IT’S been a night jam-packed with excitement and emotion as scores of beauticians, stylists and therapists picked up awards at The News’ Hair and Beauty Awards.
Hundreds of people attended the fifth annual ceremony at the Guildhall in Portsmouth tonight.
These awards are a marker for prestige in the hair and beauty industry and our winners are the best of a really competitive industry.Liz Parker, event organiser
And it was a night of glamour, style and elegance as Portsmouth proved it’s just as in vogue as Paris, New York and LA.
Liz Parker, event organiser, said: ‘It was such a cracking night.
‘I can’t believe how well it went, it really was a night to remember.
‘Everyone looked ravishing. I’m so proud of every single person who made our shortlist and even prouder of those who won.
‘These awards are a marker for prestige in the hair and beauty industry and our winners are the best of a really competitive industry.’
There were 14 categories at tonight’s awards.
Pictures and a report from the night will be published in Monday’s The News.
An eight-page pull-out supplement, featuring more pictures and interviews with the winners, will also be published on Tuesday, July 14.
Here is a full list of tonight’s winners:
Hairdresser of the Year
Winner: Andrew Robertson, from Garbo’s Hair, Albert Road, Southsea and London Road, North End
Andrew won last year’s award and has now proven that he can win this year’s. He’s worked in the hair industry for almost 11 years. Andrew’s delicate attention to hair has allowed him to win two years’ worth of awards and make people smile when exiting the salon.
His friendly nature and his effort to achieve the best has led him to become a fantastic hairdresser.
Andrew is an inspiration to other young hairdressers.
Runner-up: Lucy Kirby, from Tony Wood Hairdressing, Castle Road, Southsea
Junior Stylist of the Year
Winner: Naomi Pilcher, from Tony Wood Hairdressing, Castle Road, Southsea
Naomi’s enthusiasm persuaded the judges to make a great decision. Her creativity is that of a painter. She stood out in this competition and stunned many people. There’s no doubt that Naomi is destined to come a long way in her profession.
Her amazing cuts and styles showed that she really does have what it takes to win the Junior Stylist of the Year award.
Runner-up: Megan Rose Slimm, from Green Mango Hair Salon, Ordnance Row, Portsea
Colour Technician of the Year
Winner: Lorna Dent, from Wink, West Street, Fareham
Lorna has worked in the hairdressing industry for 13 years and it was clear to the judges that colouring hair is more than just a job for her.
She’s worked with all different brands of colouring over her career but now uses Kevin Murphy.
Her ability to colour hair in fantastic and spectacular ways has earned her first place in this year’s Colour Technician of the Year competition.
Runner-up: Stephanie Jones, from Diamond Quay Hair and Beauty Lounge, Gosport Road, Fareham
Gents Hairdresser or Barber of the Year
Winner: Josh Sawyer, from The Library Barbers Club of Southsea, Victoria Road South, Southsea
Back in 2013 and 2014, Joshua was shortlisted in this competition. Since then, he has perfected and polished his skills to prove that he is one outstanding hairdresser.
His ability to create any style has allowed him to climb his way up to the top and win an award that he’s been dreaming of having for two years.
His customers have spoken of his fantastic skill and commitment to the job.
Runner-up: Ryan Searle, from The Library Barbers Club of Southsea, Victoria Road South, Southsea
Hair Styling Specialist of the Year
Winner: Kate Eaton from Andrew Price Salon, Northern Parade, Hilsea
Kate’s creativity amazed the judges and it really stood out. Last year she won the Colour Technician of the Year and said that fuelled her inspiration to win another award in a different category.
She has proven that she can do this, showing that not only is she a talented hair colourist, but she’s also a very talented stylist.
Runner-up: Danielle Greenhouse from Pretty B*tch, Fratton Road, Fratton
Beauty Salon of the Year
Winner: Studio 8 at 1000 Lakeside, North Harbour, Portsmouth
Studio 8 was recognised for its extremely wide variety of beauty, holistic and spa treatments available with incredibly friendly staff.
The salon has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. It’s dedication to making people happy by allowing them to unwind and its positive feedback caught the judges’ eye.
