British Hairdressing Awards

What does Winning a British Hairdressing Award Feel Like?

by akesha / last updated April 6, 2020

British Hairdressing Award

HJ’s British Hairdresser of the Year 2019 and this month’s guest editor Robert Eaton, quizzes this year’s winners about how winning the British Hairdressing Awards, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional has already transformed their lives…

British Hairdresser of the Year

Robert Eaton
Russell Eaton Hair
“The prestige of winning this award has been wonderful for our family business and has really created a buzz in our salons and within our team and most of all our clients who have loved to see our success. I am a salon-based hairdresser based outside of London so I hope my win represents the hard work and dedication shown in salons across the country. With lots of exciting things to come this year I can’t wait for you all to see what else I have to share with everyone!”

Midlands Hairdresser of the Year

James Earnshaw
Bad Apple Hair
“Winning Midlands Hairdresser of the Year at the British Hairdressing Awards in 2019 has given me so many opportunities and has helped me to be noticed by brands that wouldn’t have seen my work before. It’s also motived the team of people I work with to achieve their own goals!”

North Western Hairdresser of the Year

Jon Wilsdon
TONI&GUY Deansgate
“Winning has made me want to enter again even more! It’s such a great event and seeing my work in Hairdressers Journal International is one of the best moments in my career so far.”

Northern Ireland Hairdresser of the Year

Sharon Malcolm
Sharon Malcolm Hairdressing
“I’m still elated and grateful to have won. My clientele is delighted, and it’s also brought new business to the salon. Plus, it provides awareness and recognition for my team.”

Eastern Hairdresser of the Year

Nathan Jasztal & Zoe Jasztal
Silhouette Du Barry
“Winning Eastern Hairdresser of the Year has been an incredible experience. The journey has been a necessary learning curve. All of the previous collections are the steppingstones to achieving the goal. To work together on this for the first time and actually win was amazing!”

Men’s Hairdresser of the Year

Jim Shaw & Daisy Carter
Essensuals Billericay
“Winning this award is the best feeling ever. Being recognised within the industry is a dream come true and it’s such a great feeling mentoring people to be able to get the crème de la crème of awards! I want this feeling forever”

Trend Image of the Year

Federico Patelli
TONI&GUY Victoria
“Winning for me has been a celebration of the hard work behind the scenes and a team that supports me. Winning has also given me the motivation to get better and better every year.”

Wales & South West Hairdresser of the Year

Martin Crean
Mode Martin Crean
“It’s a great honour and a dream come true to be included in the Hall of Fame and to be the first person in the Cotswolds to do this. The British Hairdressing Awards, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional is so important to our industry as it showcases how talented and creative we all are.”

Southern Hairdresser of the Year

Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith Salons
“Being named Southern Hairdresser of the Year has catapulted my career beyond my wildest dreams. I was invited to solely create a global ICON collection for milk_shake and Concept and I’ve since travelled to Italy four times and three other countries (Asia is next) to teach and inspire the global education team. My work is on salon walls, in marketing materials and on videos being shared by tens of thousands of salons across the world. I’ve headed a team at London Fashion Week. I’ve been featured in eight print publications and I seriously pinch myself every single morning when I open my eyes!”

London Hairdresser of the Year

Andy Heasman
“It’s been such an honour winning this award and the start of my year has already been very exciting. We’ve done some big shows and we’ve had lots of attraction from international clients in our Covent Garden academy, so I hope it continues.”

Scottish Hairdresser of the Year

Jason Hall
Jason Hall Hairdressing
“Wining Scottish Hairdresser of the Year has been amazing for us. Not only has it given us lots of local publicity and opportunities, but it’s also made our clients in the salon incredibly proud and the place has been buzzing ever since.”

Artistic Team of the Year

Mark Leeson Art Team
Mark Leeson
“Winning Artistic Team of the Year at the British Hairdressing Awards is a truly amazing feeling as it involves all of our team and is the culmination of all our creativity and energy into one melting pot and everyone feels part of it. The award is great for team morale and our clients love hearing all about our accolades. We have already taken part in some amazing international shows this year.”

Schwarzkopf Professional British Colour Technician of the Year

Sophie Gibson & Jonathan Turner
Hooker & Young
“Winning British Colour Technician of the Year is a dream come true, putting us in the same place as so many other hairdressers that we have looked up to throughout our whole career. It is something that we will proud of for the rest of our lives. Our colour clientele has risen significantly, and it has brought a lot of new business to the salon. We’re so grateful to have received such an accolade and excited for our journey this year.”

Afro Hairdresser of the Year

Rick Roberts
Rick Roberts
“Winning at the British Hairdressing Awards was a dream come true. Winning this award has put me on the map for Afro and textured hair. I’ve won lots of Afro hairdressing awards already but winning Afro Hairdresser of the Year at the British Hairdressing Awards is my most prestigious award to date. It’s led to me being asked to teach more texture courses for Schwarzkopf Professional. Plus, I’ve been named Wahl’s UK Styling and Afro Textures Creative Director and I’m working on their Styling Artistic Team.”

International Collection of the Year

Jacky Chan
Oscar Oscar Chadstone, Melbourne, Australia
“It such an honour to be recognised for my craft at the highest level. The British Hairdressing Awards, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional is such a prestigious award platform and the level of talent involved was sensational. To top it off I was there in person to accept the award itself which was an out of body experience. It’s definitely my career highlight.”

North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year

Alexander Turnbull
Alexander Hair and Beauty
“Winning the British Hairdressing Awards in 2019 was a truly wonderful experience. This was my third win and way to go out as in October I moved to Los Angeles to launch my new range of wigs called the Alexander Couture Collection. Having this award has helped with the launch and the PR behind it as not only has my collection launched in the US, it is now available in the UK too.”

Avant-Garde Hairdresser of the Year

Sophie Springett & Hayley Bishop
TONI&GUY North Audley Street
“Avant-garde was a unique challenge to anything we have done before. It required all of our passion, creativity, commitment and sanity. We gave it our everything and it’s been a whirlwind ever since winning. To be recognised for this art in an industry do full of creatives is an absolute honour.”

Newcomer of the Year

Alex Morton
Jamie Stevens Kensington Salon
“I feel so grateful to win Newcomer of the Year. It was my first award and to win alongside such creative people in the industry who are so talented and respected within the industry. It’s been a whirlwind and has already opened up so many opportunities for me. I’ve gained confidence and I’ve realised you can do anything if you set your mind to it. I’m excited for what this year will bring.”

For more information on HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards 2020 sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional click here

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