MOST WANTED 2024

FINALISTS

AWARD FOR INNOVATION

Sponsored by creativeheadmag.com

Ben Barkworth, with FASTFOILS
Naomi Brooks, with The Hair Sanctuary Training Group CIC
Anna Cofone, with HAIR & CARE
Chris Foster, with Salon AUTO.MATE
Nancy Stripe, with Stripe Colour Studio

BEST CLIENT EXPERIENCE

Sponsored by Kérastase

Curated Hair, Thornham
Kitch Hair, London
Neville Hair and Beauty, London
Supply 91, London
Tuckwell & Co, Nottingham

BEST LOCAL SALON

Sponsored by Layered

Craig’s Barber Shop, Bolton
Fusion Hair Co., Laceby
Nashwhite, Warwick
Phoenix Hair, Abergele
The Head Gardener, Inverness

BEST NEW SALON

Sponsored by GLOWWA

Brooks & Brooks, London
Dylan Bradshaw, Dublin
Rawlings & Rawlings, London
Stället, Manchester
Stā Studios, London

BEST SALON TEAM

Sponsored by Salon Smart

bebop, London
Billi Currie, London
Creations Hair Salon, Chichester
Manifesto, London
The Gallery Hairdressing, Tunbridge Wells

BUSINESS THINKER

Sponsored by Vagaro

Samantha Cusick, Samantha Cusick London / Stā Studios
Nuala Morey, Nuala Morey
Lorraine Naughton, OB-1 Hair
Lee Nash-Jones and Rob White, Nashwhite
Graeme Snell, @66 Hair and Lifestyle

COLOUR EXPERT

Sponsored by Wella Professionals

Casey Coleman, CHAIR
Grace Dalgleish
Marlon Hawkins, Brooks & Brooks
Zoë Irwin, John Frieda
Nancy Stripe, Stripe Colour Studio

CREATIVE TALENT

Sponsored by L’Oréal Professionnel Paris

Adriano D’Astolto, Radio
Steph Gamble, Ashley Gamble Hair Salon
Danilo Giangreco, Danilo Hair Boutique
Marlon Hawkins, Brooks & Brooks
Richard Phillipart, The Boutique Atelier

EDUCATION EXPERT

Sponsored by Allilon

Lisa Farrall, WIG London
Siobhan and Philipp Haug, Haug London Haus
Sarah Keane, SLK Education
Laura Leigh Kerr, Rainbow Room International
Anne Veck

HAIR TREND

Sponsored by Redken

Errol Douglas MBE, Errol Douglas
Lisa Farrall, WIG London
Adam Garland
Danilo Giangreco, Danilo Hair Boutique
Giuseppe Manco, Giuseppe Manco

INDEPENDENT STYLIST

Sponsored by Stā Studios

Lauren Bell
Louis Byrne
Laura Chadwick
Adam Garland
Ross Kwan

MEN’S HAIR SPECIALIST

Sponsored by Mr. Q

Chris Foster
Oliver Hill, Max Oliver
Tariq Howes, Avenue Barbers
Joe Mills, Woolf Kings X
Rino Riccio, Manifesto

SESSION STYLIST

Sponsored by BaByliss PRO

Paul Hanlon
Ali Pirzadeh
Luke Pluckrose
Issac Poleon
Eugene Souleiman

SUSTAINABILITY HERO

Sponsored by Paul Mitchell

Heather Baker and Chloe Wilson, Masters of Craft
Samantha Cusick, Stā Studios
Ashleigh Hodges, Mash Creative Studio
Lee Nash-Jones and Rob White, Nashwhite
Lisa Phillips, Ora Hair

TEXTURE EXPERT

Sponsored by Avlon

Errol Douglas MBE, Errol Douglas
Tariq Howes, Avenue Barbers
Richard James, Cyrl Cymru
Claire Martin, Salon 64
Anne Veck

HAIR ICON

Sponsored by JOICO

Sally Brooks, Brooks & Brooks
Efi Davies, TONI&GUY
Errol Douglas MBE, Errol Douglas
Duffy
Gary Gill
Nick Irwin
Zoë Irwin, John Frieda
Adam Reed, ARKIVE by Adam Reed
Cos Sakkas, TONI&GUY
Anthony Turner

IT LIST 2024

GRAND FINAL

The Most Wanted and It List Grand Final heads to a brand-new space in 2024. Beams is a lofty, East London location – currently warming up to welcome an all-star guest list of more than 700 names in hair, beauty, fashion, business and the media, coming together to celebrate the crowning of our 2024 winners. 

