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The Oscars of the Hairdressing World Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

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In 2014, HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional celebrate 30 years as the world's number one hairdressing awards ceremony, recognising and rewarding the very best of British hairdressing talent.

Throughout the awards 30 year history, 15 hairdressers have won the prestigious title of British Hairdresser of the Year and from Trevor Sorbie, John Frieda, Anthony Mascolo and Nicky Clarke to the 2013 British Hairdresser of the Year, Akin Konizi –these individuals and our celebrated regional and specialist category winners have shaped the way we wear our hair today.

Winning a British Hairdressing Award is the benchmark for creativity and innovation in cutting, colouring and styling and to enter hairdressers throughout the UK select the regional or specialist category they wish to enter and present a collection of four images for the first round judging. Judged anonymously with the results collated by a team of independent auditors, only the most qualified hairdressers are invited to judge the collections in the regional categories - Eastern, London, Midlands, North Eastern, North Western, Northern Ireland, Scottish, Southern, Wales & South West or the specialist categories - Afro, Artistic Team, Avant Garde, Men’s, Newcomer and Schwarzkopf Professional British Colour Technician.

Six finalists will be chosen in each category and asked to submit a further four images creating a collection of eight which will be judged by hair specialist press and the most respected creative hairdressers under the same strict guidelines as in the first round. The work of those nominated for the British Hairdresser of the Year title will also be judged at this stage, having submitted a collection of eight exclusive images together with an extensive professional CV. The winners will be announced at a glamorous black tie event, hosted by a well known media personality on Monday 24th November 2014 at The Grosvenor House, a JW Marriott Hotel.

Publishing Director of Hairdressers Journal International Jayne Lewis-Orr commented, “It’s an incredible achievement to be celebrating 30 years of the best of British hairdressing and the British Hairdressing Awards have stood the test of time, inspiring creativity and excellence within the industry. Many household names are proud to have won a British Hairdressing Award and Hairdressers Journal International and Schwarzkopf Professional are delighted to be celebrating 30 years.”

For press enquiries or to interview any of the past British Hairdressing Awards winners please contact Alison Jameson or Emma Miller at Alison Jameson Consultants on + 44 (0)131 621 7210, or email; or