Cos Sakkas – British Hairdresser of the Year 2023

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The winners of HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards, were announced at a red-carpet ceremony on Monday 27th November at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House London. A total of nineteen trophies were awarded to the winners, in front of a 1400 strong audience of hairdressing peers, influencers and press. 

Celebrity host, Katherine Ryan, was joined by Hairdressers Journal’s, Jayne Lewis-Orr and Julian Crane, General Manager for Henkel Consumer Brands Hair Professional UK & Ireland.  Currently in their 39th year, the awards celebrate the outstanding creative and technical skills of the best stylists in the industry. 

Jayne Lewis-Orr, Executive Director of HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards said: ‘Almost four decades since they began, HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards continue to celebrate the most exciting and creative names in our industry. Tonight’s winners have demonstrated creative vision, dedication and passion for their craft. Their work is an inspiration to us all and utterly deserving of this recognition.’ 

Featuring ten regional categories, as well as nine specialist awards honouring work including Afro, Men’s, Session and Newcomer, entries are judged anonymously by over 100 leading hairdressers (including celebrity stylists, session stylists, previous winners and Hall of Fame* members). The ultimate accolade of British Hairdresser of the Year** was won by Cos Sakkas, Creative Director at TONI&GUY. After the dazzling ceremony, guests were treated to a performance by Björn Again.

Schwarzkopf Professional has been the sole sponsor of the event since its launch in 1984. Julian Crane, General Manager for Henkel Consumer Brands Hair Professional UK & Ireland, says: ‘Schwarzkopf Professional is honoured to shine a spotlight once again on some of the industry’s greatest talents. Our winners have wowed us with their passion and skill and should feel incredibly proud of their achievements.’

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HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards 2023

Specialist Category Winners 2023:

  • British Hairdresser of the Year: Cos Sakkas, TONI&GUY
  • Session Hairdresser of the Year: Eugene Souleiman
  • Afro Hairdresser of the Year: Melissa Timperley & Sara Williams, Melissa Timperley Salon
  • Artistic Team of the Year: Mark Leeson Artistic Team
  • Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year: Darja Laett, TONI&GUY Kensington
  • Men’s Hairdresser of the Year: Sam Elliot, TONI&GUY Covent Garden
  • Newcomer of the Year: Lucia Siero Hernández, TONI&GUY Westfield White City
  • Schwarzkopf Professional British Colour Technician of the Year: Suzie McGill, Rainbow Room International
  • Trend Image of the Year: Elyse Pointon, Edward & Co

Regional Winners 2023

  • Eastern Hairdresser of the Year: Olivia Binch, Mark Leeson
  • London Hairdresser of the Year: Jordanna Cobella, Cobella
  • Midlands Hairdresser of the Year: Tracey Ann Smith, French + Ivi
  • North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year: Rick & Zoe Roberts, Rick Roberts
  • North Western Hairdresser of the Year: Laura Kulik & Ria Kulik, The Hairbank
  • Scottish Hairdresser of the Year: David Corbett, David Corbett Hairdressing
  • Southern Hairdresser of the Year: Seung-ki Baek, RUSH Hair
  • Wales & South West Hairdresser of the Year: Ken Picton, Ken Picton Salon
  • Northern Ireland Hairdresser of the Year: Danny Malone, MACC Hair

International Collection of the Year: Antoinette Beenders & Jorge Cáncer, Aveda

Hall of Fame: Winning the same category three times:

  • Caroline Sanderson (Scottish)
  • Steven Smart (Wales & South West)

HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional Hall of Fame recognises those who have won the same category three times. The British Hairdresser of the Year title has been won by luminaries including Trevor Sorbie, Nicky Clarke, John Frieda, Charles Worthington, Angelo Seminara and Sally Brooks.

In 2020-2021, the hair and beauty industry generated over £4.6 billion in turnover for the UK economy. The number of hairdressing, barbering and beauty business continues to grow year on year, and there are now over 48,000 hair and beauty business in the UK, an increase of 5% from the previous year. In 2021/2022 around 7000 people started hairdressing and barbering apprenticeships in England (source: NBHF 2022 industry report)

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