Sally Brooks lands top award at the BHAs!

The BHAs are doing it for the girls!

Last night, the Great Room at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane was the fitting venue for the glittering British Hairdressing Awards sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional. The glamorous event was hosted by TV presenter Cat Deeley, looking beautiful with long, flowing golden tresses and executive director of HJI, Jayne Lewis-Orr, who seems to look younger every year!

Jayne opened the event by paying tribute to the standard and creativity of British hairdressing and impressing on the audience that in order to maintain this, there would be a need to attract more young people into this dynamic and rewarding industry.

A superb show presented by Schwarzkopf Professional’s team followed with their Ikonic Essential Looks collection. The musical interest of the night, Boyzlife gave a spectacular performance featuring an impromptu karaoke session with some of the audience, many of whom migrated to the stage to sing along with the duo.

Then came the awards themselves. The contestants had been through a rigorous selection process, having showcased a series of images with looks which had to be wearable and beautiful, as well as pushing the boundaries and limitations of hairdressing. These images were judged by a panel of hairdressing legends, leading national beauty press and past winners of the awards.

As always the standard was very high with lots of beautiful work exhibited, but of course there can only be one winner for each category on the night. There were some surprises and some outsiders, which is always great to see. Two of the most humbling acceptance speeches came from Charlotte Mensah on winning Afro Hairdresser of the Year for the third time making her the first black female hairdresser to enter the BHA Hall of Fame since it began 34 years ago; she said that she had waited her whole career for this moment. Indira Shauwecker of TONI&GUY generously noted that she was an example of how anyone with ambition, hard work and creative ability could achieve great heights in their hairdressing career.

This year was the year of the girls! Of the 22 winners collecting trophies on the night, over half were women and although this doesn’t quite reflect the split of 88% women employed in the industry, it is indeed a great step forward for girl power. And the icing on the cake? The winner of the top accolade, British Hairdresser of the Year, was awarded to Sally Brooks, the first woman to win it since 2005!

Schwarzkopf Professional’s general manager, Stuart Hamid said: “It was an amazing night, full of incredible talent and creativity. It truly was a celebration of hairdressing and outstanding collections! Congratulations to Sally Brooks, our British Hairdresser of the Year 2017 – a well-deserved win!”

HAIR Magazine congratulates all the winners….

British Hairdresser of the Year: Sally Brooks, Brooks & Brooks,


Afro Hairdresser of the Year: Charlotte Mensah, Hair Lounge


Artistic Team of the Year: RUSH Hair, London

Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year: Emmanuel Esteban, Anne Veck

Salons, Oxford

Schwarzkopf Professional British Colour Technician of the Year:

Robert Eaton, Russell Eaton, Leeds

Men’s Hairdresser of the Year: Terri Kay and Andrea Giles, Mark

Leeson, Mansfield

Newcomer of the Year: Olivia Nevill, Ashley Gamble, Shifnal

Eastern Hairdresser of the Year: Joseph I’Anson and Lisa Graham,

Mark Leeson, Mansfield

London Hairdresser of the Year: Indira Schauwecker, TONI&GUY

Bedford Street, London

Midlands Hairdresser of the Year: Shaun Hall, Mark Leeson,


North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year: Isobel Eaton, Russell Eaton,


North Western Hairdresser of the Year: Daniel Couch and Ashleigh

Maybank, Russell Eaton, Leeds

Northern Ireland Hairdresser of the Year: Julie Cherry and Colette

Fitzpatrick, Shane Bennett Salon, Lisburn

Scottish Hairdresser of the Year: Suzie McGill & Dylan Brittain,

Rainbow Room International, Glasgow

Southern Hairdresser of the Year: Thomas Hills, TH1 Hair, Oxted

Wales and South West Hairdresser of the Year: Zoe Williams &

Scott Evans, Ken Picton Salon, Cardiff