Two stylists from Guy Christian hair salon in Cardiff have been shortlisted for three top awards at HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards 2022. James has reached the finals in the Newcomer of the Year category and Brandon has finalised for Afro Hairdresser of the Year as well as shortlisted for the coveted regional award, Wales and Southwest Hairdresser of the Year.
Now in their 38th year, the awards are an annual celebration of hairdressing excellence, recognising the remarkable achievements of stylists from across the United Kingdom. Regional categories honour the finest hairdressing talent from across Britain with a separate category for International Collection of the Year, while seven specialist categories reward specific areas of hair expertise including Afro, Men’s, Avant Garde and Colour. The most anticipated award of the evening – British Hairdresser of the Year* – is by nomination only and is widely regarded as the industry’s greatest accolade.
Judged anonymously by over 100 leading hairdressers (including celebrity stylists, session stylists, salon owners, previous winners and Hall of Fame** members), all winners will be announced at a Black-Tie event to be held on Monday 28th November at Grosvenor House, a J W Marriott Hotel on London’s Park Lane.
The stylists submitted four photographic per category demonstrating the breadth of their hairdressing expertise, showcasing evidence of both technical skill and creative ability. They will now submit a further four images for the final round of judging, which takes place in September. Both stages of judging are strictly and independently audited and verified.
‘This is such a proud moment for us’ says Brandon. ‘These awards always bring together such exceptional talent and to see our salon and our names alongside those shortlisted is mind-blowing.’
James adds, ‘We’d love to bring a trophy back to Cardiff and hope the judges will recognise the love and hard work that has gone into our collections.’
Jayne Lewis-Orr, Executive Director of HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards said: ‘Every year, HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards serve as a reminder of the passion, artistry and expertise that this incredible industry has to offer, and it is a privilege to celebrate the talent and brilliance of creative individuals from across the country. In reaching the finals, James and Brandon have demonstrated excellence in all areas of hairdressing, and an ability to bring together the magical elements that make a photographic collection stand out from the competition.’