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Article by Heather Bell
Celebrating the Best of British - the 2009 British
Hairdressing Awards Finalists Announced
waiting is over for hairdressers throughout the UK as Hairdressers
Journal International has announced the finalists for the nine regional
and six specialist categories in the British Hairdressing Awards
The British Hairdressing Awards are celebrating their 25th Anniversary
in 2009. Launched in 1984 by Hairdressers Journal International
and sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional, the awards have celebrated
and rewarded the best of British hairdressing creativity, and have
become the 'Oscars' of the hairdressing world.
Hall of Fame inductees hold their trophies in 2008, with
Jayne Lewis-Orr (editor-in-chief HJ), singer Seal and
compere Graham Norton.
enter the competition, hairdressers working in salons throughout the
United Kingdom have to submit four images, which fulfil the criteria
set. Depending on the hairdresser's location, they can enter their regional
category - Eastern, London, Midlands, North Eastern, North Western,
Northern Ireland, Scottish, Southern or Wales & South West. If their
talents lie within a particular discipline, they are also able to enter
one of the six specialist categories:
judging process, and each mark all entries independently. The points
are handed to a team of auditors, who then process the results to find
the six finalists in each category.
Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, will again be the
grand venue for the final in November.
Hairdresser of the Year
Artistic Team of the Year
Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year
Men's Hairdresser of the Year
Newcomer of the Year
Schwarzkopf Professional British Colour
Technician of the Year.
The first round judging takes place to establish the six finalists
in the regional and specialist categories. Members of the British
Hairdressing Awards Hall of Fame, along with previous British
Hairdressing Awards winners are invited to judge the work submitted.
Judges cannot confer
addition to the 15 regional and specialist categories, the most
hotly contested award is for the British Hairdresser of the Year
title. Entry to this award is by nomination only, and in 2009
there are eight nominees for the title - Andrew Barton, Errol
Douglas, Mark Hayes, Akin Konizi, Angelo Seminara, Lisa Shepherd,
Phil Smith and Gary Hooker & Michael Young,
"Each year the standard of entries in all categories becomes more
creative and inspirational," comments Publisher/Editor-in-Chief
of Hairdressers Journal
Akin Konizi celebrates winning the coveted British Hairdresser
of the Year Award 2008.
Below: An image from his winning collection.
Jayne Lewis-Orr. "British hairdressing is perceived throughout
the world as being the best, and the British Hairdressing Awards
recognise and reward creativity and excellence in all hairdressing
To go forward to the second round, the six finalists in each category
have to produce a second set of four images, which will then be
judged as a complete set of eight. The same guidelines are adhered
to as before, with the winner being announced at the biggest event
in the hairdressing industry's calendar, a glittering awards dinner
presented by a leading media personality - the British Hairdressing
Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel, a JW Marriot Hotel, London
on Monday 23rd November 2009.
Left: Terri Kay holds her trophy after winning the Eastern
Hairdresser of the Year 2008 - from the Mark Leeson Hair, Body
& Mind salon, Mansfield
Left: An image from Terri's winning collection.
Ferguson holds his trophy after winning the North Eastern Hairdresser
of the Year 2008 - from Hooker & Young, Gosforth.
Right: An image from Paul's winning collection.
Finalists - click on the award to see the finalists for each category
2009 British Hairdressing Awards Finalists
finalists for: Eastern Hairdresser of the Year
View finalists for: London Hairdresser of the Year
View finalists for: Midlands Hairdresser of the Year
View finalists for: North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year
View finalists for: Northern Ireland Hairdresser of the Year
View finalists for: North Western Hairdresser of the Year
View finalists for: Scottish Hairdresser of the Year
View finalists for: Southern Hairdresser of the Year
View finalists for: Wales & South West Hairdresser of the Year
View finalists for: Afro Hairdresser of the Year
View finalists for: Artistic Team of the Year
View finalists for: Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year
View finalists for: Men's Hairdresser of the Year
View finalists for: Newcomer of the Year
View finalists for: Schwarzkopf Professional British Colour Technician
of the Year