Simon Webster Hair Takes Hairdressing to the Next Level

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Local independent salon, Simon Webster Hair, in Gardner Street Brighton, has been awarded not one but three places in the hairdressing industry’s most fashion-led live hairdressing competition the L’Oréal Colour Trophy 2013. The acclaimed event will be happening on Weds 3rd April at the Park Plaza, London.

The salon entered three of their five stylists into the competition; Simon Webster for L’Oreal Colour Trophy Award, Phil Gilbert for Men’s Image Award and Max Backshell for Young Colourist Award. And when news broke that all three had qualified for the Regional Finals, the team were ecstatic – a massive feat for a small, independent salon that only opened in April 2012. To gain their prestigious places in the Regional final the salon submitted a photograph for each of the three categories entered, demonstrating their technical expertise and their fashion awareness on both male and female models. Simon Webster Hair were quickly noticed for their ability to produce modern and inspirational hair colours and styles, with a stunning editorially inspired finish and shook off stiff competition of over 1000 entries in each category, from right across the UK. The photographic images were taken by another Brighton business, Kevin Mason’s Create Studios, with whom the salon works very closely.

Simon Webster Hair will now team up again with their models, stylists and make-up artists to put both their knowledge of catwalk trends and technical skills to the test as they complete their model look live in just 45 minutes. The goal is to create a look that encapsulates the brief of a ‘well executed, inspirational, modern colour with a beautiful editorially inspired style and finish on a female model, complementing an Autumn/Winter 2013/14 fashion trend to create a show-stopping total look’.

Simon Webster, Phil Gilbert and Max Backshell are part of a very excited salon team who are all overjoyed with having broken through to the next level of the competition. The team will now join 65 other salons from across the southern region in a bid to secure the L’Oréal Colour Trophy, L’Oréal Professionnel Men’s Image Award and L’Oreal Professionel Young Colourist Award 2013 – a tough feat when they’ll be up against the large chain salons who so often dominate these competitions.  

Sophie Webster, salon owner and front of house stated,

This is an incredible achievement for us. To have been open for less than a year and only have a team of eight in total- we really can’t believe that we’ve had such fantastic success. We have very loyal clients who have been really supportive and we’ve received amazing independent reviews since we opened back in April, but to receive recognition already from some of the top industry professionals, takes things to another level. We knew the SWH Team were a special group of stylists and colourists, but now they have the opportunity to show what they can really do.

The fashion fuelled, high energy event will be one of seven highly anticipated regional finals happening across the country and will be hosted by TVs new it girl Zoe Hardman co-host of Take Me Out: The Gossip alongside Mark Wright for ITV2.  Each salon team will only have 45 tense minutes to bring their model look to life and demonstrate that they are the region’s most talented and creative hairdressers to a panel of judges consisting of acclaimed hairdressers. Award winning hairdresser and judge Trevor Sorbie MBE commented,

It’s an amazing achievement to make it to this stage, the Regional finals have an amazing atmosphere and it’s great to bring talented hairdressers from all over the region under roof. What turns my head and captures my attention is when all the elements come together, great model with styling and makeup that work flawlessly with the cut and colour – an overall look that looks effortless.

Simon Webster Hair could be one of just six salons to walk away with a place in the industries longest running, glamorous awards event the 58th annual L’Oréal Colour Trophy Grand Final on June 3rd 2013 inside the elegant Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London. This stage leaves them just one step away from scooping the unparalleled grand final prize of A Year of Dreams’ - an exciting mix of educational courses; creative oversees events, national media exposure and glamorous fashion shoots.

To find out more about the salon and follow their progress through the competition, go to

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