MOST WANTED AND IT LIST GRAND FINAL 2024

Monday 2 September
7pm until 1.30am
Beams, London E16 2HB

Tickets on sale Monday 8 July

Single ticket £285 + VAT
Table of 10 £2,750 + VAT
Price includes all food and drink – all night long!

MOST WANTED 2024

ABOUT

Creative HEAD’s Most Wanted Awards

Saluting the most outstanding, progressive, and game-changing talents in British and Irish hairdressing, sponsored by brilliant hairdressing and business brands, and open to the owners and employees of salons, barber shops and other workspaces, as well as self-employed and freelance hair professionals, there are so many opportunities to get involved with this epic competition.

Entries are judged by dozens of experts – including journalists from leading publications, talent scouts from top international agencies, fashion designers, directors of photography and film, entrepreneurs and, of course, the names behind the most accomplished salon businesses. At stake: highly prized Most Wanted trophies, gifts galore and a platform like no other to boost your profile. 

It’s free to enter Most Wanted and there are 16 titles rewarding hairdressing excellence at every level – from setting the bar with exceptional education and making every effort in your business to save the planet, to shining behind the scenes at shoots and shows and blazing a trail as an industry innovator. What’s more, win a Most Wanted category three times, and you become a Most Wanted Legend.

Winners are crowned at a spectacular Grand Final event in London – a night to blow all other hair parties out of the water. Care to join us in 2024?

MOST WANTED 2024

CATEGORIES

AWARD FOR INNOVATION

Rewarding the creation of an original initiative, product or service, benefitting hair professionals and/or the industry at large. 

Category sponsor

Open to all hair professionals, whether employed, self-employed or freelance. 

It is not possible to enter if you are working in-house for a product manufacturer (which is not exclusively your company), even if you are also operating as a hairdresser.  

To enter, you must submit the following: 

Part 1: Innovation overview – EITHER a PDF (up to 8 pages) OR a video (up to 5 minutes) 
Have you launched something new – a product, a service, a new concept – that has benefitted hair pros and/or the industry in general? Whatever you’ve masterminded, let’s hear about it! Introduce your innovation: what it’s called, the inspiration behind it, how it came about, who it benefits and why you consider it to be truly pioneering. Include imagery to illustrate, as relevant.  

Part 2: Endorsements – PDF (up to 4 pages)
Prove your innovation is making a positive impact. Include here testimonials, statistics and any press coverage or other information to demonstrate its success. 

Plus, supporting imagery:

  • An image of you  
  • At least three images illustrating your innovation 


Your PDF must be A4, in either portrait or landscape format. Please combine all parts into one single file, making sure you do not exceed the page numbers stipulated. Feel free to add a front cover page to introduce your entry. Maximum file size 100MB.
Please do not include any embedded video or hyperlinks. 

If you are providing a video, it must be an MP4 file, in either portrait or landscape format. Smartphone footage is fine. Please do not exceed the maximum duration stipulated. Maximum file size 200MB.  

If you finalise, the imagery you provide may be used to promote you within any print, website and social media activity, and at the Grand Final. Please supply good quality, high resolution JPEG or PNG files. Usage rights must be secured ahead of entry. 

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BEST CLIENT EXPERIENCE

Rewarding outstanding customer service.

Category sponsor

Open to hair salons, barber shops and other workspaces regularly providing hairdressing services to clients. 

Single locations only. It is not possible to enter as a group, although individual sites within a group may enter themselves. 

To enter, you must submit the following: 

Part 1: Experience overview – EITHER a PDF (up to 8 pages) OR a video (up to 5 minutes) 
Outline your unique approach to customer service, describing the client journey at every stage – before, during, after and in-between bookings. You may want to talk about your communication processes, your consultations, the food and drink you offer, your chill-out spaces, the tailored appointments you offer clients with special needs – or all of the above! Make sure you cover all the aspects that make your client experience unbeatable and unforgettable. Include imagery to illustrate, as relevant. 

Part 2: Endorsements – PDF (up to 4 pages)
Demonstrate the experience you provide is first-class. Include here testimonials, statistics and any press coverage giving you glowing reviews. 

Plus, supporting imagery: 

  • Imagery of the exterior of the salon/barber shop/workspace (portrait and landscape options, please) 
  • At least three images illustrating the client experience


Your PDF must be A4, in either portrait or landscape format. Please combine all parts into one single file, making sure you do not exceed the page numbers stipulated. Feel free to add a front cover page to introduce your entry. Maximum file size 100MB.
Please do not include any embedded video or hyperlinks. 

If you are providing a video, it must be an MP4 file, in either portrait or landscape format. Smartphone footage is fine. Please do not exceed the maximum duration stipulated. Maximum file size 200MB.  

