HOOKER & YOUNG WIN AT BRITISH HAIRDRESSING AWARDS

Hooker & Young won the coveted title of Schwarzkopf Professional Colour Technician of the Year at HJ’s renowned British Hairdressing Awards 2019...

Sophie Gibson and Jonathan Turner from Newcastle were named the UK’s best colour experts! The colourists from Hooker & Young won the coveted title of Schwarzkopf Professional Colour Technician of the Year at HJ’s renowned British Hairdressing Awards 2019, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional.

Sophie and Jonathan beat five other category finalists in the national awards, dubbed the ‘Oscars’ of the hair world, to claim the accolade of being the country’s leading and most inspiring hair colourist.

The sought-after title of Schwarzkopf Professional Colour Technician of the Year recognises the phenomenal skill of the people at the top of their industry who masterfully combine stunning colour tones and artistic concepts, while making hair designs beautifully wearable at the same time.

Going through vigorous judging before being rewarded for their skill, Sophie and Jonathan were required to submit a collection of eight images and this photographic work was judged twice by a panel of hairdressing legends, leading national beauty press, and Hall of Fame members (those who have won the same British Hairdressing Awards category on three occasions).

The colour experts received the coveted title at the Grosvenor House, a J W Marriott Hotel in London in front of a 1,750 strong audience of hairdressing peers, influencers and press. Celebrity host for the evening was TV personality Rylan Clark-Neal, who was joined by Hairdressers Journal International’s Executive Director, Jayne Lewis-Orr and Schwarzkopf Professional’s General Manager Julian Crane.

Now in their 34thyear, HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards celebrate the people producing the very best hairdressing work across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Sophie and Jonathan’s prize was one of 18 trophy wins on the night in a line-up of ten regional and eight specialist awards, including two new categories of International Collection of the Year and Trend Image of the Year.

The ultimate accolade of British Hairdresser of the Year was won by Leeds stylist Robert Eaton from Russell Eaton Hair. After the dazzling ceremony guests were treated to a performance by The Hoosiers with their hits Goodbye Mr A and Something About Ray.

Commenting on the win, Jayne Lewis-Orr, Executive Director of HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards said; “Sophie and Jonathan’srecognition as the country’s top hair colourists is thanks to an incredible collection of work showcasing technical and creative colour prowess. The beautiful shades and colour design captivated the imagination of the industry’s colour experts and they thoroughly deserve the trophy. Warmest congratulations to both of them for demonstrating such fantastic technical dexterity, and for being such great ambassadors for British hairdressing.”

Delighted to win Jonathan said: “I don’t even know what to say I’m so shocked! I’ve heard people say surround yourself with good people and great things happen and that proved itself true tonight! We have the best mentors in Gary Hooker and Michael Young. Michael even shot the photos for our winning collection this year. This is for him! We’re so, so proud.

Sophie added: “Thank you to the whole Hooker & Young team who are a massive inspiration. I can’t believe it! We’re so grateful and it means so much to us.”

“Sponsoring HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards is an enormous privilege,” says Julian Crane, Schwarzkopf Professional General Manager UK and Ireland.

“We are delighted to join with Hairdressers Journal International to recognise the very best in UK hair talent. Hairdressing is an industry of endless creativity and the breadth of ideas in this year’s awards was outstanding. I am absolutely delighted for the winners and they should be so proud of how they represent the pinnacle of skill in our industry.”

The British Hairdressing Awards have launched the careers of a host of household names: from John Frieda and Nicky Clarke, to TV stylists Lisa Shepherd and Andrew Barton.


The British Hairdressing Awards took place on 25thNovember 2019 at the Grosvenor House, a J W Marriott HotelHotel, Park Lane, London. For further details please visit hji.co.uk/bha

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