Last night saw the biggest night in the hairstyling calendar. The British Hairdressing Awards 2012, held in London, featured big stars – host David Walliams, big 'dos and enough hairspray to keep your beehive in place for a year.
Hairdressers from across the UK were recognised in nine regional categories, and a further six specialist categories recognised skills in afro styling, men’s hairdressing and best newcomer, artistic team, avant garde hairstyling, and colouring. And the most anticipated award of the night – British Hairdresser of the Year – is of course saved for last.
For this category each nominated stylist sends designer-clad models out on to the stage sporting the best hairstyle they can create. Not necessarily ones to try at home, the mini-catwalk show featured crimped updos, dramatic crops and plenty of mousse.
In the end Angelo Seminara took the crown, saying, ‘Winning the title is a dream come true.'
Angelo is in good company: previous winners include Trevor Sorbie, John Frieda, Andrew Collinge, Nicky Clarke, Charles Worthington and Umberto Giannini.
Here’s a full list of the winners. If you want to book in with them, expect a long waiting list…
The Winners of the 2012 British Hairdressing Awards
HJ’s British Hairdresser of the Year 2012 – Angelo Seminara
Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year – Indira Schauwecker, Toni & Guy, Covent Garden, London
Men’s Hairdresser of the Year – Tracey Devine, Angels, Aberdeen
Afro Hairdresser of the Year – Craig Chapman, Craig Chapman Hair Design, Launceston, Cornwall
Artistic Team of the Year – Mark Leeson Hair, Body & Mind, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
Newcomer of the Year – Kieran Tudor, D&J Ambrose, Pinner, Middlesex
Schwarzkopf Professional British Colour Technician of the Year – Ken Picton and Paul Dennison, Ken Picton Salon, Cardiff
London Hairdresser of the Year - Tina Farey, The House of Rush, Piccadilly
Southern Hairdresser of the Year - Ryan Nicoletti-Dowd, Wigg, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
Eastern Hairdresser of the Year – Shaun Hall, Mark Leeson Hair, Body & Mind, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
Midlands Hairdresser of the Year – Sarah Bowron and Adrian Bowron, Aesthetics, Solihull, West Midlands
North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year – Marcus King, Hooker & Young, Wynyard, County Durham
North Western Hairdresser of the Year – Gary Taylor, Edward and Co, Brighouse, West Yorkshire
Wales & South West Hairdresser of the Year – Ken Picton, Ken Picton Salon, Cardiff
Scottish Hairdresser of the Year - Kay McIntyre, McIntyres Salons, Dundee
Northern Ireland Hairdresser of the Year – Kevin Kahan, Kevin Kahan, Bangor