If you finalise, the imagery you provide may be used to promote you within any print, website and social media activity, and at the Grand Final. Please supply good quality, high resolution JPEG or PNG files. Usage rights must be secured ahead of entry. 

 Discover Kérastase >

 

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BEST LOCAL SALON

Rewarding a salon at the heart of its community. 

Category sponsor

Open to hair salons, barber shops and other workspaces regularly providing hairdressing services to clients.  

To enter, you must submit the following: 

Part 1: Salon overview – EITHER a PDF (up to 8 pages) OR a video (up to 5 minutes) 
Showcase your space and its place within the community. Talk about how you have supported and enriched the local area, ways you have collaborated with neighbouring businesses and why the locals love you! Include imagery to illustrate, as relevant.  

Part 2: Case study – PDF (up to 4 pages)
Provide one detailed example of how you have positively impacted the local community since March 2023. From fundraising drives and litter picks to throwing open your doors during times of adversity, show the judges your power of engagement. Provide information about the success of the activity or initiative, such as testimonials, press coverage and other evidence of achievement. Include imagery to illustrate, as relevant. 

Plus, supporting imagery:  

  • Imagery of the exterior of the salon/barber shop/workspace (portrait and landscape options, please) 
  • At least three images illustrating community-related work  


Your PDF must be A4, in either portrait or landscape format. Please combine all parts into one single file, making sure you do not exceed the page numbers stipulated. Feel free to add a front cover page to introduce your entry. Maximum file size 100MB. Please do not include any embedded video or hyperlinks. 

If you are providing a video, it must be an MP4 file, in either portrait or landscape format. Smartphone footage is fine. Please do not exceed the maximum duration stipulated. Maximum file size 200MB.  

If you finalise, the imagery you provide may be used to promote you within any print, website and social media activity, and at the Grand Final. Please supply good quality, high resolution JPEG or PNG files. Usage rights must be secured ahead of entry. 

 

 

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BEST NEW SALON

Rewarding a new or revamped space with a unique sense of style. 

Category sponsor

Open to salons, barber shops and other workspaces regularly providing hairdressing services to clients and opened/refitted after March 2023.

To enter, you must submit the following: 

Part 1: Design concept – PDF (up to 8 pages)  
Describe your vision for the space – what you wanted to achieve, how you hoped it would serve both clients and team and the design decisions you took to bring your vision to life. From high-spec lighting or head-turning wall art to quirky fixtures and furnishings, make sure you cover all angles, and include imagery to illustrate. Remember to provide location details and launch/relaunch date.  

Part 2: Your space in pictures – EITHER a PDF (up to 8 pages) OR a video (up to 5 minutes) 
Showcase the results! Take the judges on a visual journey through your space, highlighting the elements you’re most proud of, and demonstrating the way your design delivers on style as well as function. Includes captions to give the judges the full picture.  

 Plus, supporting imagery: 

  • Imagery of the exterior of the salon/barber/workspace (portrait and landscape options, please) 
  • Imagery illustrating key design features 


Your PDF must be A4, in either portrait or landscape format. Please combine all parts into one single file, making sure you do not exceed the page numbers stipulated. Feel free to add a front cover page to introduce your entry. Maximum file size 100MB.
Please do not include any embedded video or hyperlinks. 

If you are providing a video, it must be an MP4 file, in either portrait or landscape format. Smartphone footage is fine. Please do not exceed the maximum duration stipulated. Maximum file size 200MB.  

If you finalise, the imagery you provide may be used to promote you within any print, website and social media activity, and at the Grand Final. Please supply good quality, high resolution JPEG or PNG files. Usage rights must be secured ahead of entry. 

Discover GLOWWA >

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BEST SALON TEAM

Rewarding teamwork at its best. 

Category sponsor

Open to teams employed at hair salons and barber shops. 

The team must work at a single location; it is not possible to enter as a team working across multiple sites. 

To enter, you must submit the following: 

Part 1: Team profile – EITHER a PDF (up to 8 pages) OR a video (up to 5 minutes) 
Introduce the crew – talk about who they are, what they do, and how they feel about being part of a top team. Outline the qualities and characteristics that combine to make yours a strong, happy, and effective squad. Include plenty of images showing your team working (as well as playing!) together. 

Part 2: Case study – PDF (up to 4 pages)
Describe in detail one way you have come together as a team to support and enhance business since March 2023. Maybe you collaborated to come up with brilliant new re-booking incentives, or perhaps an employee-to-employee mentoring scheme has resulted in boosted confidence and productivity. Back up with evidence of success and include imagery to illustrate, as relevant. 

