British Hairdressing Awards 2019: A star-studded ‘Oscars’ ceremony of the hair world took place on Monday 25th November at London’s Grosvenor House 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 the top hairdressing talent from across the country attended the British Hairdressing Awards 2019, which is a celebration of the most creative and technically gifted hairstylists in Great Britain & 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 absolutely 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.
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 & 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.”
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.
HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards Specialist Category Winners:
British Hairdresser of the Year: Robert Eaton, Russell Eaton, Leeds
Afro Hairdresser of the Year: Rick Roberts, Rick Roberts, Beverley (East Yorkshire)
Artistic Team of the Year: Mark Leeson Artistic Team, Mansfield
Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year: Hayley Bishop & Sophie Springett, TONI&GUY Audley Street,
Men’s Hairdresser of the Year: Jim Shaw & Daisy Carter, Essensuals, Billericay
Newcomer of the Year: Alex Morton, Jamie Stevens, London
Colour Technician of the Year: Sophie Gibson & Jonathan Turner, Hooker & Young, Newcastle
Trend Image of the Year: Federico Patelli, TONI&GUY Victoria, London
HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards Regional Winners:
Eastern Hairdresser of the Year: Nathan Jasztal & Zoe Jasztal, Silhouette Du Barry, Chelmsford
London Hairdresser of the Year: Andy Heasman, RUSH Victoria, London
Midlands Hairdresser of the Year: James Earnshaw, Bad Apple Hair, Wolverhampton
North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year: Alexander Turnbull, Alexander Hair & Beauty, Hull
North Western Hairdresser of the Year: Jon Wilsdon, TONI&GUY Deansgate, Manchester
Northern Ireland Hairdresser of the Year: Sharon Malcolm, Sharon Malcolm Hairdressing, Co. Down
Scottish Hairdresser of the Year: Jason Hall, Jason Hall Hairdressing, Edinburgh
Southern Hairdresser of the Year: Andrew Smith, Andrew Smith Salons, Portsmouth
Wales & South West Hairdresser of the Year: Martin Crean, MODE, Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire
International Collection of the Year: Jacky Chan, Oscar Oscar Chadstone, Melbourne, Australia
British Hairdressing Awards Hall of Fame 2019 for winning the same category three times:
Marcello Moccia, Room97 Creative Hairdressing, Wakefield
Michelle Thompson, Wolverhampton
Robert Eaton, Russell Eaton Hair, Leeds
HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards are sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional.
For 34 years, the British Hairdressing Awards have been the most coveted and sought-after titles in the hairdressing industry resulting in global recognition.
Both regional and category specific awards are given to salons and hairdressers across the UK who show incredible skill, vision and talent through a collection of images.