The best of British hairdressing talent was celebrated at HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional.
The star-studded ‘Oscars’ ceremony of the hair world took place on Monday 25th November at London’s Grosvenor House, a JW Marriott Hotel on Park Lane, hosted by TV personality Rylan Clark-Neal, alongside HJ’s executive director, Jayne Lewis-Orr and Schwarzkopf Professional’s General Manager, Julian Crane. More than 1,750 of top hairdressing talent from across the country attended the awards, which is a celebration of the most creative and technically gifted hairstylists in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Winning the ultimate accolade of the night was Robert Eaton from Russell Eaton Hair in Leeds, who was announced 2019 British Hairdresser of the Year. It was a double celebratory night for him, as he was also inducted into the hallowed British Hairdressing Awards Hall of Fame thanks to his three consecutive Schwarzkopf Professional Colour Technician of the Year wins in 2018, 2017 and 2016. Robert said:
I’m absolutely speechless! There are so many people here who have mentored, helped and guided me to where I am now. I’m so thankful to everyone who voted for my collection! I was overwhelmed to be nominated in the first place, so to win this year is mind-blowing.
When I first started in the hairdressing industry, my dad gave me a Trevor Sorbie book, and he said, ‘One day this could be you winning those hairdressing awards,’ and now I’ve done it! I’m madly passionate about the hairdressing industry, I love every single element about it. It’s been my whole life since I left school and I hope I can be a mentor to other young hairdressers too. I would love to thank my Wella Professionals family and most of all, the amazing salon teams at Russell Eaton in Barnsley and Leeds!
Federico Patelli from TONI&GUY Victoria won the inaugural Trend Image of the Year title – a new category for entrants under the age of 30 to showcase incredible skill in just one photograph. The second addition to this year’s line-up was International Collection of the Year, which was awarded to Jacky Chan from Australia. This category had finalist hairdressers from countries as far apart as the USA and the United Arab Emirates to recognise the incredible stylists carrying the baton for hair innovation and artistry in their own countries all over the world.
On the night, guests and finalists mingled over a champagne reception before enjoying a sumptuous three-course dinner, whilst entertainment came from The Hoosiers with their hits Goodbye Mr A and Something About Ray. Hosts Schwarzkopf Professional presented a stunning ‘Celebration of Colour’ show created by power team: Essential Looks Global Colourist Lesley Jennison, and Schwarzkopf Professional Global Editorial Stylist, Tyler Johnston.
Talent was recognised across 18 categories, covering both regional and specialist collections including men’s hairdressing, avant-garde work and afro. Among other winners, East Yorkshire’s city of Hull had two winners, and can now boast a duo of nationally decorated hairdressers. Rick Roberts from Beverley won Afro, and Alexander Turnbull from Hull gained the crown in North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year category. Artistic Team went to Midlands salon group Mark Leeson, and Essex bagged men’s hairdresser thanks to Jim Shaw and Daisy Carter from Essensuals in Billericay. The one to watch Newcomer award went to Alex Morton from Jamie Stevens, and the hotly contested London Hairdresser of the Year title was won by Andy Heasman from RUSH Victoria.
Taking home a trio of titles was TONI&GUY, whose female partnership of Hayley Bishop and Sophie Springett from TONI&GUY North Audley Street impressed with their highly intricate, textured work to pick up Avant Garde, whilst Jon Wilsdon from TONI&GUY Deansgate in Manchester won North Western, and young star Federico Patelli from TONI&GUY Victoria picked up the inaugural Trend Image prize.
Two further styling stars were welcomed into the Hall of Fame 2019 for their triple wins. Michelle Thompson for her hat trick in Afro Hairdresser of the Year, and Marcello Moccia for a three-time triumph in North Western Hairdresser of the Year. Securing a spot in the Hall of Fame 2020 was Martin Crean from MODE Hair in Gloucestershire, who won Wales & South West Hairdresser for the third time. HJ’s executive director, Jayne Lewis Orr said:
Each year, British hairdressing goes from strength to strength. These awards serve to celebrate not just the sheer technical skill involved in hairdressing, but also the creativity and vision behind the extremely accomplished execution. Each winner has demonstrated an ability to dream big, and then bring that concept to life in imagery that’s beautiful, inspiring and directional. We’re very proud of all the winners.
Julian Crane, Schwarzkopf Professional’s General Manager says:
It was an amazing night, full of incredible talent and creativity. It truly was a celebration of hairdressing! Congratulations to Robert Eaton, a first-time winner of British Hairdresser of the Year and well-deserved.
Entrants to the prestigious awards must submit a series of images demonstrating not only their technical hairdressing dexterity, but their creative vision and comprehension of current trends too. Looks must be wearable and beautiful, as well as pushing the boundaries and limitations of hairdressing to showcase the pinnacle of a hairstylist’s creativity. Finalists were then judged, twice, by a panel consisting of hairdressing legends, leading national beauty press and members of the British Hairdressing Awards Hall of Fame; an accolade presented to those who win the same category on more than three occasions.
A win at the awards doesn’t just provide industry recognition. A British Hairdressing Award marks the winner out as one of the most talented hair professionals in the country and, as the world continues to look to the UK for hairdressing inspiration, trend forecasting and techniques, walking away with a trophy at the awards can lead to global recognition.
Here are the British Hairdressing Award winners of 2019:
- Eastern Hairdresser of the Year: Nathan Jasztal & Zoe Jasztal, Silhouette Du Barry
- London Hairdresser of the Year: Andy Heasman, RUSH
- Midlands Hairdresser of the Year: James Earnshaw, Bad Apple Hair
- North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year: Alexander Turnbull, Alexander Hair and Beauty
- North Western Hairdresser of the Year: Jon Wilsdon, TONI&GUY Deansgate
- Northern Ireland Hairdresser of the Year: Sharon Malcolm, Sharon Malcolm Hairdressing
- Scottish Hairdresser of the Year: Jason Hall, Jason Hall Hairdressing
- Southern Hairdresser of the Year: Andrew Smith, Andrew Smith Salons
- Wales & South West Hairdresser of the Year: Martin Crean, Mode Martin Crean
INTERNATIONAL COLLECTION OF THE YEAR
- Jacky Chan, Oscar Oscar Chadstone, Melbourne, Australia
- Trend Image of the Year: Federico Patelli, TONI&GUY Victoria
- Afro Hairdresser of the Year: Rick Roberts, Rick Roberts
- Artistic Team of the Year: Mark Leeson
- Avant-Garde Hairdresser of the Year: Sylvestre Finold, TONI&GUY
- Men’s Hairdresser of the Year: Jim Shaw & Daisy Carter, Essensuals Billericay
- Newcomer of the Year: Alex Morton, Jamie Stevens Kensington Salon
- Schwarzkopf Professional British Colour Technician of the Year: Sophie Gibson & Jonathan Turner, Hooker & Young
Congratulations to all the winners!