The UK’s happiest industry reveals its brightest stars in the East . An elite group of British hairdressers from all corners of the United Kingdom woke up to the happy news of their finalist status in HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards.
We are delighted to announce that one of these finalists is Northampton’s very own Christian Wiles from Christian Wiles Hairdressing. Already in the last 12 months Christian has scooped awards for best Male Grooming Salon Of The Year at both the Salon Business Awards 2016 and the British Hairdressing Business Awards 2016 , Men’s Stylist Of The Year at The Hair Awards, The Ultimate Stylist 2017 at the highly acclaimed Salon Business Awards and he is now finalist in the prestigious 2017 British Hairdressing Business Awards and British Hairdressing Awards! What an incredible year he is having!
Christian is ecstatic ‘I really couldn’t be any more delighted. The British Hairdressing Awards are such a huge deal and to be selected as a finalist competing against some of the biggest names in the industry is an honour. This recognition is entirely based on my creativity and skill as a hairstylist and colourist and to have such industry legends recognise my talent is magnificent. I really can’t believe what a sensational year it’s become’.
Christian travels the UK inspiring another hairdressing talent in his role on the artistic team for Matrix Professional under the L’oreal Professional umbrella. He is passionate about the Matrix brand and the results that he is able to achieve using their products and thanks them for their continued support.
The British Hairdressing Awards are no small feat with the 2017 awards attracting hundreds of entries which take the form of photographic collections. The 75 first-round judges drawn from industry experts, hairdressing icons from across the globe as well as session stylists to the stars and creative leaders, viewed the UK’s biggest photographic award exhibition display.
Now in its fourth decade, the awards hosted by Hairdressers Journal International and supported since its inception by sole sponsor Schwarzkopf Professional, continue to go from strength-to-strength in its quest to celebrate the most diverse and creative of talents in hairdressing.
Hairdressing is big business in Britain, with more than 40,000 salon businesses contributing more than £7bn to the national economy and employing some 500,000 people nationwide. These awards seek to celebrate the very best of those hairdressers, awarding them for their artistic flair and technical skill.
The Eastern Hairdresser of the Year category seeks to recognise the most inspiring stylists in the region, catapulting the finalists into the upper echelons of the nation’s very best hairdressing talent. A win can well and truly put a stylist on the map, securing their place not just as a creative visionary, but also as a local authority.
Hairdressers Journal International’s Executive Director, Jayne Lewis Orr says: “The awards remain true to the original objective – to promote the professionalism and leading vision of British hairdressing, and importantly to celebrate its contribution to the wider world. I am so proud that we can see the impact that the awards have had on not only our own industry, but also upon partnership industries of model agencies, photographers, clothes stylists and make-up artists and its success is shared by many. This year more than ever, we encouraged entrants to produce work that’s aspirational and wearable, to really unify the bonds between creative hairdressing and the fact that this industry contributes £7bn to the national economy and employs 500,000 nationwide. Now that’s something amazing to celebrate!”
The winners of this and 15 other categories including the prized British Hairdresser of the Year title are all to be announced at The British Hairdressing Awards which takes place at the Grosvenor House Hotel, a J W Marriott Hotel, in London on Monday 27 November. Keep your fingers crossed for us!
Hair: Christian Wiles
Photography: Barry Jeffery
Styling: Kate Jeffery
Jewellery / Body Art: Lisa Jayne Millinery
Make Up: Brooke Stephens