Master Colourists, Guildford, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Southern Hairdresser of the Year title at HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional.

The awards – now in their 37th year – are a celebration of hairdressing excellence, recognising the outstanding creative and technical abilities of stylists from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Categories acknowledge the best hairdressers from nine British regions, as well as standout talent in seven specialist categories including Afro, Men’s, Avant Garde and Colour Technician. The biggest award of the event – British Hairdresser of the Year* – is by nomination only and widely regarded as the greatest accolade in the industry.

Judged anonymously by over 100 leading hairdressers (including celebrity stylists, session stylists, salon owners, previous winners and Hall of Fame** members), winners will be announced at a Black-Tie ceremony on Monday 29th November at Grosvenor House, a J W Marriott Hotel in London’s Park Lane.

Master Colourists was selected as one of just six finalists in the region, after submitting four photographic images demonstrating their hairdressing expertise, both in terms of technical skill and creative ability. Master Colourists are now required to submit a further two images for the final round of judging, which takes place in October. Both stages of judging are independently audited and verified.

Steve Gould, Master Colourists CEO, said, ‘We’re delighted to be a finalist. It’s such an honour to be shortlisted alongside such incredible talent. I’m confident that our photographic collection showcases the team’s skillset and imagination and I really hope to bring the trophy home to Guildford.’

Jayne Lewis-Orr, Executive Director of HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards said: ‘These awards recognise the very best of British hairdressing talent, celebrating the passion, artistry and expertise of individuals from across the country. In reaching the finals, Master Colourists has demonstrated that they have accomplished and gifted stylists with an impeccable eye for detail. Every year, this competition gets tougher as the standard of entries improves and Master Colourists should feel incredibly proud to be recognised at this level.’

Schwarzkopf Professional has been the sole sponsor of the event since its launch in 1985. Julian Crane, General Manager for Henkel Beauty Care Professional UK & Ireland, says: ‘Schwarzkopf Professional is honoured to once again be sponsoring this seminal event which recognises the most exciting talent in a remarkable industry. The opportunity to celebrate stylists from all four corners of the country feels more important than ever and our finalists should be admired for their resilience and for continuing to inspire, create and unite in the most challenging of times.’