon 
    HJ’s British Hairdresser of the Year
    Angelo Seminara
    • Lynn Diggins

      Absolute disgrace that Errol Douglas has not been given this Award AGAIN this year. What does he have to do to earn it when even an OBE does not seem to be enough for your organisation?

    • Rachael Gibson

      Hi Lynn,

      Thank you for your comment on HJ.

      We are sorry to hear that you were disappointed in the winner of British Hairdresser of the Year, however this award – and indeed all of the other awards on the night – are not decided by our publication.

      All of the British Hairdressing Awards are voted for by other hairdressers, as well as a panel of industry experts. It is entirely judged by those outside of our organisation and then independently audited by an outside body to ensure total transparency for the finalists and winners.


    • Sue Tabbenor

      Hi. I love everything to do with creating fab hair , i am 47 and love hair wifh passion, why is it that after 25 there is nothing for over that age as far as competions go….thanks a reply would be appreciated….thanks sue

      Stoke on trent

      ..st4 3hr

    • Rachael Gibson

      Hi Sue,

      Thank you for your comment. This is actually a subject that we have covered quite a lot in the magazine, as we know that there are many talented hairdressers out there who are over 30 and still interested in taking part in competitions.

      There are many high-profile competitions in the industry that have no age limit – HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards has no age cut-off, Matrix Destination FAME is open to anybody and Goldwell Color Zoom, Wella Trend Vision and L’Oreal Colour Trophy also have categories open to hairdressers of any age. These are just a few examples of the big competitions, but there are plenty more! We will be updating this page for 2013 shortly, but you can get an idea of some of these competitions here:


      There are also lots of opportunities for those over 30 to get involved in training programmes and mentoring – we rounded those up in a feature earlier this year, which you can see here:


      Hope this helps!