Plus, supporting imagery: 

  • Group images of the team (portrait and landscape options, please) 
  • At least three images illustrating teamwork in action  


Your PDF must be A4, in either portrait or landscape format. Please combine all parts into one single file, making sure you do not exceed the page numbers stipulated. Feel free to add a front cover page, to introduce your entry. Maximum file size 100MB.
Please do not include any embedded video or hyperlinks. 

If you are providing a video, it must be an MP4 file, in either portrait or landscape format. Smartphone footage is fine. Please do not exceed the maximum duration stipulated. Maximum file size 200MB.  

If you finalise, the imagery you provide may be used to promote you within any print, website and social media activity, and at the Grand Final. Please supply good quality, high resolution JPEG or PNG files. Usage rights must be secured ahead of entry. 

 

 

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BUSINESS THINKER

Rewarding an owner or a director demonstrating a fresh approach to business. 

Category sponsor

Open to the owners or directors of salons, barber shops and other workspaces regularly providing hairdressing services to clients. 

Duos may enter, providing they jointly own or co-direct the business. 

To enter, you must submit the following: 

Part 1: Business fact file – PDF (up to 4 pages)
Please provide the following information: 

  • Name  
  • Location (if more than one location, please detail) 
  • Ethos  
  • Staffing structure (eg, all employed, part employed/part chair rental, all chair rental) 
  • Number of years under your ownership/directorship 
  • Number of team members 
  • Percentage growth in turnover and profit over the last three years (or since you took on ownership/directorship/launch, if less) 

Part 2: Personal introduction – EITHER a PDF (up to 4 pages) OR a video (up to 3 minutes): 
Talk about the journey you’ve taken to become a business owner or director. Share your work passions and the key strengths and qualities you bring to the task. Outline the ways in which you have made the business the hit it is today, detail how you have achieved a competitive edge in your area and explain how you are planning for continued success. 

Part 3: Case study – PDF (up to 4 pages) 
Describe in detail one initiative implemented since March 2023 that shows you’re building a better business. Perhaps you executed an effective recruitment drive, completed a challenging expansion plan, or revamped the staff structure, improving productivity. Back up with evidence of success and include imagery to illustrate, as relevant. 

Plus, supporting imagery: 

  • An image of you  
  • At least three images representing the business (the space, the team, the services provided, etc) 


Your PDF must be A4, in either portrait or landscape format. Please combine all parts into one single file, making sure you do not exceed the page numbers stipulated. Feel free to add a front cover page to introduce your entry. Maximum file size 100MB.
Please do not include any embedded video or hyperlinks. 

If you are providing a video, it must be an MP4 file, in either portrait or landscape format. Smartphone footage is fine. Please do not exceed the maximum duration stipulated. Maximum file size 200MB.  

If you finalise, the imagery you provide may be used to promote you within any print, website and social media activity, and at the Grand Final. Please supply good quality, high resolution JPEG or PNG files. Usage rights must be secured ahead of entry. 

Discover Vagaro >

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COLOUR EXPERT

Rewarding a colourist demonstrating brilliant skill and vision. 

Category sponsor

Open to all hair professionals, whether employed, self-employed or freelance.  

To enter, you must submit the following:  

Part 1: Personal introduction – EITHER a PDF (up to 4 pages) OR a video (up to 3 minutes) 
Introduce yourself and outline your skills, passions, and achievements in colour. Share details about when and how you trained, your career to date, key strengths, specialisms (e.g., balayage, creative colour, colour correction) and your proudest accomplishments in colour (e.g., award wins, big bookings). Include imagery to illustrate, as relevant. 

Part 2: Case study – PDF (up to 4 pages)
Describe in detail one work project led by you since March 2023 that demonstrates your skill, vision and progressive thinking around colour. Examples could include developing a new colour service/menu, colouring hair for a brand campaign, or delivering technical training on stage or in-salon. Back up with evidence of success and include imagery to illustrate, as relevant.  

Part 3: Your work in pictures – PDF (up to 8 pages) 
Impress the judges with a selection of your finest colour work. You can include individual images alongside full collections, campaign shots and wider projects – everything’s relevant! But choose carefully, to ensure you’re showcasing a broad range of skills, as well as your signature approach to colour. Include a brief explanation for everything that makes the cut. Smartphone imagery is fine.  

Plus, supporting imagery:  

  • An image of you  
  • At least three of the images included within part 3  


Your PDF must be A4, in either portrait or landscape format. Please combine all parts into one single file, making sure you do not exceed the page numbers stipulated. Feel free to add a front cover page to introduce your entry. Maximum file size 100MB.
Please do not include any embedded video or hyperlinks. 

