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Akin Konizi wins British Hairdresser of the Year

British hairdressers sneeze and the global industry catches a cold. They are the head of the hairdressing hierarchy, and at the top sits Vidal Sassoon, Angelo Seminara and Trevor Sorbie among others.

Some may not like to admit it, but many an AHFA and Hair Expo collection is laced with snippets of symmetry, shades of blonde and undercut features from previous British Hairdressing collections – or inspired, if you like. The people creating them are the business of the business, and the British Hairdressing Awards gathers their vision followed by their presence for the most coveted hair awards ceremony in the world. It’s interesting to ponder how much of this dedication and reputation for innovative hair design is ode to Vidal Sassoon and the standard he set for UK hairdressers.

“British Hairdressing is renowned throughout the world for its creativity and innovation, and with the British Hairdressing Awards we continue to recognise, reward and celebrate the best of British,” said Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Hairdressers Journal International; Jayne Lewis-Orr.

The Milan Fashion Week of hair and this year held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, a JW Marriot Hotel in London’s Park Lane, the British Hairdressing Awards unveils the next major movements in hair cut, style and colour trends, and this year Akin Konizi submitted the finest interpretation – stepping up once again as British Hairdresser of the Year.

British Hairdresser of the Year 2011 Akin Konizi (centre)

“I couldn’t believe it when my name was called out. I was overwhelmed and delighted – winning the title is a dream come true,” said Akin.

“The standard of entries in all categories this year was incredible and the judges had a really difficult job,” said Jayne.

Akin joins just 15 hairdressers in acclaiming the title over the past 27 years. They are – Trevor Sorbie, Anthony Mascolo, Irvine and Rita Rusk, John Frieda, Andrew Collinge, Nicky Clarke, Charles Worthington, Umberto Giannini, Beverly C, Mark Hill, Antoinette Beenders, Lisa Shepherd, Andrew Barton and Angelo Seminara.

The Winners of the 2011 British Hairdressing Awards

HJ’s British Hairdresser of the Year 2011 – Akin Konizi, HOB Salons

Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year – Indira Schauwecker, Toni & Guy, London

Men’s Hairdresser of the Year – Jamie Stevens, Errol Douglas Salon, London

Afro Hairdresser of the Year – Junior Green, Junior Green Hair and Beauty, London

Artistic Team of the Year – HOB Salons

Newcomer of the Year – Jasmine Redstone, RUSH Hair, Croydon

Schwarzkopf Professional British Colour Technician of the Year – Christel Lundqvist, HOB Salons, London

London Hairdresser of the Year – Richard Mannah, Toni & Guy

Southern Hairdresser of the Year – Bruno Marc Giamattei, Marc Antoni, Henley-on-Thames

Eastern Hairdresser of the Year – Terri Kay, Mark Leeson Hair Body & Mind, Mansfield

Midlands Hairdresser of the Year – Sean Tetlow, The Colour Room, Stockport

North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year – Julian Holland, The Mark Hill Salon, Kirk Ella

North Western Hairdresser of the Year – Marcello Moccia, Room 97 Creative Hairdressing, Wakefield

Wales & South West Hairdresser of the Year – Ken Picton, Ken Picton, Cardiff Bay

Scottish Hairdresser of the Year – Suzie McGill, Rainbow Room International, Uddingston

Northern Ireland Hairdresser of the Year – Kevin Kahan, Kevin Kahan, Bangor

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