Multi-award winning Mermaid Quay business Ken Picton Salon landed the Wales & South West Hairdresser of the Year award last night at a star-studded ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House, hosted by Cat Deeley, alongside HJ’s executive director, Jayne Lewis-Orr. More than 1,500 of the top hairdressing talent from across the country attended the awards, which is a celebration of the most creative and technically gifted hairstylists in Britain.
This is the fifth time the salon has bagged this particular accolade; salon owner Ken was responsible for the first 3 awards before becoming the first and only Welshman to be inducted into the Hall of Fame for 3 category wins. This year’s winning collection came from Art Director Zoe Williams & Salon Director Scott Evans, who said: “To win this award is incredible and we can’t believe it! A massive, massive thanks to Ken Picton for believing in us and giving us this opportunity. We love you!”
Zoe says, “There have already been so many high points in my career so far at Ken Picton, but winning this is a dream come true! I’m very proud of the work we’ve produced and so happy to be representing our region.” Scott says, “A British Hairdressing Award is something I’ve had my eye on and worked towards for a long time so I’m so happy to have won.”
Each entrant must submit a series of images demonstrating not only their technical dexterity, but also their creative vision and comprehension of current trends. Looks must be wearable and beautiful, as well as pushing the boundaries and limitations of hairdressing to showcase the pinnacle of a hairstylist’s creativity. Finalists are then judged, twice, by a panel consisting of hairdressing legends, leading national beauty press and past winners of the awards who have since joined the British Hairdressing Awards Hall of Fame.
HJ’s executive director, Jayne Lewis-Orr, said: “Congratulations to Zoe and Scott; this collection is truly exceptional and demonstrates not just technical skill, but creative vision and consumer awareness too. The awards remain true to the original objective – to promote the professionalism and leading vision of British hairdressing, and importantly to celebrate its contribution to the wider world. This year more than ever, we encouraged entrants to produce work that’s aspirational and wearable, to really unify the bonds between creative hairdressing and the fact that this industry contributes £7bn to the national economy and employs 500,000 nationwide. Now that’s something amazing to celebrate!”