Sally Brooks Named British Hairdresser of the Year

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Sally Brooks, of Brooks & Brooks hair salon in London, collected the title of British Hairdresser of the Year for the second year running, at this year’s British Hairdressing Awards, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional.

Sally, who is best known for creating wearable, desirable and technically exceptional hair, beat off competition from eight other British nominees, having wowed the judges with her collection of eight images, perfect in their simplicity and execution.
Commenting on her second win in two years, Jayne Lewis Orr, executive director of the British Hairdressing Awards, said,

Sally’s work is always a joy – she creates the most wonderful images that look effortless but take incredible skill to execute. She understands how to make hair commercial, relatable and above all else, utterly desirable.

Sally collected her title in front of 1,750 hairdressing greats, alongside host and TV celebrity, Rylan Clark-Neale. The event, which took place on Monday 26th November at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, saw guests celebrating into the early hours entertained by Scouting for Girls.

Following her nomination in May, Sally was required to submit eight images of original hair work which were judged and awarded points for overall technical skill, creative vision and wearable, beautiful looks that pushed the boundaries of hair art. The judging took place in Epsom and included a panel of industry peers, members of the British beauty press and past winners of the British Hairdressing Awards. 

Sally was awarded her prize on the night alongside 19 of her peers, who were presented with their titles for their artistic ability, technical dexterity and creative talent.

The British Hairdressing Awards, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional, celebrates the very best of British hairdressing - recognising and rewarding the creative talents of individuals and teams who make this industry. Currently over 287,000 people work within the hairdressing, barbering and beauty industries; contributing over £7bn to the UK economy each year.

Sponsoring HJ's British Hairdressing Awards is an enormous privilege, and we at Schwarzkopf Professional are delighted that we can partner with HJ in supporting and recognising the very best hairdressing talent across the UK. Hairdressing is an industry of endless enthusiasm and creativity and nowhere is this more evident than in the entries for these awards. I am absolutely delighted for the winners as they represent the pinnacle of our industry – the very absolute best. - Stuart Hamid, Schwarzkopf Professional General Manager, UK and Ireland.

The British Hairdressing Awards have launched the careers of a host of household names: from John Freida and Nicky Clarke to TONI&GUY creative director Sacha Mascolo-Tarbuck, as well as TV favourites Lisa Shepherd and Andrew Barton.

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