The 36th British Hairdressing Awards 2020 celebrated virtually overnight, awarding winners in a host of categories and recognising the best in British hair. Sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional and operated by the Hairdressers Journal International, the ceremony was a bright spark in a challenging year, as a chance to unite and celebrate inspiring global artistry.

“2020 has been a year like no other. The pandemic has meant that salons have been closed for many months and we’re still dealing with the challenges it presents. Yet despite these difficult times, the hair industry has demonstrated yet again just how resourceful, creative and resilient it is. Tonight, is all about continuing that positivity as we join to celebrate the industry’s talent,” HJ’s executive director Jayne Lewis-Orr said during her opening speech.

“One good thing that has happened this year is that hairdressing has jumped up in the public consciousness, both economically and in terms of the impact it has on the lives of the general public,” added Mark Moloney, managing director of the Professional Beauty Group. “These awards epitomise the industry’s passion excellence. Thank you to Schwarzkopf Professional and the HJ team for your steadfast support in making tonight happen and well done to all nominees and finalists.”

British TV presenter Rylan-Clark Neal hosted the evening, and an official BHA20 playlist was created to elevate the party atmosphere through the virtual format.

“I’m delighted to be here in our 36th year of sponsorship, albeit a very different year. It’s been a hell of a year for the industry, but it’s only right that we carried on with this event,” said Schwarzkopf Professional’s UK and Ireland general manager Julian Crane.

The pinnacle title of British Hairdresser of the Year was awarded to famed editorial hairdresser Sally Brooks of Brooks & Brooks for the third time. Winners were named in categories ranging from regional locale to Avant Garde hair, artistic teams, colour, men’s hair and more, while Mark Leeson at Mark Leeson Salons and Martin Crean at Mode were inducted into the Hall of Fame.

“I’m so shocked. We’ve just proved as an industry how resilient we are. I don’t think this award should have my name on it, it should have hairdressers everywhere on it – Hairdressers United! Thank you to my photographer friend Jenny Hands and to my team who are so supportive. A massive thank you to Jamie Brooks for supporting my ideas. We’re all really good friends, and everyone pulled it out of the bag this year. HJ and Schwarzkopf Professional you have done an incredible job tonight. Congratulations to everyone tonight – everyone deserves this award,” Sally enthused.

Congratulations to all the winners, listed below.

Midlands Hairdresser of the Year

Nick Malenko, Royston Blythe
North Western Hairdresser of the Year
Marcello Moccia & Karen Perry, Room 97 Creative
Northern Ireland Hairdresser of the Year
Julie Cherry, Shane Bennet Salon
Scottish Hairdresser of the Year
Dylan Brittain, Rainbow Room International
North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year
Jonathan Turner, Hooker + Young
Southern Hairdresser of the Year
Thomas Hills, TH1 Hair
Wales & South West Hairdresser of the Year
Craig Chapman, Craig Chapman Salon
Eastern Hairdresser of the Year
Lisa Graham & Joseph I’Anson, Mark Leeson
London Hairdresser of the Year
Daniele De Angelis, TONI&GUY Shoreditch
International Collection of the Year
Silas Tsang, Blushes, Canada

Trend Image of the Year

Sharon Malcolm, Sharon Malcolm Hairdressing
Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year
Sylvestre Finold, Metropolis Hairdressing
Men’s Hairdresser of the Year
Andrea Giles & Terri Kay, Mark Leeson
Afro Hairdresser of the Year
Rick Roberts, Rick Roberts
Newcomer of the Year
Kate Drury, Mode
Artistic Team of the Year
Mode Artistic Team
Schwarzkopf Professional British Colour Technician of the Year
Clayde Baumann, D&J Ambrose