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Freelance Hairdressers’ Association Awards


The Freelance Hairdressers’ Association (FHA) celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and to mark the occasion they’re introducing a brand-new competition, open to all freelancers. The image-based awards features six categories, each of will be judged by an acclaimed industry expert.

It couldn’t be easier to enter, and the FHA is even providing advice for freelancers who have never ventured into the world of awards with a practical and informative video (click to watch!). Created to inspire confidence in every entrant, this guide will help everyone’s entry be the best it can be.

Who can enter?

Everyone! The awards are open to every insured freelance or self-employed hairdresser in the UK. You do not need to be an FHA member to enter.

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Avant Garde Award – judged by Anne Veck

If you’re a hairdresser that likes to push boundaries, this is the category is for you.  Step outside of your commercial comfort zone and let your experimental side shine by showing off your creative vision and technical skills with Avant-Garde hair.

Barber’s Chair Award – judged by Chris Foster

Love barbering? This is your chance to showcase your creative skills and technical talent with a look that’s professional and polished. From fresh fades to retro styling, the Barber’s Chair Award is the perfect category to show off your barbering techniques.

Style Creator Award, sponsored by Wella – judged by Jordanna Cobella

Whether you’re a trend setter, a restyle master, or a fashion icon within your business, this category is for you.  Be proud of yourself and stand out from the crowd. I’m not sure what this category is for?!

Colour Master Award, sponsored by Indola – judged Georgia Bell

Showcase your creative and technical skills with a category that’s all about colour. From commercial looks and salon-friendly finishes to vibrant shades and bold transformations, this is your chance to show off your very best colour work.

Red Carpet / Bridal Award – judged Kasia Fortuna

If you love styling, this is the category for you! Show us your very best bridal and red carpet looks, with hair that combines technical styling skills with beautiful, flattering finished looks. From polished vintage glamour to soft bridal styling, this is your chance to show off your styling skills. 

Texture Excellence Award – Emma Simmons

Love working with curls? Show us what you can do and demonstrate your knowledge of this area with looks that celebrate the best of natural texture. Spring into action and enter now!

The FHA Elite Awards are now open and application forms are found on our website. Entries close on 31st March so get your entries in!