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Creating Magic… British Hairdressing Awards Announce Winners

Tonight the winners of HJ’s 30th British Hairdressing Awards, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional, were announced in style. Set in the luxurious Great Room of the Grosvenor House Hotel a JW Marriot Hotel in London’s Park Lane, the brightest event in the hairdressing calendar was a night not to be missed. For one hairdresser in particular, it was a defining moment in their professional career when their name, Mark Leeson was announced as the British Hairdresser of the Year 2014.

In the 30 year history of the British Hairdressing Awards there has only been 15 hairdressers awarded the most prestigious title of any hairdressing career, British Hairdresser of the Year, and now Mark proudly shares the company of hairdressing icons and previous winners Trevor Sorbie, Anthony Mascolo, Irvine and Rita Rusk, John Frieda, Andrew Collinge, Nicky Clarke, Charles Worthington, Umberto Giannini, Beverly C, Mark Hill, Antoinette Beenders, Lisa Shepherd, Andrew Barton, Angelo Seminara and Akin Konizi.

Presented by Executive Director of Hairdressers Journal International, Jayne Lewis-Orr and much loved television personality, James Corden, the black-tie awards ceremony brings together the hairdressing industry to celebrate the best of British creativity. Each year professionals from all over the UK showcase their skills and love for their craft in photographic entries. There are nine regional categories covering all areas of the UK and six specialist categories that recognise the skills required in specific disciplines. These include Afro, Artistic Team, Avant Garde, Newcomer, Men’s Hairdresser of the Year and the Schwarzkopf Professional British Colour Technician of the Year. Hairdressers from any UK salon can enter the British Hairdressing Awards and compete evenly with the biggest names in the industry as the anonymous, independent and audited judging process ensures complete fairness for all.

Along with the 30 year heritage, what makes the British Hairdressing Awards unique is that they are based purely on photographic entries that demonstrate the skills and talents of the entrant. All entries are judged by an extensive, distinguished and experienced panel of credible individuals and the results collated by an independent firm of auditors.

“British hairdressers are internationally renowned for their creativity, originality and innovation and we are proud that the British Hairdressing Awards continues to celebrate the best of British,” said Executive Director, Jayne Lewis-Orr. “It has been inspiring on this special anniversary to see the standard of entries in all categories pushing forward. Congratulations to all the 2014 winners who truly are the best of British.”

The winners of the 2014 British Hairdressing Awards

HJ’s British Hairdresser of the Year 2014 – Mark Leeson, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire

Afro Hairdresser of the Year – Charlotte Mensah, Hair Lounge, London

Artistic Team of the Year – Marc Antoni, Henley-on-Thames

Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year – Chie Sato, Toni & Guy, Covent Garden, London

Men’s Hairdresser of the Year – Jamie Stevens, Jamie Stevens Hair London, Kensington, London

Newcomer of the Year – Jamie Benny, RUSH Hair, London

Schwarzkopf Professional British Colour Technician of the Year – Clayde Baumann, D&J Ambrose, Pinner, Middlesex

Eastern Hairdresser of the Year – Angelo Vallillo, Zullo and Holland, Nottingham

London Hairdresser of the Year – Cos Sakkas, Toni & Guy, Sloane Square, London

Midlands Hairdresser of the Year – Nick Malenko and Sophie Beattie, Royston Blythe, Compton, Wolverhampton

North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year – Toni Stephenson, Hooker & Young, Darlington, County Durham

Northern Ireland Hairdresser of the Year – Sharon Malcolm, Sharon Malcolm Hairdressing, Newtownards, Co. Down

North Western Hairdresser of the Year – Brent Barlow and Rosie Binns, Ethos Hairdressing, Chorlton, Manchester

Scottish Hairdresser of the Year – Philip Bell, Ishoka Hair and Beauty, Aberdeen

Southern Hairdresser of the Year – Bruno Marc Giamattei, Marc Antoni, Henley-on-Thames, Berkshire

Wales & South West Hairdresser of the Year – Martin Crean, Mode, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

Hob Salons Temple Fortune Help Charity Raise 100k For Children With Cancer

HOB Salons Temple Fortune has helped a charity to raise over £100,000 in 9 years of partnership. Supporting children who have lost their hair fighting cancer, Zichron Menachem creates wigs using hair donated by young ladies and turn to the award winning group as their go to hairdresser year on year.


The charity first teamed up with the salon 9 years ago, donating their time to cut the ponytails of the young ladies who donate their hair to this fantastic cause and restyling their shorter lengths to on trend cuts that suit them and make them feel beautiful.


Closing Early on Thursday the 6th of November the HOB Temple Fortune Team catered to 24 young ladies all aged nine to sixteen and were surprised with a visit from the mum’s of the children who the wigs will be donated to which was a touching moment for all involved.

Speaking on the event HOB Salons Director, Paul Simbler said ‘We always encourage our teams to support charity wherever they can but it’s wonderful to see such a special relationship develop over the years and each year the event gets bigger and better. Having raised over £100,000 in the last 9 years we look forward to helping raise even more in the future.’

Hob Salons Secure Funding Grant To Deliver In-House Apprenticeship Qualifications

Award winning hairdressing group HOB Salons are taking education to the next level as the Skills Funding Agency has awarded the 24 salons group a direct grant which enables them to deliver the complete Apprenticeship framework to all HOB Apprentices.

