Benjamin Blackburn of HOB Salons Leeds has been recognised as one of the UK’s top professional hairstylists following his success at reaching the UK and Ireland Final of the Wella Professionals Trend Vision Award 2013, in the Young Talent Category.
Beating off stiff competition, the young stylist was selected from over 800 entries at the initial Photographic stage for the Regional Heats, which have been taking place across the country in Scotland, Manchester, The Midlands and London over the last few weeks.
Following Ben’s success in the Northern Regional Heat on the 15th May, he is now one of only 36 UK hairdressers to reach this year’s UK and Ireland Final, making him one of the countries most sought-after and in-demand professional hairstylists.
Created to discover and acknowledge the industry’s most skilled hairstylists and colourists, Wella Trend Vision focuses on all aspects of hairstyling and colouring, and the Photographic and Regional Heats are judged by some of the UK’s leading hair icons, including Rob Eaton of Russell Eaton, Dan Spiller of Marc Antoni, Mark Creed of Philosophy and Mark Woolley of Electric.
This year the four trends are Allegra, Fusion, Decibel and Echo - entrants were asked to interpret one of the four trends with their own personal style. This annual four stage competition kicked off earlier this year with a Photographic Entry where Ben’s interpretation of Echo took him through to the Northern Regional Final which saw him showcase his chosen trend on a live model in a dazzling evening show.
Ben spoke of his achievement by saying,
I’m so proud to have reached the UK Final of such an influential competition. I am very excited about taking part and competing against the best hairdressers in the country, and hopefully following in my HOB Salons team member’s footsteps at the UK Final in October.
Ben will now have time to prepare for the Wella Professionals Trend Vision Award UK and Ireland Final, one of the industry’s biggest and most inspirational events. Due to take place on Monday 7th October at legendary cultural venue – the Roundhouse in London’s Camden - competitors will present in front of hundreds and be judged by the best in the industry for the opportunity to walk away with the ultimate accolade in hairdressing.
Should Ben be successful at the UK and Ireland Final, he will benefit from a dedicated mentoring programme which will then see him take part in the International Trend Vision Award, due to take place in Frankfurt in 2014.
So whether you fancy a new style, the latest celeb look, or just want advice from the hairdressing elite, book your appointment now with Benjamin Blackburn at HOB Salons Leeds on 0113 243 5555.