If you are providing a video, it must be an MP4 file, in either portrait or landscape format. Smartphone footage is fine. Please do not exceed the maximum duration stipulated. Maximum file size 200MB.  

If you finalise, the imagery you provide may be used to promote you within any print, website and social media activity, and at the Grand Final. Please supply good quality, high resolution JPEG or PNG files. Usage rights must be secured ahead of entry. 

Discover Wella Professionals >

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CREATIVE TALENT

Rewarding an art director or a senior team member leading the creative direction of the business.

Category sponsor

Open to employed or self-employed hair professionals working exclusively at salons, barber shops and other workspaces regularly providing hairdressing services to clients. 

If you are freelance, you should enter Independent Stylist

To enter, you must submit the following: 

Part 1: Personal introduction – EITHER a PDF (up to 4 pages)) OR a video (up to 3 minutes) 
Introduce yourself and outline your skills, passions, and creative achievements. Talk about your role – how long you’ve held it, key responsibilities and the qualities and strengths you bring to the task. Share details about your overall approach to the work you undertake and the ways your skill and vision are helping the business to grow and/or innovate. Include imagery to illustrate, as relevant. 

Part 2: Case study – PDF (up to 4 pages) 
Describe in detail one instance since March 2023 where you have risen to a creative challenge that has had a positive impact on business. Examples could include something that brought new clients through the door, upskilled the team or boosted retail sales. Back up with evidence of success and include imagery to illustrate, as relevant. 

Part 3: Your work in pictures – PDF (up to 8 pages) 
Impress the judges with a selection of your finest creative work, all undertaken for the business. From in-house collections and marketing campaigns to brand redesigns and press engagements, choose carefully to ensure you’re showcasing both creative skill and commercial awareness. Include a brief explanation for everything that makes the cut.Smartphone photos are fine.   

Plus, supporting imagery: 

  • An image of you  
  • At least three of the images included within part 3


Your PDF must be A4, in either portrait or landscape format. Please combine all parts into one single file, making sure you do not exceed the page numbers stipulated. Feel free to add a front cover page to introduce your entry. Maximum file size 100MB.
Please do not include any embedded video or hyperlinks. 

If you are providing a video, it must be an MP4 file, in either portrait or landscape format. Smartphone footage is fine. Please do not exceed the maximum duration stipulated. Maximum file size 200MB.  

If you finalise, the imagery you provide may be used to promote you within any print, website and social media activity, and at the Grand Final. Please supply good quality, high resolution JPEG or PNG files. Usage rights must be secured ahead of entry. 

Discover L’Oréal Professionnel Paris >

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EDUCATION EXPERT

Rewarding exceptional hairdressing education. 

Category sponsor

Open to all hair professionals – individuals or teams, whether employed, self-employed or freelance, as well as colleges and private academies and providers.  

Not open to educators working in-house for product companies. 

To enter, you must submit the following: 

Part 1: Education summary – EITHER a PDF (up to 8 pages) OR a video (up to 5 minutes) 
Outline the fundamentals and USPs of the education you provide – the concept and formation, the people involved, your goals and why it stands out. Talk about who, where, what and how you teach, and provide information on duration, frequency, pricing, and any follow up support you may offer. Include imagery to illustrate, as relevant. 

Part 2: Endorsements – PDF (up to 4 pages)
Prove your education has a positive impact on the people you teach. Pull together testimonials, statistics, and any other information, since March 2023, to demonstrate great results. 

Plus, supporting imagery: 

  • An image of you/the team of educators  
  • At least three images illustrating the education experience you provide 


Your PDF must be A4, in either portrait or landscape format. Please combine all parts into one single file, making sure you do not exceed the page numbers stipulated. Feel free to add a front cover page to introduce your entry. Maximum file size 100MB. Please do not include any embedded video or hyperlinks.

If you are providing a video, it must be an MP4 file, in either portrait or landscape format. Smartphone footage is fine. Please do not exceed the maximum duration stipulated. Maximum file size 200MB.  

If you finalise, the imagery you provide may be used to promote you within any print, website and social media activity, and at the Grand Final. Please supply good quality, high resolution JPEG or PNG files. Usage rights must be secured ahead of entry. 

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HAIR TREND

Rewarding the best trend-led image of the year.

Category sponsor

Open to all hair professionals, whether employed, self-employed or freelance.  

Maximum of three entries per entrant; variations of the same look will not be accepted. Entries from duos may be considered only in exceptional circumstances – see rules for more details. A maximum of 100 entries will be selected for judging by impartial industry representatives. 

