December 29th, 2019
Hairdressers Journal International’s British Hairdressing Awards 2019, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional, saw the stars of the hair industry out in force last month, celebrating the creative talent that has made Britain the envy of the hairdressing world.
Gathering at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, HJ’s Executive Director, Jayne Lewis-Orr, welcomed guests and commented that, “To enter and achieve finalist status in these awards requires determination, commitment and skill in order to produce these beautiful images that will set the trends and be revered the world over.”
She continued, “And it also takes bravery – to put your work in front of the most talented and creative judges who spend hours over two separate days to deliberate over the anonymous images independently.”
Host for the evening for the second consecutive year was Rylan Clark-Neal who ensured smooth running with as much hilarity and charisma as ever, while sponsor, Schwarzkopf Professional, treated guests to a Celebration of Colour with the show giving the audience inspiration in abundance. Music came from The Hoosiers with their hits Goodbye Mr A and Something About Ray wowing the crowd.
First-time nominee, Robert Eaton, took home the most prestigious award of the night, British Hairdresser of the Year and thanked his hairdressing team, Wella Professionals, as well as his dad who inspired him with a book by Trevor Sorbie when he was growing up.
The Hall of Fame had three new entries this year: Robert Eaton, Marcello Moccia and Michelle Thompson.
The night also saw winners announced in a host of regional and specialist categories.
Eastern Hairdresser of the Year
Nathan Jasztal & Zoe Jasztal, Silhouette Du Barry
London Hairdresser of the Year
Andy Heasman, RUSH
Midlands Hairdresser of the Year
James Earnshaw, Bad Apple Hair
North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year
Alexander Turnbull, Alexander Hair and Beauty
North Western Hairdresser of the Year
Jon Wilsdon, TONI&GUY Deansgate
Northern Ireland Hairdresser of the Year
Sharon Malcolm, Sharon Malcolm Hairdressing
Scottish Hairdresser of the Year
Jason Hall, Jason Hall Hairdressing
Southern Hairdresser of the Year
Andrew Smith, Andrew Smith Salons
Wales & South West Hairdresser of the Year
Martin Crean, Mode Martin Crean
International Collection of the Year
Jacky Chan, Oscar Oscar Chadstone, Melbourne, Australia
Trend Image of the Year
Federico Patelli, TONI&GUY Victoria
Afro Hairdresser of the Year
Rick Roberts, Rick Roberts
Artistic Team of the Year
Avant-Garde Hairdresser of the Year
Sophie Springett & Hayley Bishop, TONI&GUY North Audley Street
Men’s Hairdresser of the Year
Jim Shaw & Daisy Carter, Essensuals Billericay
Newcomer of the Year
Alex Morton, Jamie Stevens Kensington Salon
Schwarzkopf Professional British Colour Technician of the Year
Sophie Gibson & Jonathan Turner, Hooker & Young