The event was organised by the Central Hairdressing Academy and Joshua Galvin Academy who train hairdressing and barbering apprentices from across London and Essex. New sponsors, Barkers Hairdressing Supplies, donated a huge array of scissors and heated tools for winners and runners-up.
Trainees from salons initially submitted pictures of their entries and a panel made up of renowned hairdressers, including Andrew Barton, selected entrants for the grand final at Bethnal Green Town Hall.
Head of the judging panel, Keryl Titumus, who also runs the Central Hairdressing Academy, said,
This year marked some positive changes to our annual competition. A new venue in East London close to our training centre and fabulous support from our new sponsors, Barkers, who supplied not only prizes, but amazing goody bags for everyone attending!
The competition also attracted a record number of entries and we were thrilled that the finalists produced work of the highest standard we have ever seen.
With the standard so high, delighted winners were thrilled by their success with apprentice, Lillie Sutton, from Phase 2 Salon in Canvey, Essex, enjoying a double celebration.
She scooped not only the top prize in the advanced ‘Avant-Garde’ category, but also won the prestigious Joshua Galvin Cup, awarded by Stephen Nurse from Daniel Galvin to an outstanding apprentice.
Lillie, 21, said,
I simply love what I do and this has given me yet more motivation to go on and win other competitions and get involved in shows whenever I can.
The adrenaline is fabulous and, although it’s nerve wracking, it’s great being part of something that is so creative.
Competition entry fees and a collection on the day raised just over £255 for The Hairdressers’ Charity.