They are the ones that usually work behind the scenes to make people look beautiful.
But on Saturday night, it was the turn of the hardworking stars of the hair and beauty industry to take centre stage.
The News’ Hair and Beauty Awards returned for their sixth year with a spectacular gala dinner and party at Portsmouth Guildhall.
And hundreds of people partied the night away after the winners of 14 categories were announced.
The stand-out winner was Tony Wood Hairdressing in Southsea which, combined with new project the Barbership, won six awards and came runner-up in one.
An elated Tony Wood said: ‘I am over the moon and a little bit tearful.
‘It is not just about me, it’s about the whole team. For all the different awards, from apprentice to hair salon of the year, it just shows that it’s the whole team that has built it and made it a success. I’m chuffed to bits.’
Another important winner was Kate Preston, who won the lifetime achievement category after she was nominated by staff at her Fareham salon.
Kate said: ‘It is unbelievable. The thing that makes it so emotional is that it was my staff who put me up for this award.
‘It makes everything I do worthwhile. They are such a great team so I am absolutely thrilled to win.’
More than 320 people attended the night, which was hosted by TV beauty expert Gina Akers.
Hundreds of entries were received at The News, which were independently judged.
And thousands of votes were cast on Facebook in the newly-launched Readers’ Choice category, which was won by the Barbership with more than 1,200 likes.
The night was made possible by sponsors Haha Training Academy, Changes Clinic, Good Salon Guide, the Alarm People, Kate Preston, Portsmouth Cultural Trust and Geo Heating.
Liz Parker, events organiser, said: ‘It was a truly great night and one that gets bigger and better every year.
‘It is an inspirational evening, watching people get the recognition they deserve.
‘I truly thank the sponsors for their support in making the night such a great one.’
Kim Way, from Changes Clinic of Excellence in North Harbour, who was also one of the judges, said: ‘It is an amazing night. It is a huge buzz, I have never been to another awards night like it.
‘There are some truly great salons here, like Tony Wood and Kate Preston, but also great salons like Green Mango which is leading the way with its eco treatments.
‘The night is so lively and fun and really reflects the industry and its creativity.’
DJ Dan Morton took to the decks after the presentations, before an after party was held at Astoria.
More coverage will follow in this week’s News.
WHO WON WHAT
Junior Stylist of the Year
Winner: Claire French – Tony Wood Hairdressing
Runner-up: Lo Kirk – Head Hairdressing
Colour Technician of the Year
Winner: Yasmin Leigh – Hardysalon
Runner-up: Lydia Wolfe – Tony Wood Hairdressing
Gents Hairdresser/Barber of the Year
Winner: Jamie Martin – The Barbership
Runner-up: Kerry Sexton – Studio 6
Hair Stylist of the Year
Winner: Sam Pullen – Headromance
Runner-up: Lucy Kirby – Tony Wood
Hair Styling Specialist of the Year
Winner: Jayne Freer – Wink
Runner-up: Leanne Madigan – Diamond Quay Hair & Beauty Lounge
Hair Salon of the Year
Winner: Tony Wood Hairdressing
Start-up Salon of the Year
Winner: The Barbership
Beauty Therapist of the Year
Winner: Rebecca Gibbons – Diamond Quay Hair & Beauty
Runner-up: Lucy Bernier -Lucy Bernier Nails and Beauty
Nail Technician of the Year
Winner: Erin Searle – Nails By Erin
Runner-up: Neringa Karvelyte – Naringa Bige
Beauty Salon of the Year
Runner-up: Studio 8
Training Centre of Excellence Award
Winner: Highbury College
Apprentice of the Year
Winner: Tanya Nash – Tony Wood
Runner-up: Ashleigh Hodgkins – Total Look Hairdressing
Winner: Kate Preston
Winner: The Barbership