Couple hope their split salon will take top spot in The News Hair and Beauty Awards

HIGH HOPES Standing from left, style director Yasmin Leigh and junior apprentice Amy Cowdery-Cambridge, seated, owner and manager Rachel Hardy and assistant manager Marcus Mihell. Picture: Sarah Standing (150821-9399)

HIGH HOPES Standing from left, style director Yasmin Leigh and junior apprentice Amy Cowdery-Cambridge, seated, owner and manager Rachel Hardy and assistant manager Marcus Mihell. Picture: Sarah Standing (150821-9399)

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DYNAMIC duo David Bevan and Rachel Hardy are hoping that their salon will be enough to clinch a top spot in this year’s hair and beauty awards.

The News’ awards recognise talent in the hair and beauty industry and return on July 4 at Portsmouth Guildhall with a glamorous ceremony.

Now David and Rachel are hoping their Portsmouth salon has enough va-va-voom to win.

David, 31, said: ‘We have followed the awards over the years and we think it’s a great way – especially for new salons like ours – to come to the forefront and to be able to showcase what they are all about.’

Their salon, Hardysalon at Charter House in Lord Montgomery Way, opened six months ago and the couple have been delighted to see their concept take off.

It was their first joint business venture, after Rachel worked for 12 years at Crew in Portsmouth and then spent three years building up her own business working as a mobile stylist.

David looks after the business side of things, while Rachel, 30, takes care of the front of house.

Hardysalon is a boutique salon with a separate salon called Bouffant Inc in the basement offering a party atmosphere.

David, who lives in Baffins with fiancée Rachel, said: ‘Our salon is split into two concepts on two floors.

‘There’s the salon on the first floor and then the blowdry bar in the basement where it’s all about girls on the town going out for the night and having a great time.

‘Everyone has picked up on the concept and they all really like it. It is more of an innovation and experience than anything else.’

The business employs three senior stylists – of which Rachel is one – and an apprentice who has just finished training at HaHa Academy in North End.

There are 13 categories in The News’ Hair and Beauty awards – from trainees to lifetime achievement. Entries must be received by Friday, May 15.

A panel of expert judges will assess the entries and the winners will be announced at the ceremony.

To get an application form e-mail hairandbeautyawards@thenews.co.uk.

For more go to jpsouthevents.co.uk.

For a full list of the categories see The News today

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