3 British Hairdresser of the Year Finalists; 3 International Big Shot Award Finalists and 1 ClubStar Show…

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British Hairdressing Awards

Hot on the heels of Darren Ambrose’s nomination for British Hairdresser of the Year, it’s been announced that two more of the D&J Ambrose team have been shortlisted for the British Hairdressing Awards.

Former Schwarzkopf Colour Technician of the Year, Clayde Baumann is again shortlisted in the category and says,

I am understandably overwhelmed by this massive honour. I’ve entered every year since my first win in 2014, with an insatiable hunger to bring it home for the D&J team again. Winning this would mean the absolute world to me and of course, put me only one more trophy away from the Hall of Fame, which is the ultimate goal. I cannot express enough gratitude to my mentor and friend Darren. He has guided me through such a vital part of my growth in the competitive British Hairdressing arena.

This category looks to celebrate the most diverse and creative talents in hairdressing.

Three-times Men’s Hairdresser of the Year nominee Michael Francos says,

I’m unbelievably happy to be shortlisted again. It’s the second year in a row and third overall! I’ve followed the British Hairdressing Awards since I started this career at 16; I think I could even name all the previous men’s winners. Getting through again is unbelievable. I would definitely not be in this position if it wasn’t for the encouragement and support from Darren, Jackie and the incredible team. It’s going to be an amazing night.

The men’s hairdressing industry is booming – the last year alone has seen a 9% increase in the amount male clients spend in-salon.

Hairdresser’s Journal International Executive Director Jayne Lewis Orr says,

The awards remain true to the original objective - to promote the professionalism and leading vision of British hairdressing, and importantly to celebrate its contribution to the wider world. I am so proud that we can see the impact that the awards have had on not only our own industry and the individuals within it, but also on partnership industries as its success is shared by many. This year more than ever, we encouraged entrants to produce work that’s aspirational and wearable, to really unify the bonds between creative hairdressing and the fact that this industry contributes £7bn to the national economy and employs 500,000 nationwide. Now that’s something amazing to celebrate!

Behind The Chair – One Shot Awards

Three of Darren’s images have been shortlisted for the Behind The Chair One Shot Awards in the Haircut, Colour and Avant-Garde categories. The competition is open to stylists and colourists worldwide and this year saw over 215,000 entries. The winners will be announced during the annual awards show in Austin Texas on August 20th.

Fellowship ClubStar Presents D&J Ambrose

The D&J Ambrose Art Team, led by the iconic Darren Ambrose, presented an exclusive collection to some 60 Fellowship ClubStar members at the Wella World Studio in London. Darren and his team presented a variation of skills, ranging from precision cutting and session styling to advanced men’s hair techniques and covered topics like the evolution of hair colouring and its techniques.

Darren was joined by his Global Colour Director and 2017 BHA nominee, Clayde Baumann as well as his Men’s specialist and fellow 2017 BHA nominee, Michael Francos. The D&J team also took this opportunity to introduce their newest Art Team members: the talented ghd Style Squad member, Essi Karjalainen and Sebastian CULT team member, Krista Ward.

This star line-up was well received for a jam-packed two hour seminar which concluded the D&J Ambrose educational circuit for the first half of the year.

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