Hair Spectacular

December 3rd, 2018

December 3rd, 2018

The biggest names in the hairdressing industry gathered in central London on Monday night to celebrate our sister title, Hairdressers Journal International’s British Hairdressing Awards 2018, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional.  The ceremony recognises the abundance of talent that keeps the UK at the forefront of the hairdressing world each year.

HJI’s Executive Director Jayne Lewis-Orr welcomed guests alongside Schwarzkopf Professional’s outgoing general manager Stuart Hamid to London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.  Jayne said: “Those lucky enough to pick up an award tonight represent all that is great about British hairdressing and this event is all about the finalists and nominees here this evening so I would like to add my congratulations to them all.”

Morning TV favourite Rylan Clark-Neal hosted the evening with his charm and wit, and for the second year running, longstanding sponsor Schwarzkopf Professional showcased its latest Young Artistic Team collection, directed by Tyler Johnston, which was a complete hit with the crowd.  Noughties rock band Scouting for Girls got the crowd on their feet while performing their hits ‘She’s So Lovely’ and ‘This Ain’t a Love Song’.  Then came the awards.

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Sally Brooks

For the second year running, the most prestigious award of the night, British Hairdresser of the Year, was awarded to Sally Brooks.  On her award, Sally said, “There’s room for everyone in this industry and I think these awards highlight that.”  She thanked her dad, her partner, her business partner and photographer.  She also gave a special thank you to Trevor Sorbie who trained her.

The Hall of Fame had three new entries this year with Suzie McGill, Rush Artistic Team and Charlotte Mensah.

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Charlotte Mensah

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Suzie McGill

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Here are the best hairdressers of 2018 from across the UK:


Eastern Hairdresser of the Year
Mary Geoghegan and Jessica Neil, KH Hair

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Jessica Neil and Mary Geoghegan

London Hairdresser of the Year
Philipp Haug, Toni & Guy – Sloan Square

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Philipp Haug

Midlands Hairdresser of the Year
Nicola Smyth, Nicola Smyth Award Winning Hair

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Nicola Smyth

North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year
Isobel Eaton and Jesse Jackson, Russell Eaton

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Isobel Eaton and Jesse Jackson

North Western Hairdresser of the Year
Marcello Moccia and Karen Perry, Room97 Creative

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Marcella Moccia and Karen Perry

Northern Ireland Hairdresser of the Year
Damien Johnston, Pure Hair

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Damien Johnston

Scottish Hairdresser of the Year
Karen Thomson, KAM Hair & Body Spa

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Karen Thomson

Southern Hairdresser of the Year
Robert Masciave, Metropolis Hairdressing

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Robert Masciave

Wales & South West Hairdresser of the Year
Steven Smart, Smartest 73

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Steven Smart


Afro Hairdresser of the Year
Michelle Thompson, Francesco Group – Birmingham

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Michelle Thompson

Artistic Team of the Year
Marc Antoni Art Team, Marc Antoni

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Marc Antoni

Avant-Garde Hairdresser of the Year
Sylvestre Finold, Toni & Guy – Wimbledon

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Sylvestre Finold

Men’s Hairdresser of the Year
Desmond Murray, Atherton Cox

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Desmond Murray

Newcomer of the Year
Gianluca Caruso, Toni & Guy – North Audley Street, London

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Gianluca CaruscoSchwarzkopf Professional British Colour Technician of the Year
Robert Eaton, Russell Eaton

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Russell Eaton



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