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HJ 2011 British Hairdressing Awards are open

It’s official!  The 27th annual Hairdresser’s Journal

2011 British Hairdressing Awards,

sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional, have launched!


There’s no better way to make a name for yourself in the beauty industry than to enter one of the many respected competitions, awards or events.  Even if you’re not lucky enough to win, the publicity surrounding these events ensure that your name will be promoted throughout the industry, and your work will be seen by some of the biggest names in the business –
and, most likely,  published.
Hairdresser’s Journal’s British Hairdressing Awards 2011, sponsored by Schwarzopf Professional

Who can enter?
All qualified hairdressers who have been working in the UK for a minimum of three years; with the exception of Newcomer of the Year, where entrants should be 25 years and under, with a regular column in the salon.
What are the details?
For initial entry, submit four photographs created in the past 12 months, which depict current trends in a creative and inspirational way. Call the number below or visit for more details, as specific requirements for each category vary.
What is the prize?
A trophy, PR support, and a prestigious title from the ‘Oscars’ of the hairdressing industry.
Where can I get the information?
Call 020 8652 8845 or go to
If you’re in the area, Download Entry Form here.

Angelo Seminara, one of my favorite & inspiring hairdressers, won British Hairdresser of the Year 2007 &  2010

Here’s one of his looks from last years competition.

Each year, hundreds of hairdressers from all over the UK dedicate months of hard work preparing their entries.

There are 15 categories to enter, which include a variety of disciplines, regional and specialist categories:


Artistic Team

Avant Garde



Colour Technician

and the most prestigious award – British Hairdresser of the Year.

Take an hour and look through last year’s winners & entries.

Even the newcomers category will blow you away.  Here’s a sample:

Eastern Hairdresser of the Year
of the Year
London Hairdresser of the Year
London Hairdresser
of the Year
Midlands Hairdresser of the Year
Midlands Hairdresser
of the Year
North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year
North Eastern Hairdresser
of the Year
Northen Ireland Hairdresser of the Year
Northern Ireland Hairdresser
of the Year
North Western Hairdresser of the Year
North Western Hairdresser
of the Year
Scottish Hairdresser of the Year
Scottish Hairdresser
of the Year
Southern Hairdresser of the Year
Southern Hairdresser
of the Year
Wales and South Western Hairdresser of the Year
Wales and
South West Hairdresser
of the Year


Don’t forget to also check out the nominees for 2010

Any  hairdresser can compete with the biggest names in the industry on a level playing field. This competition is based on photographic entries that demonstrate the skills & talents of the entrant. All entries are judged independently by a distinguished panel, with all entries remaining anonymous, and results counted and compiled by an independent firm of auditors.

HJ’s British Hairdresser of the Year is the most prestigious prize in hairdressing. Each year the shortlist is nominated by an anonymous panel of hairdressing experts.  The nominees then create a collection of hairstyle photography that demonstrates their hairdressing skills and submit a CV that proves why they should be the hairdressing ambassador that is the British Hairdresser of the Year.

Competitions like this have significantly raised the bar of hairdressing in general. Let alone British hairdressing!   It’s huge publicity for all who make it in the top tier.  And winners, even if unknown, become overnight sensations.  The most pretigious award of the night – British Hairdresser of the Year – is recognized worldwide.  The winner officially becomes the ambassador for British hairdressing and appears on all forms of media outlets: TV, Radio, Print, Commercials, etc


If you’re in the area, Download Entry Form here.

Closing date for entries is 5pm, Friday 24th June 2011.

The Awards will be announced on Monday 28th November 2011

at Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.


I’m excited to see the results!

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Hairbrained is a social network of Hair Stylists, Salon Owners, and Educators from around the world. All together on one website to bring you the latest in the industry.

Some people compare it to facebook for hairdressers, but in reality it’s more than that.  It’s an amazing resource: Great member blogs, groups and forums which give us tons of insight on equipment, tools and products as well as inspirational photo galleries (my fav) for your viewing pleasure.

Currently has 10,000 members with a new goal of 20,000 (maybe next year)

Here’s a video of Paul Mitchel’s Robert Cromeans (Video by Takashi Kitamura)


If you’re into hair the way I am and haven’t joined hairbrained, go now!

