British Hairdressing Awards 2006 Finalists Announced

In 1985, the British Hairdressing Awards – presented by the Hairdressers Journal International and sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional – were launched to reward hairdressers who were pushing the boundaries of hairdressing forward, creating and setting the trends and excelling in this competitive industry. Today, the British Hairdressing Awards are cited as the “Oscars’ of the hairdressing world.

To enter the competition, hairdressers working in salons throughout the United Kingdom have to submit four images, which fulfil the criteria set. Depending on the hairdressers location, they can enter their regional category – Eastern, London, Midlands, North Eastern, North Western, Northern Ireland, Scotland, 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 – Afro 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 or Schwarzkopf Professional British Colour Technician of the Year.

For the first round judging, a distinguished panel made up of members of the British Hairdressing Awards Hall of Fame (hairdressers who have won their region or specialist category three times) judge all entries independently, with all entries remaining anonymous, and all marks counted and compiled by an independent firm of auditors. From the first round judging, six finalists are selected in each category. They have to then produce a second set of images, which is added to the first set and judged in the second round. To judge the final six in each category, Hall of Fame members are joined by leading UK hairdressers and selected members of the press, and once again the judging process is independent and anonymous, with the marks collated by independent auditors.

In 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 2006 there are six nominees for the title – Andrew Barton, Antoinette Beenders, Errol Douglas, Akin Konizi, Angelo Seminara and Richard Ward.

“Each year the standard of entries in all categories becomes more creative and inspirational,” comments Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Hairdressers Journal International, 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 skills.”

The British Hairdressing Awards has significantly raised the profile of British hairdressing both in the UK and overseas. Winners of all the categories can enjoy the recognition from their peers along with an increased media profile in their local area and nationally.

The winners will be announced at the biggest event in the hairdressing industry’s calendar, a glittering awards dinner presented by a well-known celebrity – the British Hairdressing Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London on Monday 27th November 2006.

2006 British Hairdressing Awards Finalists

Regional Finalists

Eastern Hairdresser of the Year
Claire Dawson    HOB Salons
Mia Dunham    The Gallery
Scott Halsey    Clipso, Watford
Mark Leeson    Mark Leeson Hair, Body and Mind
Simon Raby    Toni & Guy, Peterborough
Barrie Stephen    Barrie Stephen

London Hairdresser of the Year
Nick Bland    Harringtons
Jamie & Sally Brooks    Brooks & Brooks
Esti Carton    Harringtons
Errol Douglas    Errol Douglas
Stephen Glendinning    Essensuals, Southampton Street
Desmond Murray    Desmond Murray

Midlands Hairdresser of the Year
Nick Malenko & Royston Blythe    Royston Blythe
Stephen Fordham    Essensuals, Rugby
Tim Scott-Wright    Lisa Shepherd Midlands
Sean & James Tetlow    The Colour Room
Mark Theaker    Mark Scott
James Whyte    Jason Lea

North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year
Jen Deighton    Toni & Guy Sunderland
Robert Eaton    Russell Eaton
Glynn Hayden    Toni & Guy, Doncaster
Marcus King    Hooker and Young, Wynard
Neville Ramsay    Ramsay Johnson
Michael Young    Hooker and Young, Jesmond

Northern Ireland Hairdresser of the Year
Noel Burns    Zuni Hair
Simon Houston    Simon Houston Hairdressing
Clive Johnston    Clive Alexander
Keith Kane    Keith Kane Hair International
Denise McClusky    Michele International
Joanne O’Neill    Joanne O’Neill Hair Design

North Western Hairdresser of the Year
James Bacon    Andrew Collinge Hairdressing
Harry Boocock    The Hair Studio
Barbara Daley & Lisa Rhead    Barbara Daley Hair and Beauty
Angie James    Toni & Guy, Liverpool
Sharon Peake    Ethos Hairdressing
Pat Wood    Saks Hairdressing and Beauty

Scottish Hairdresser of the Year
Neil Barton    Hair by JFK
Tracey Devine    Angels
Colin McAndrew    Medusa
Suzie McGill    Rainbow Room International
Kay McIntyre    McIntyre Hair Salon
Austen Thomson    Paterson SA

Southern Hairdresser of the Year
Sam Burnett    Rush, Sutton
John Castelli    Twist Hair
Antony Edge    Toni & Guy, Bluewater
Tina Farey    Rush, Croydon
David Lopez    Clippers
Leonardo Rizzo    Sanrizz, Guildford

Wales & South West Hairdresser of the Year
Dominic Capel & Lara Johnson    Lara Johnson Lifestyle
Rachel Brown Blushes
Daniel Neaves    Daniel K Neaves Hair
Louise Smith    Essensuals Wiltshire
Sally Stevens    Central Studio
Vicky Turner    Goldsworthy’s Hairdressing

Specialist Categories

Afro Hairdresser of the Year
Errol Douglas    Errol Douglas
Junior Green    Junior Green Hair and Beauty
Jacqueline Ngalam    Hebe Hair and Beauty
Claire Rothstein    Bloww
Sandra Webb    Hype Coiffure
Marlon Wright    M&M Hair Academy

Artistic Team of the Year
Rush    Croydon
Aveda Advanced Academy    London
Trevor Sorbie    London
Hooker and Young    Gosforth
Toni & Guy    London
Harringtons    London

Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year
Nick Malenko & Royston Blythe    Royston Blythe
Stephen Carey    Stephen Carey
Johanna Cree Brown    Trevor Sorbie
Efi Davies    Toni & Guy, Covent Garden
Gary Hooker & Michael Young    Hooker and Young
Desmond Murray    Desmond Murray

Men’s Hairdresser of the Year
Carl Blake    Jacks of London
Louis Byrne    Brooks and Brooks
Richard Hannah    Toni & Guy Kensington
Desmond Murray    Desmond Murray
Claire Rothstein    Bloww
Mark Smith    Strangeways

Newcomer of the Year
Alfie Booth    Andrew Collinge Hairdressing
Mel Eubanks    M&M Hair Academy
Ben Ferris    Goldsworthy Hairdressing
Jay Perera    Sanrizz, Hayhill
Kelly Smith    Boons
Emma Steven    Lisa Shepherd Midlands

Schwarzkopf Professional British Colour Technician of the Year
Paola Barattini    Toni & Guy, Mayfair
Karen Dodds    Cutting Room Creative
Robert Eaton    Russell Eaton
Francesco Fontana    Essensuals
Gary Hooker & Michael Young Hooker and Young
Jo O’Neill    Toni & Guy, Henrietta Street

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