30 years ago, 100 hairdressers attended the very first British Hairdressing Awards, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional. This week saw more than 1,700 hairdressers come together at the glamorous Grosvenor House hotel to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the hairdressing Oscars, and to celebrate the winners in the nine regional and six specialist categories, as well as the ultimate award, HJ’s 2014 British Hairdresser of the Year.
The evening started with a trip down memory lane with a beautiful retrospective film that highlighted the achievements from the past 30 years.
While HJ’s executive director Jayne Lewis-Orr welcomed everyone to the Great Room, host for the night, comedian and TV personality, James Corden wowed the crowd with his insider jokes and impressions of the industry.
The night promised to be the most glittering event of the year – and it didn’t disappoint. Following a delicious three-course meal of smoked cheese arancini, fillet of Aberdeen Angus beef and lemon crème brulee, the awards were underway. Jamie Stevens, Philip Bell and Cos Sakkas were both inducted in to the Hall of Fame, for three wins each in the Men’s Hairdresser of the Year, Scottish Hairdresser of the Year and London Hairdresser of the Year categories, respectively.
The X Factor’s Union J were mobbed as they sang a medley of their hits including new single, You Got It All and a festive rendition of new track, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.
Before the coveted British Hairdresser of the Year was presented, the nominees – Akin Konizi, Angelo Seminara, Darren Ambrose, Errol Douglas, Gary Hooker and Michael Young, Jamie Stevens, Mark Hayes and Mark Leeson – showcased a spectacular show of beautiful and creative styling.
Finally it was time to announce the 30th British Hairdresser of the Year – with Mark Leeson taking home the title. Mark, with his fourth British nomination, won with his feminine, eye-catching collection in what is his 30th year in hairdressing.
HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards 2014 winners
Midlands Hairdresser of the Year - Nick Malenko and Sophie Beattie, Royston Blythe, Compton, Wolverhampton
North Western Hairdresser of the Year - Brent Barlow and Rosie Binns, Ethos Hairdressing, Manchester
Northern Ireland Hairdresser of the Year - Sharon Malcolm, Sharon Malcolm Hairdressing, Newtonards, Co Down
Scottish Hairdresser of the Year - Philip Bell, Ishoka, Aberdeen
North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year - Toni Stephenson, Hooker & Young, Darlington
Southern Hairdresser of the Year - Bruno Marc Giamattei, Marc Antoni, Henley-on-Thames, Berkshire
Wales & South West Hairdresser of the Year - Martin Crean, Mode, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire
Eastern Hairdresser of the Year - Angelo Vallillo, Zullo & Holland, Nottingham
London Hairdresser of the Year - Cos Sakkas, Toni & Guy Sloane Square
Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year - Chie Sato, Toni & Guy Covent Garden, London
Newcomer of the Year - Jamie Benny, Rush Hair, London
Men’s Hairdresser of the Year - Jamie Stevens, Jamie Stevens Hair, London
Afro Hairdresser of the Year - Charlotte Mensah, The Hair Lounge, London
Artistic Team of the Year - Marc Antoni, Henley-on-Thames, Berkshire
Schwarzkopf Professional British Colour Technician of the Year - Clayde Baumann, D&J Ambrose, Pinner, Middlesex
British Hairdresser of the Year - Mark Leeson, Mark Leeson Hair, Body & Mind, Mansfield