To enter, you must submit the following:

A high-resolution JPEG or PNG image – (up to three per entry) in either portrait or landscape format
Show the judges a hair look that is in demand – or about to boom! Your image should capture a key trend or ‘feeling’ for 2024, but it does not need to be photographed exclusively for Most Wanted, and we don’t mind if it’s already been posted/published. 

Plus, to support your entry: 

  • An image of you  


If you finalise, the imagery you provide may be used to promote you within any print, website and social media activity, and at the Grand Final. Please supply good quality, high resolution JPEG or PNG files. Usage rights must be secured ahead of entry.
 

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INDEPENDENT STYLIST

Rewarding a freelance hair professional with a first-class profile. 

Category sponsor

Open to 100 per cent freelance hair professionals.

To enter, you must submit the following: 

Part 1: Personal profile – EITHER a PDF (up to 8 pages) OR a video (up to 5 minutes) Introduce yourself and outline your skills, passions, specialisms and achievements as an independent hair professional. Provide information about your freelance career to date – when it began, who you’ve worked with and for, the kind of projects you are booking and the ways you are building networks and finding future work opportunities. Include imagery to illustrate, as relevant. 

Part 2: 2x case studies – PDF (up to 8 pages)  
Describe in detail two freelance projects successfully completed by you since March 2023, which demonstrate the calibre and variety of your work and prove you are a covetable solo commodity. Examples could include hosting a training programme, producing hair looks for a film or music video, or collaborating with a brand for a new campaign or product launch. Back up with evidence of success and include imagery to illustrate, as relevant. 

Plus, supporting imagery: 

  • An image of you  
  • At least three images illustrating your freelance work/projects 


Your PDF must be A4, in either portrait or landscape format. Please combine all parts into one single file, making sure you do not exceed the page numbers stipulated. Feel free to add a front cover page to introduce your entry. Maximum file size 100MB.
Please do not include any embedded video or hyperlinks. 

If you are providing a video, it must be an MP4 file, in either portrait or landscape format. Smartphone footage is fine. Please do not exceed the maximum duration stipulated. Maximum file size 200MB.  

If you finalise, the imagery you provide may be used to promote you within any print, website and social media activity, and at the Grand Final. Please supply good quality, high resolution JPEG or PNG files. Usage rights must be secured ahead of entry. 

Discover Stā Studios > 

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MEN’S HAIR SPECIALIST

Rewarding trailblazing work in men’s hair. 

Category sponsor

Open to all hair professionals, whether employed, self-employed or freelance.  

To enter, you must submit the following: 

Part 1: Personal summary – EITHER a PDF (up to 4 pages) OR a video (up to 3 minutes) Introduce yourself and outline your skills, passions, and achievements as an expert in men’s hairdressing. Share details about when and how you trained, your career to date, key strengths and specialisms (eg, barbering or long hair) and significant accomplishments. Include imagery to illustrate, as relevant.  

Part 2: Case study – PDF (up to 4 pages)
Describe in detail one work project led by you since March 2023 that demonstrates your skill, vision and innovative thinking around men’s hair. Examples could include working on a magazine, video or brand shoot where men’s hair was the hero, delivering innovative hair trends training into barber shops, or leading a major men’s show at Fashion Week. Back up with evidence of success and include imagery to illustrate, as relevant. 

Part 3: Your work in pictures – PDF (up to 8 pages) 
Impress the judges with a selection of your finest men’s hair work. You can include individual images (client pictures, for example) alongside full collections, campaign shots and wider projects – everything’s relevant! But choose carefully to ensure you’re showcasing a broad range of skills as well as your signature style. Include a brief explanation for everything that makes the cut. Smart phone photos are fine.  

Plus, supporting imagery: 

  • An image of you  
  • At least three of the images included within part 3 


Your PDF must be A4, in either portrait or landscape format. Please combine all parts into one single file, making sure you do not exceed the page numbers stipulated. Feel free to add a front cover page to introduce your entry. Maximum file size 100MB.
Please do not include any embedded video or hyperlinks. 

If you are providing a video, it must be an MP4 file, in either portrait or landscape format. Smartphone footage is fine. Please do not exceed the maximum duration stipulated. Maximum file size 200MB.  

If you finalise, the imagery you provide may be used to promote you within any print, website and social media activity, and at the Grand Final. Please supply good quality, high resolution JPEG or PNG files. Usage rights must be secured ahead of entry. 

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SUSTAINABILITY HERO

Rewarding a business owner or director championing a greener way to work. 

Category sponsor

Open to the owners of salons, barber shops and other workspaces regularly providing hairdressing services to clients. 

Duos may enter providing they jointly own or co-direct the business. 