Housed at the Assistant Academy at Harmood Grove in Camden, minutes from the flagship HOB Academy in the heart of the bustling Camden Town, this exciting new development sees the group able to deliver Intermediate and Advanced Levels in both Hairdressing and Barbering under the VTCT awarding body.

Reflecting HOB’s unwavering dedication to excellence and their passion for education, this acclaimed company have pushed the boundaries once again, providing their 100 plus Apprentices with an in-house assessing team headed up by Apprenticeship Programme Manager Claire Ensor and Tutor Assessor Billy Brown who are on hand 5 days a week to deliver all Apprenticeship training needs.

Welcoming the next generation coming through at HOB Salons to a new realm of Apprenticeship training, HOB have been working hard to develop a carefully tailored programme which incorporates HOB’s unique approach to education and their renowned Fundamentals programme. Allowing the group to cater to Assistants on a far more personal level, this grant will further allow HOB to develop their trainees to the excellent standard of hairdressing that the group are renowned for.

Speaking of the programme, International Creative Director for HOB Salons Akin Konizi says ‘Committed to the training and progression of our team, this apprenticeship grant will allow us to be in full control of all of our Assistant training and development, ensuring they all get the training they need to the superior standard we demand. Giving our Apprentices the best possible start to their careers, this is an incredible opportunity for us as a company, reflecting not only our belief in education, but our commitment to our salon teams and clients. Our Apprentices are our future.’


Darren Fowler from Clipso London teams up with L’Oreal Professionel Italy for Tribe London event.

Darren Fowler, owner of Clipso London, recently teamed up with L’Oreal Professionel Italy, teaching guest artists how to create that much sought after ‘London Style’. The seminar took over 40 L’Oreal Professionnel Italy delegates through a series of techniques focused on ’Tribal London‘.

Stylist Lee Lapthorne, make-up artist Nora Nona, and photographer Armin Weisheit were also on hand to help bring the five tribal looks to life. The tribes were in the form of iconic London areas; the South East London tribe featured middle partings, thin plaits and low maintenance manes. Whereas the West End tribe was all about sophisticated chic and put together texture. Shoreditch’s tribe included plaited top knots with texture gelled front line, Camden oozed texture grunge and celebrated the colour black whist Dalston focused on pastel colour and fringes.

“This was a really exciting opportunity for us as a brand and for the guests who attended. I pulled together a great team of creative experts to ensure that the Italian guests experienced a truly creative weekend. There were lots of demonstrations and hands on activities to get the stylists really behind the seminar. The feedback was extremely positive and we’re looking forward to progressing this forward for future international guests,” explained Darren.

Simon Shaw receives Grand Master Barber Award

During a successful weekend at Salon International 2014, Simon Shaw was surprised and overwhelmed after being awarded with Grand Master Barber Award Status.

The British Master Barbers Association surprised Simon live on the Wahl stage at the exhibition with the Award, the first award of it’s kind and a tremendous achievement for not only for Simon but the whole team at Wahl. The award recognises those who are influential to the industry, share their passion and are integral to barbering – everything the Wahl Academy is about.

‘ I am absolutely delighted and honoured to be receiving this award and definitely very surprised. I speak on behalf of not only myself but the team here at Wahl UK and would like to thank the Master Barbers Association for selecting me to win this award, I will treasure this for life, delighted is an understatement.’

The award comes after a very successful weekend for the Wahl team, with newly crowned Search for a Star Winner Joe Savage taking to the stage with the Wahl Artistic team along with the launch of the new styling line presented by Wahl’s Barber of the Year 2014 Darryn Pitman. Not forgetting the continual success of the Cordless Super Taper which, is still in massive demand and a firm favourite on this years main stand.

Carlos Valiente - Winner Fígaro Awards Comercial Women’s Collection category

In a glittering ceremony which took place in Madrid on 20th October, the winners of the 5th Spanish Hairdressing Awards, launched by Club Fígaro and sponsored by Revlon Professional, were announced. The biggest event in Spanish hairdressing calendar began with the red carpet and the Figaro catwalk, where the 15 nominees put in scene their finalists collection, leading to an stunning show. After the catwalk, the sealed envelopes were opened and the winners were presented by the jury and the presenter of the gala, Miquel Garcia, from Revlon Professional. This year’s professional jury was composed of five renowned international hairstylists: Errol Douglas, Gun-Britt Zeller, Josep Pons, MCarmen Madrigal and Ángela Navarro. [source: Club Figaro]

WOMEN’S COMMERCIAL * Carlos Valiente * PUREZA Collection


"With this collection I wanted to show the female sensitivity and purity.
For that purpose I have used white as main color, being for me the beginning of everything, the union of all the colors, that brings me to piece, tranquility, serenity and calm condition, a color that transmits minimalist purity and perfection. As a powerful and seductive contrast I have added intense lips red to emphasize the polarity between piece-purity and strength-power of seduction. I have used as attrezzo with a symbolic character some ropes on the female body that represent the liberation of the actual woman; a woman that maintains her special sensitivity, beauty and romanticism, purity and seduction power".

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