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Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding?  Who is she?  I had no idea until she took the Grammy for best new artist of 2011.  The 26-year-old jazz singer beat Justin Biebre , Drake, Florence+The Machine and Mumford and Sons.

Now I’m all over it!  I’ve looked her up, read her wikipedia entry (which i will mention briefly  later) and made a station on Pandora.  She’s fantastic to hear and see!  The dress she wore was amazing and her hair- LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE it!

No its not cut perfectly round- who knows when the last time she had it cut, but I have to say that’s part of its charm.

Esperanza Spalding,Grammys 2011

Even with that do look how she worked it into an updo!  and that dress, from head to toe  she looks great.  If I had to change anything, I would’ve just made a stronger statement with makeup, strong lips or eyes.

Anyway, back to what she’s really about: music.  Like I said before, I didn’t even know who she was, but am now completely intrigued.

I went to her wiki page immediately and couldn’t believe the things people were “editing” into her entry. Death threats, racial slur and nasty name calling.  I tried to contact the wiki people, but by the time I found the info, it was already corrected.  PHEW! I get why the Beiber’s fans were upset, but this act just shows how childish they are.  I don’t want to blame Justin Beiber fans but its kinda obvious.

I WISH  HER ALL  the successes life can bring and hope that the Grammy’s Best New Artist curse doesn’t  fall upon her.  But on a brighter note, most of the winners have gone onto success.  Look through the past winners.

I’m excited that’s she’s on the scene.  She’ll bring more light to her under appreciated jazz and natural hair!


You can thank her mother for promising her daughter to never let LYE touch that scalp.  She keeps it natural and has a simple routine of washing it once a week and applying natural oils while twisting it to keep it from tangling while it dries.

Esperanza Spalding for Banana Republic

Esperanza Spalding for Banana Republic

Unfortunately she doesn’t cut it often because she feels she “looses”  alot of hair.  Someone needs to tell her that everyone loses, on average , 100-200 hairs a day. and if you only brush and wash it once a week that’s about 500-1,000 hairs.  People with straight hair don’t notice it as much as their curlier friends because sometimes the wind alone blows out those strays (strays in curly hair get “stuck” until they’re brush out).

Regardless, I wish we saw more natural hair on the streets.

It’s beautiful!

She’s beautiful.

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Suburban Rihanna? at the Grammys

Rihanna+Eminem Grammy 2011

Rihanna & Eminem performing "Love The Way You Lie" at the 2011 Grammy Awards in LA

I gotta say- I loved her look- I mean dress – when she performed alongside Eminem( Love the Way You Lie) but what is up with that boring hair?

Is faded crazy red the look now? I missed the memo.  How does she go from a sweet bright red ‘FRO to this boring, suburban mom haircut?  I can tell you for a fact her previous look would’ve been better with her performances at the 2011 Grammy’s.  Especially with her wonder woman-esque outfit she wore later on.

I know that she wears many wigs and pieces which is even MORE reason to go crazier for a performance.  ESPECIALLY THE GRAMMYS! and especially when she’s a multi-performer!  Eyes are obviously going to be on her.

Rihanna's Red 'Fro

During the red carpet she walked down in a see through white dress by Jean-Paul Gaultier,  she wears amazing Chriatian Dior ball gown with Eminem and then an Amazonian Princess inspired outfit with stilettos (wish they were thigh high) with drake and all the while she has THAT hair?  Who is that?  Not the Rihanna we know and love.

She’s always been a showstopper.  Her hair has always managed to find its way into blogs, celebrity trash mags and print alike. Remember the shattered bob  with disconnected pieces through the front? Her amazing red mohawk,  authentically shaved on the sides , no faux-hawk in site? Her classic square bob with heavy fringe?  Her heavy Grey highlighting in black hair?  She should have gone all the way and had it brown with blond highlights and arrived in a crossover.

Hopefully she’ll be back to normal the next time she catches our eyes.

Rihanna (+Drake) performing "What's your Name?"  at the 2011 Grammy's in LA

Rihanna(+Drake) performing "What's your Name?" at the 2011 Grammy's in LA

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