WITH her very own beauty salons and beauty range, TOWIE star Amy Childs knows her stuff about hair and beauty industry.
Salons across the city will be abuzz with the news that the reality show star will be presenting this year’s The News Hair and Beauty Awards.
Amy shot to fame on smash hit TV program The Only Way Is Essex.
With her glamorous looks and industry knowledge, she will make the perfect presenter for the ceremony.
Amy, 22, said: ‘I’m so excited to be presenting The News Hair and Beauty Awards this year.
‘As a trained beautician, I’m looking forward to honouring my fellow professionals for their hard work and dedication to the industry.’
The News events co-ordinator Sara Allerton said: ‘We’re absolutely thrilled to have Amy coming to the awards.
‘She’s a real inspirational to so many in the industry.
‘She’s such a success at such a young age and we are really looking forward to meeting her.’
Readers can nominate their favourite salons and stylists in The News Hair and Beauty Awards by filling out a voting slip, right.
Salons with the most nominations will be judged by a panel of experts, who will create a shortlist of nominees to be invited to an awards ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in June,
Tracy Mackinnon, manager of Nikki Froud Salon, High Street, Lee-on-the-Solent, said: ‘This year the team are really going for it.
‘The team here find it a challenge – one came first last year and another came second – so there is some real competition. We hope we are at the awards again.’
Stylist Lauren Butler, 18, from Nikki Froud Salon said: ‘The awards are really good. I like Amy as well as I used to watch her on the telly.
‘She’s done well with her salons, she’s well known and she always looks nice. I’m really looking forward to seeing her.’
Salon hopes to scoop award again
THIRD time lucky – that’s what the David Antony hair salon is hoping for in this year’s Hair and Beauty Awards.
The salon in Winter Road, Portsmouth, is up against strong competition this year as The News’ annual awards return to the city for the third year.
Hairdressers in and around Portsmouth have their scissors at the ready and are about to commence battle to be named Salon of the Year.
Readers nominate their favourite stylist or salon on a range of categories, listed right, and the winners are crowned at a glittering award ceremony.
The David Antony salon has won the title Salon of the Year for the past two years and staff hope to secure a hat-trick.
The salon, which has been operating for more than 30 years, also won Colour Technician of the Year in 2011 and 2012.
Owner David Hyde admitted competition this year would be tough as more salons across the city have heard about the awards and are out for nominations.
He said: ‘It would be lovely to win again, but I’m not sure if we will win it three times in a row. I hope we do.
‘There will be a lot of competition this time. Some of our clients have already been asking about the awards. It’s a client-nominated award and we have lovely clients so maybe we will be up there.’
Short-listed nominations will be invited to an awards ceremony in June.
David said: ‘It was such a great night last year. The whole team was there and we turned up in a limo. We all got dressed up and made a real evening of it. I’ve heard this year’s will be bigger and better. We are all really looking forward to it and hope we can be there.’
Nominations will close on May 5. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Hilton Hotel, Eastern Road, on Saturday, June 15.
Junior Stylist of the Year (includes stylists with less than two years experience).
Colour Technician of the Year (minimum two years salon experience)
Gents’/Barber of the Year (minimum two years salon or barber shop experience)
Female Stylist of the Year (minimum two years salon experience)
Best Bridal/Special Occasion (hair up/extensions/hair art)
Hair Salon of the Year (trading more than 18 months)
Best Start-up Salon of the Year (hair or beauty trading 18 months or less)
Beauty Therapist of the Year (beauticians/male & female grooming/tanning etc)
Nail Technician of the Year
(manicures/pedicures/nail art/gel/acrylics etc)
Cosmetic Therapist of the Year (make up/semi-permanent/skin peels/advanced treatments/laser etc)
Beauty Salon of the Year (trading more than 18 months)
Training Centre Excellence Award (hair or beauty - open to colleges/salons/individuals)
Special Achievement (an individual or team who has risen to a challenge or overcome adversity).
Lifetime Achievement Award (special award for someone who has dedicated their life to their profession and encouraged and inspired others along the way).