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In a year that introduced us to lockdown and social distancing and and hair professionals proved their weight in gold, the very best of British hairdressing talent was recently celebrated at HJ's British Hairdressing Awards 2020, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional.
HJ's British Hairdressing Awards celebrate the people producing the very best hairdressing work across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. For the first time in its 36 year history, the 'Oscars' of the hair world could not be held in person at the Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel, and instead went virtual, giving an opportunity to celebrate the success and talent within the industry, and share the prestige and excitement of the event to an even wider audience.
Finalists were each given 'tickets' for their very own virtual room where they could watch and celebrate with their teams, friends and family while the industry and clients could also show their support by tuning in to a live stream of the event which was hosted by television personality Rylan Clark-Neal on the Hairdressers Journal International Facebook page.
Winning the ultimate accolade of the night was Sally Brooks, co-owner of Brooks & Brooks Hair in London, who was announced British Hairdresser of the Year 2020. Two hairdressers, Mark Leeson from Mark Leeson Salon in Nottingham and Martin Crean from MODE Hair in Gloucestershire were welcomed into the prestigious British Hairdressing Awards Hall of Fame for three previous wins in the same category. The new inductees also secured two awards each for their salon teams. From Mark Leeson, stylists Lisa Graham and Joseph I'Anson, were crowned Eastern Hairdresser of the Year and Andrea Giles and Terri Kay won the Men's Hairdresser of the Year category. MODE's creative team gained the top spot for Artistic Team of The Year and the salon's rising star, Kate Drury was awarded Newcomer of the Year.
Talent was recognised across 18 categories, covering both regional and specialist collections including men's, avant-garde and afro. Jayne Lewis-Orr said, "This year's British Hairdressing Awards will certainly go down in history as one of the most challenging but rewarding events we've ever organised. The fighting spirit of the hair community shone through, despite not being together in person, and the reception from our virtual viewers was truly uplifting. I'm so pleased we had this opportunity to share the achievements of these truly outstanding stylists with all their supporters near and far. I would like to extend a huge congratulations to all the winners."
"Sponsoring HJ's British Hairdressing Awards is a great privilege," says Julian Crane, Schwarzkopf Professional General Manager UK and Ireland. "In a record year for entries, showcasing the highest calibre of hair work, we have been extremely impressed at the outstanding application of creative techniques. The awards are a true celebration of our industry and it is an honour to join Hairdressers Journal International in recognising the very best of UK and International hair talent."
Entrants to the prestigious awards submitted a series of images demonstrating their technical hairdressing dexterity and creative vision. Finalists were then judged by a panel of hairdressing legends and members of the British Hairdressing Awards Hall of Fame.
To book MODE located in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, visit http://www.modehair.co.uk
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