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2020 British Hairdressing Awards Winners Announced

BHAs British Hairdressing Awards 2020 Winners
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Breaking News: Here Are The 2020 British Hairdressing Awards Winners

This past year, we may have traded in live awards shows for socially distant, virtual gatherings—but this didn’t stop the best of British hairdressing talent from celebrating HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards 2020—digitally, of course! The annual program, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional and hosted by Hairdressers Journal International, just announced this year’s winning collection, including the prestigious British Hairdresser of the Year award!


Hairdressers Around The World Tuned In To Watch The Digital Awards Show

The BHAs celebrate the talent creating top hairdressing work across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. For the first time in its 36-year history, the awards show went digital. Finalists were each given ‘tickets’ for their very own virtual room where they could watch and celebrate with their teams, friends and family while the industry and clients could also show their support by tuning in to a live stream of the event which was hosted by television personality Rylan Clark-Neal on the Hairdressers Journal International Facebook page.


BHAs British Hairdressing Awards 2020 Winners
Host Rylan Clark-Neal and HJ’s Jayne Lewis-Orr.


British Hairdresser Of The Year 2020

Winning the ultimate accolade of the night was Sally Brooks, co-owner of Brooks & Brooks Hair in London, who was announced British Hairdresser of the Year 2020. Her winning collection, ‘2020 WTF’ was styled on hairdresser doll heads and was Sally’s way of proving that hairdressers can find a new way of working, creating something that is creative and unique, no matter what comes their way.


“I’m so shocked. We’ve just proved as an industry how resilient we are,” shared Sally. “I don’t think this award should have my name on it, it should have hairdressers everywhere on it—Hairdressers United!


“Thank you to my photographer friend Jenny Hands and to my team who are so supportive. A massive thank you to Jamie Brooks for supporting my ideas,” said Sally. “We’re all really good friends, and everyone pulled it out of the bag this year. HJ and Schwarzkopf Professional you have done an incredible job. Congratulations to everyone tonight—everyone deserves this award.”


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Sally Brooks British Hairdresser Of The Year 2020
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Hall Of Fame Welcomes New Members

Two hairdressers, Mark Leeson from Mark Leeson Salon in Nottingham and Martin Crean from MODE Hair in Gloucestershire were welcomed into the prestigious British Hairdressing Awards Hall of Fame for three previous wins in the same category. The new inductees also secured two awards each for their salon teams.


From Mark Leeson, stylists Lisa Graham and Joseph I’Anson, were crowned Eastern Hairdresser of the Year and Andrea Giles and Terri Kay won the Men’s Hairdresser of the Year category. MODE’s creative team gained the top spot for Artistic Team of The Year and the salon’s rising star Kate Drury was awarded Newcomer of the Year.


More About This Year’s BHA Awards Program

Talent was recognized across 18 categories, covering both regional and specialist collections including men’s, avant garde and afro. “This year’s British Hairdressing Awards will certainly go down in history as one of the most challenging but rewarding events we’ve ever organized,” said HJ Executive Director Jayne Lewis-Orr. “The fighting spirit of the hair community shone through, despite not being together in person, and the reception from our virtual viewers was truly uplifting. I’m so pleased we had this opportunity to share the achievements of these truly outstanding stylists with all their supporters near and far. I would like to extend a huge congratulations to all the winners.”


“Sponsoring HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards is a great privilege,” says Julian Crane, Schwarzkopf Professional General Manager UK and Ireland. “In a record year for entries, showcasing the highest calibre of hair work, we have been extremely impressed at the outstanding application of creative techniques. The awards are a true celebration of our industry and it is an honor to join Hairdressers Journal International in recognizing the very best of UK and International hair talent.”


Entrants to the awards submitted a series of images demonstrating their technical hairdressing dexterity and creative vision. Finalists were then judged by a panel of top hairdressers and members of the British Hairdressing Awards Hall of Fame.


See The Full List Of Winners Below!


Specialist Category Winners 2020:


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


Afro Hairdresser of the Year: Rick Roberts, Rick Roberts Salon                    


Artistic Team of the Year: MODE Artistic Team, MODE Hair                


Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year: Sylvestre Finold, Metropolis Hairdressing


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


Newcomer of the Year: Kate Drury, MODE Hair              


Schwarzkopf Professional British Colour Technician of the Year: Clayde Baumann, D&J Ambrose


Trend Image of the Year: Sharon Malcolm, Sharon Malcolm Hairdressing


Regional Winners 2020:


Eastern Hairdresser of the Year: Lisa Graham & Joseph I’Anson, Mark Leeson


London Hairdresser of the Year: Daniele De Angelis, TONI&GUY Shoreditch


Midlands Hairdresser of the Year: Nick Malenko, Royston Blythe      


North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year: Jonathan Turner, Hooker + Young 


North Western Hairdresser of the Year: Marcello Moccia & Karen Perry, Room 97 Creative


Northern Ireland Hairdresser of the Year: Julie Cherry, Shane Bennett Salon


Scottish Hairdresser of the Year: Dylan Brittain, Rainbow Room International       


Southern Hairdresser of the Year: Thomas Hills, TH1 Hair      


Wales & South West Hairdresser of the Year: Craig Chapman, Craig Chapman Salon


International Collection of the Year: Silas Tsang, Blushes