Salons triumph at our awards night

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CELEBRITIES mixed with some of Portsmouth’s best hair stylists and beauty workers at The News Hair and Beauty Awards.

Hundreds of people packed Portsmouth Guildhall on Saturday night to see who would be recognised as the best salons and stylists in the area.

Hair Salon of the Year United Salons come up to receive their award from Lee Stafford.'Pic Mick Young'15/06/2013

Hair Salon of the Year United Salons come up to receive their award from Lee Stafford.'Pic Mick Young'15/06/2013

TV star and beauty expert Amy Childs presented the awards, which crowned United Salons as the Salon of the Year.

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Amy said: ‘Shows like this are so amazing to see, everyone has their big eyelashes on and their big hair. It’s a great night.’

Readers of The News texted and wrote to the paper to nominate their favourite salons and stylists, and the winners were picked from the shortlist by a panel of judges who looked at reputation, clients’ comments and the salons answers to the judges’ questions.

Celebrity hairdresser Lee Stafford judged the awards and was in the crowd with his wife Jessica-Jane Clement, who is best known for her role in The Real Hustle.

Lee said: ‘It’s amazing. There’s over 400 people here, it’s absolutely inspiring.

‘It goes to show that hairdressers want to be involved in events like this and it’s brilliant for the industry.’

This is the third year that the awards have been run by The News, and was by far the biggest.

In total 14 awards were handed out to the winners, and 14 runners-up were also recognised, see panel pictured right.

Owner of Salon of the Year, United Salons Tony Wood said: ‘It’s absolutely fantastic. We came so close the last couple of years.

‘To beat all the other salons is what it’s all about and it’s all down to the team and all the hard work they do.’

Ian Henry received a special achievement awards after working in the industry for over 50 years.

Staff from his salon collected the award on his behalf as he was out of the country.

Zoe Paffett from the salon said: ‘Ian is the most amazing boss. He’s the nicest bloke, he’s like our dad.’

Sandra Cadman, from Scissors Hair Studio in Eastney Road, Eastney, received a lifetime achievement award.

She said: ‘I’ve been in the industry since I was 14 years old. All I ever wanted to do was dedicate my life to hairdressing. I feel like I have really achieved something.’

Organiser Sara Allerton said: ‘It is a testament to the local talent that so many clients have taken the time to nominate every salon and stylist. I would like to thank each entry, they really are the creme de la creme.’

After the awards, Fareham band Belle and the beaus took to the stage and the crowd danced the night away.