Simon Webster Hair, in North Laine, Brighton transformed their dreams into reality by winning the greatly sought after 2015 Mizani Afro Award during the prestigious 2015 L’Oréal Colour Trophy Grand Final, with a salon tem lead by SWH Team’s Colour Specialist, Patrick Matthews.
On Monday 1st June, 2015 the salons creative journey came to a dramatic finale inside the stunning Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London to witness the victorious conclusion to Simon Webster Hair’s three month journey. The audience gave the team a standing ovation as TV and Radio presenter Lauren Laverne, the Grand Final presenter for 2015 and Afro Hairdresser of the Year, Charlotte Mensah presented the team their award.
Over 1000 photographic entries were received for the 2015 L’Oréal Colour Trophy and just 400 salon teams make it through to the final events. Back in May a powerhouse team of seven salons all vying to win the Mizani Afro Look Award went head to head inside the L’Oréal International Academy, London during an intense live final.
Each team created their look on a model of African/Caribbean descent that encapsulated their knowledge of Autumn/Winter 2015/16 catwalk trends infused beautiful make-up and fashion led styling with technically excellent colour and precision cutting skills. The highly respected judging panel was made up from Junior Green of Junior Green Salon, Michelle Sultan and Kim Johnson of Hype Coiffure and Charlotte Mensah of Hair Lounge.
The recognition of this award and the global opportunities that come along with it make it one of the most sort after titles in the hair industry. To win means that the team will pick up an exciting prize package that includes a cover and photo shoot in a leading magazine alongside numerous PR all designed to help to boost the salons profile. Salon owner Simon Webster said,
We are absolutely thrilled and also a little stunned as this was the first time that we have ever entered this award category. Since opening our salon in 2012 we have had an increasing number of clients with Afro or mixed race hair looking for Afro hair specialists. This is a specialist area in hairdressing and not all hairdressers are equipped with the knowledge to get the best out of Afro hair, so we have really concentrated on this specialism and made sure that we have the right team with the right skills, and winning this award has really shown us that we are definitely doing something right!
The model that the Simon Webster salon used was found locally through a street search in Brighton that the team did to find models for their own collection shoot. Simon says,
We found Jade in Brighton, she isn’t a model, but her hair was great and we used her on our shoot. We thought that the look we created for her was really strong and she looked so good that we entered her for the Mizani Afro Look Award.
Hair: Patrick Matthews, assisted by Simon Webster, both Simon Webster Hair. Model: Jade Beckles-Varga. Make-Up Artist: Xoe Kingsley