We have just returned from an awesome trip to London, to attend the Oscars of the hair industry awards, The Creative HEAD Most Wanted and IT List Awards.
Over 750 of the industries best movers and shakers in the UK hair industry gathered at The Printworks London a converted printing factory that now hosts some of the most talked-about DJs on the music scene – and hosted by comedian Luisa Omielan, for a night of shows, music, awards and dancing!!
We were shortlisted in no less that FIVE categories - Most Wanted: Business Thinker for Jenn & Jaye; Colour Expert for Sarah Black; and the prestigious Best Local Salon shortlist. Just to shortlist is an achievement in it’s self - but we were absolutely blown away to come home to Aberdeen with THREE awards!!! Read on for all the deets…….
Most Wanted Awards
Established in 2001 and presented by leading industry magazine Creative HEAD, Most Wanted celebrates the most accomplished individuals, teams and businesses in British and Irish hairdressing. These are hair professionals who are not only pushing boundaries creatively and setting new consumer trends, but breathing life into local high streets and the wider economy with savvy displays of commercial innovation. The winners of Most Wanted are shining examples of why the UK beauty industry made an impressive £28.4 billion* contribution to GDP in 2018.
An impressive group of more than 50 independent judges deliberated over this year’s Most Wanted entries in order to determine the 2019 winners. Experts included Joely Walker, beauty & health director at Grazia, Sonia Haria, beauty director at Telegraph Group, Gemma Bellman, director of Europe at Glossier, session stylists Johnnie Sapong, Ken O’Rourke and Neil Moodie and talent agents from Premier Hair & Make-up, Streeters and The Wall Group.
Best Local Salon
In just a four short years, we are proud as punch to have secured a place among the top 5 per cent of salons in Aberdeen. This award recognises us as a valuable part of the community, hosting regular events to support fellow local businesses, as well as launching loyalty initiatives to reward residents and clients.
It also highlights our consistent efforts to support other local small businesses and our passion for collaboration, such as our lonstanding relationship with Gray’s School of Art – one of the oldest established fine art institutions in Scotland. The judges commended us for our forward-thinking ideas and faultless execution in delivering ventures that rally community spirit.
The IT List
Celebrating an incredible 10 years in 2019, The It List, presented by influential industry magazine Creative HEAD and exclusively sponsored by hairdressing CoolBrand ghd, presents six contemporary titles to hair professionals aged 30 and under who are carving out an exciting future for themselves. The win can be career-changing – previous winners can now be found styling the likes of Kim Kardashian and Jessica Chastain, working on fashion shoots for Vogue and marie claire and collaborating with global brands including Chanel and Celine.
Leading names from hair, fashion and the media judged this year’s It List entries, including designer Louise Gray, Vogue journalist Jessica Bumpus and Cassie Steer, who writes for Sunday Times Style and Stylist. Little Mix’s hairdresser Aaron Carlo, session stylist Anna Cofone, who works with Dua Lipa and Lana Del Rey, and top salon owners Luke Hersheson and Adam Reed also deliberated over the final chosen.
Jenn was crowned the winner of The Entrepreneur - a prestigious title given to someone under the age of thirty who shows excellence in opening, running and growing a business.
The IT Girl
We pledged to do all we could to support other small businesses in the city - and that is something that is still at the heart of our business plan. We think the people of Aberdeen are pretty special and we salute you… so to bring home the BEST LOCAL SALON award, just makes us so happy!!