GLAMOUR, style and general gorgeousness were the orders of the night as hundreds of stylists, beauticians and hairdressers made the fifth News Hair and Beauty Awards the best yet.
The annual event returned on Saturday night at Portsmouth Guildhall and saw 14 winners in categories from Apprentice of the Year up to Lifetime Achievement.
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Winner of the most prestigious award - the Lifetime Achievement category - was Lisa Andrews from L.A. Barbers in Cosham and Widley.
Lisa, from North End, was overwhelmed to win the award after being nominated by her staff at her two salons.
We have worked so hard to be different and to break the industry. I feel like we have finally done that with these awards.Joshua Carroll-Smith, 27, of Library Barbers Club of Southsea
Her night was made even more special as her team was voted by readers of The News as the best in Portsmouth in the Readers’ Choice category.
Lisa, 43, said: ‘I am absolutely speechless. It is amazing.
‘I have been doing this for 25 years and I feel like it is my passion.
‘But it’s not just me, it’s my team. Everyone who works for me works so hard.’
Scooping the Salon of the Year award was a lively bunch of lads from the Library Barbers Club of Southsea.
Barbers Josh Sawyer and Ryan Searle from the salon also had success in the Barber of the Year category, coming winner and runner-up.
Owner Joshua Carroll-Smith, 27, said: ‘We have worked so hard to be different and to break the industry. I feel like we have finally done that with these awards’
Thirteen of the categories had been judged by top names in the hair and beauty industry in Portsmouth and there were plenty of recognisable faces at the event.
Tony Wood, from Tony Wood Hairdressing in Southsea, was there with his team. He said: ‘This year has been outstanding. The atmosphere was really brilliant. It makes you feel proud when you look around and see how much these awards mean to everyone.’
The night was presented by TV hair and beauty expert Gina Aker, who is a presenter on ITV’s This Morning and BBC1’s Fake Britain.
She said she was inspired to see such a passionate hair and beauty industry in Portsmouth.
Gina added: ‘I’m so honoured to be involved with something so amazing. It’s brilliant to work with people in the hair and beauty industry and they deserve the utmost recognition.
‘The public don’t realise how hard individuals, salon owners and teams collectively work in the hair and beauty industry.’