To enter, you must submit the following: 

Part 1: Sustainability mission statement – EITHER a PDF (up to 6 pages) OR a video (up to 4 minutes) 
Describe how sustainability drives decision-making within your business and the work you undertake – eg, the design of your workplace, the products you use, the way you reduce, re-use and recycle materials and waste, the brands you partner with, the local independent traders you support – as you look to protect the planet while you create great hair. Include imagery to illustrate, as relevant. 

Part 2: 2x case studies – PDF (up to 8 pages)
Prove your eco-friendly credentials. Provide two detailed examples of how you have changed your working practices to be more sustainable. Include details about what you’ve done, why you did it and the positive impact of your actions. Include imagery to illustrate, as relevant. One case study must relate to changes implemented since March 2023. 

Plus, supporting imagery: 

  • An image of you  
  • At least three images illustrating your green credentials  


Your PDF must be A4, in either portrait or landscape format. Please combine all parts into one single file, making sure you do not exceed the page numbers stipulated. Feel free to add a front cover page to introduce your entry. Maximum file size 100MB.
Please do not include any embedded video or hyperlinks. 

If you are providing a video, it must be an MP4 file, in either portrait or landscape format. Smartphone footage is fine. Please do not exceed the maximum duration stipulated. Maximum file size 200MB.  

If you finalise, the imagery you provide may be used to promote you within any print, website and social media activity, and at the Grand Final. Please supply good quality, high resolution JPEG or PNG files. Usage rights must be secured ahead of entry. 

Discover Paul Mitchell >

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TEXTURE EXPERT

Rewarding stand-out work in textured hair.

Category sponsor

Open to all hair professionals, whether employed, self-employed or freelance.  

To enter, you must submit the following: 

Part 1: Personal summary – EITHER a PDF (up to 4 pages) OR a video (up to 3 minutes) 
Introduce yourself and outline your skills, passions and achievements in textured hair. Share details about when and how you trained, your career to date, key strengths, and specialisms (eg, wigs and weaves, curls and coils or Afro barbering) and significant accomplishments. Include imagery to illustrate, as relevant. 

Part 2: Case study – PDF (up to 4 pages)
Describe in detail one project led by you since March 2023 that demonstrates your skill, vision and innovative approach to working with textured hair. Examples could include devising and hosting sell-out education in styling and care, working on a high-profile shoot or show that really showed off your specialism, or implementing a modern menu of hair services serving type 3 and 4 clients. Back up with evidence of success and include imagery to illustrate, as relevant.  

Part 3: Your work in pictures – PDF (up to 8 pages)
Impress the judges with a selection of your finest work in textured hair. You can include individual images (client pictures, for example) alongside full collections, campaign shots and wider projects – everything’s relevant! But choose carefully to ensure you’re showcasing a broad range of skills as well as your signature style. Include a brief explanation for everything that makes the cut.   

Plus, supporting imagery: 

  • An image of you  
  • At least three images included within part 3  


Your PDF must be A4, in either portrait or landscape format. Please combine all parts into one single file, making sure you do not exceed the page numbers stipulated. Feel free to add a front cover page to introduce your entry. Maximum file size 100MB.
Please do not include any embedded video or hyperlinks. 

If you are providing a video, it must be an MP4 file, in either portrait or landscape format. Smartphone footage is fine. Please do not exceed the maximum duration stipulated. Maximum file size 200MB.  

If you finalise, the imagery you provide may be used to promote you within any print, website and social media activity, and at the Grand Final. Please supply good quality, high resolution JPEG or PNG files. Usage rights must be secured ahead of entry. 

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Nominators will be invited to participate. It is not possible to nominate yourself in this category.

Finalists will be determined by nominations received from a panel of photographers, videographers, producers, creative directors, fashion stylists, make-up artists and the fashion and beauty teams at leading UK and international magazines. 

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Following nominations from a panel of hair, beauty, fashion, business and media experts, a shortlist of names will be drawn up. Those shortlisted will be invited to submit a Hair Icon entry and a separate judging panel will then award scores.