Nail Technician of the Year
Winner: Erin Searle from Diamond Quay Hair and Beauty Lounge, Gosport Road, Fareham
Erin qualified as a nail technician in 2006, which she did on top of her full-time office job, but when she had her son in 2011, she began working on more nails.
Since starting work at Diamond Quay in 2014, her skill has flourished. Many of her imaginative designs have been featured in magazines and have won awards in international competitions, which has given her a career of spectacular creativity and amazement from her peers around the world.
Beauty Therapist of the Year
Winner: Rebecca Gibbons from Diamond Quay Hair and Beauty Lounge, Gosport Road, Fareham
The judges chose Rebecca because of her amazing skill. From weddings to catwalks, Rebecca has shown she has what it takes to be the best.
Her fantastic ability to create anything people ask has allowed her to secure first place in this year’s competition. Rebecca had previously been a runner-up in this category for last year’s competition.
Runner-up: Sarah Carter from Tranquility, in Essex Road, Southsea
Cosmetic Therapist of the Year
Winner: Dr Dev Patel from Perfect Skin Solutions, Winter Road, Southsea
Ever since Dr Patel was a young boy, he has always dreamt of having his own practice in Portsmouth, the city he was raised in. His dream came true in June 2014 when he opened Perfect Skin Solutions.
A cosmetic therapist needs to dedicate a lot of time and hard work to their job, and this is exactly what Dr Patel has done. This is clearly shown from his patient satisfaction over the last year. He offers the most cost-effective solutions to his patients and this is one of his specialities.
Apprentice of the Year
Winner: Poppy Tremain from Haha Training Academy, London Road, North End
Although this award was one of the hardest to choose from because of such fantastic entries, Poppy was able to amaze the judges with such high quality of work.
She started Haha Training Academy back in 2013, and has since then made tremendous progress. Her colouring was one of the aspects that stunned the judges the most.
She is loving every minute of her current job, which is working on the shop floor as a graduate junior stylist and hopes to come leaps and bounds throughout her career. Her ability in styling tells us that there is no doubt she will fulfil her hopes.
Runner-up: Joe Farrugia from Razors Edge, London Road, North End
Training Centre of Excellence
Winner: Haha Training Academy, London Road, North End
In 2014, Haha Training Academy was shortlisted for this award. Since then, it has proved to the judges that it can do better and achieve first place.
This year has been fantastic for the academy as it was given a five-star rating by the Good Salon Guide, won first place at the National Hair Federations Finals and got its Level 2 and Level 3 accreditation from the City and Guilds.
After all that, it then earned itself first place for The News’ Training Centre of Excellence Award.
The students’ passion for hair and beauty and their drive to succeed showed the judges that Haha Training Academy was doing a fantastic job at training their students.
Hair Salon of the Year
Winner: The Library Barbers Club of Southsea, Victoria Road South, Southsea
Since opening in 2012, the salon has had some of the best feedback a salon could ever have. It has previously, and still is being, described as ‘a touch of luxury combined with a homely charm’.
The salon provides a traditional escape for the men living in Portsmouth. Its good quality service has allowed the salon to earn first place in this year’s Hair Salon of the Year Award. The salon has come so far that it has branched out and has even started to create its own merchandise.
Runner-up: Wink, West Street, Fareham
Readers’ Choice Award
This award was chosen by readers of The News. Thousands of votes were cast by text, phone and post.
It was a close race, but L.A. Barbers narrowly beat Kate Preston to the title.
Winner: L.A. Barbers, High Street, Cosham
Runner-up: Kate Preston Hair and Beauty, Arundel Drive, Fareham
Winner: Lisa Andrews from L.A. Barbers
This is not the first time our winner has received recognition for her outstanding commitment and personal touch. The salon beat 30 other salons to be named The News’ Barber Shop of the Year last year.
Its owner spoke of her delight at the award, but this time it was her staff and clients that decided that the woman behind this successful business needed some recognition for herself.
Her caring nature and glowing client testimonials really stood out.
She has worked for a quarter of a century in men’s hairdressing and finally realised her dream of having her salon in 2011.