The Stars Align for The British Hairdressing Awards 2017
The stars of the hairdressing industry aligned for HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards 2017, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional, to celebrate the breadth of hair talent that keeps the UK at the pinnacle of the hairdressing world every year.
HJ’s executive director Jayne Lewis-Orr welcomed guests to London’s Grosvenor House Hotel and commended all the finalists on their achievements so far. She spoke about the growing interest in our great industry and said: “Never has it been more important to raise the profile of this incredible profession.” “Everyone here tonight knows and recognises the opportunities available but we have to make people understand that dreams can be realised and fortunes made in this business where experts really do impact the lives of the people they care for.”
National TV treasure Cat Deeley hosted the evening and opened the show with a display of her most questionable hairstyles throughout the years.
For the first time ever, longstanding sponsor Schwarzkopf Professional showcased its Ikonic Essential Looks Collection, which was a complete hit with the crowd. Stuart Hamid, Schwarzkopf Professional’s General Manager said: “It was an amazing night, full of incredible talent and creativity. It truly was a celebration of hairdressing and outstanding collections!”
Boyzlife duo Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden created a frenzy when they came on stage and took the audience back to the late nineties and early noughties with a selection of Boyzone and Westlife’s biggest hits.
The most prestigious award of the night, British Hairdresser of the Year, was awarded to Sally Brooks. She was absolutely thrilled because it was also the first time she had been nominated by her peers to be a British Hairdresser of the Year finalist.
On her award, Sally said: “Thank you to my team, not only for supporting me but for supporting each other.” She also encouraged her fellow hairdressers to take part in the awards: “I never thought I’d be standing up here accepting this, especially in front of people I respect so much.”
Here are the best hairdressers of 2017 from across the country:
Eastern Hairdresser of the Year
London Hairdresser of the Year
Midlands Hairdresser of the Year
North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year
North Western Hairdresser of the Year
Northern Ireland Hairdresser of the Year
Scottish Hairdresser of the Year
Southern Hairdresser of the Year
Wales & South West Hairdresser of the Year
Here are the best specialist hairdressers of 2017:
Afro Hairdresser of the Year
Artistic Team of the Year
Avant-Garde Hairdresser of the Year
Men’s Hairdresser of the Year
Newcomer of the Year
Schwarzkopf Professional British Colour Technician of the Year