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PAST WINNERS

2023

Best Client Experience Linton & Mac, Aberdeen
Best Local Salon The Head Gardener, Inverness
Best New Salon Massarella + Jones, Leamington Spa
Best Salon Team Ena Salon, London
Award for Innovation Naomi Brooks for The Hair Sanctuary Training Group
Business Thinker Lee Nash-Jones and Rob White, Nashwhite
Colour Expert Grace Dalgleish
Creative Talent Grace Dalgleish, Billie Currie
Education Expert Conor James Doyle, Conor James Education
Hair Trend Anne Veck
Independent Stylist Chris Foster
Men’s Hair Specialist Chris Foster
Session Stylist Adam Reed
Sustainability Hero Lorraine Naughton, OB-1 Hair
Texture Expert Lisa Farrall
Hair Icon Duffy

Legend for Business Thinker – awarded to Mark Woolley (2016, 2019, 2022)
Legend for Independent Stylist – awarded to Anna Cofone (2020, 2021, 2022)
Legend for Hair Icon – awarded to Eugene Souleiman (2013, 2018, 2022)
Legend for Men’s Hair Specialist – awarded to Jody Taylor (2018, 2020, 2022)

2022

Best Client Experience Wildflower, Dublin
Best Local Salon BE Ironbridge, Telford
Best New Salon Nashwhite, Warwick
Best Salon Team Billi Currie, London
Award for Innovation Peter Johnson for ITZI Turbans and Towels
Business Thinker Mark Woolley, Electric
Colour Expert Grace Dalgleish, London
Creative Talent Marlon Hawkins, Brooks & Brooks, London
Education Expert Lee Stafford Education Foundation, London
Independent Stylist Anna Cofone, London
Hair Trend Rick Roberts, Rick Roberts, Beverley
Men’s Hair Specialist Jody Taylor, Essex
Sustainability Hero Keith Mellen & Anne Veck, Anne Veck Oxford, Oxford
Texture Expert Lisa Farrall, WIG London, London

Session Stylist Bjorn Krischker
Hair Icon Eugene Souleiman

Legend for Business Thinker – awarded to Sophia Hilton (2017, 2018, 2021)
Legend for Session Stylist – awarded to Syd Hayes (2017, 2018, 2021)

2021

Best Salon Team Stag, Edinburgh
Best Local Salon Cùrlach, Glasgow
Independent Stylist Anna Cofone, London
Award for Innovation Mark Woolley for Electric Space
Creative Talent Paddy McDougall, Rainbow Room International, Glasgow
Business Thinker Sophia Hilton, Not Another, London
Men’s Hair Specialist Rino Riccio, Manifesto, London
Colour Expert Ashleigh Hodges, Hairdotcom Art Team, London
Sustainability Hero Keith Mellen & Anne Veck, Anne Veck Oxford, Oxford

Hair Trend Karoliina Saunders, Karoliina Saunders Hair Design, Swindon
Texture Expert Lisa Farrall, WIG London, London

Session Stylist (by nomination) Syd Hayes
Hair Icon (by nomination) Syd Hayes

Legend for Creative Talent awarded to Zoë Irwin (2018, 2019, 2020)
Legend for Business Thinker awarded to Caroline Sanderson (2013, 2015, 2020)

2020

Best New Boutique Salon Paint + Powder, Stafford
Best Salon Team TINT, Leeds
Best Local Salon Stag, Edinburgh
Best Salon Experience Gatsby & Miller, Amersham
Best New Salon Mesart, Glasgow
Independent Stylist Anna Cofone, London
Award for Innovation Tim Binnington for Manta Hair
Creative Talent Zoë Irwin, John Frieda Salons
Business Thinker Caroline Sanderson, Ego Hair Design, Inverness
Men’s Hair Specialist Jody Taylor, London
Colour Expert Paddy McDougall, Rainbow Room International, Glasgow
Hair Trend Richard Phillipart, The Boutique Atelier, Ellesmere Port
Session Stylist (by nomination) Anthony Turner
Hair Icon (by nomination) Guido Palau

Legend for Colour Expert awarded to Sophia Hilton (2017/2018/2019)
Legend for Hair Icon awarded to Sam McKnight (2014/2017/2019)
Legend for Supreme Team/Best Salon Team awarded to The Collective by Lloyds (2017/2018/2019)

2019

Best New Boutique Salon Douce, Cambridge
Best Salon Team Lloyds Hair, Waterford
Best Local Salon Linton & Mac, Aberdeen
Best Salon Experience Michael Van Clarke, London
Best New Salon Gina Conway Salons and Spas, Wimbledon
Independent Stylist Paula McCash
Award for Innovation Tom Chapman for The Lions Barber Collective
Creative Talent Zoë Irwin, John Frieda Salons
Business Thinker Mark Woolley, Electric
Male Grooming Specialist Darren Fowler, Fowler35
Colour Expert Sophia Hilton, Not Another Salon
Hair Trend Desmond Murray, Atherton Cox
Session Stylist (by nomination) Anthony Turner
Hair Icon (by nomination) Sam McKnight

Legend for Exception Stylist awarded to Dylan Bradshaw (2019/2018/2017)

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