Abacus Hair Studio of Bewdley, Worcestershire, have been named winners of the 2015 L’Oreal Colour Trophy – the second time the salon has taken the title (they first won in 2010).
Their winning look, a long, multi-tonal blonde cloud of gently tousled corkscrew curls, was judged the best on the night by a panel of judges including Carolyn Newman, Andrew Barton and Sally Brooks.
The Colour Room, Stockport, took the Men’s Image Award, while Simon Webster Hair, Brighton, scooped the winning Mizani Afro Look Award.
This was the 60th Colour Trophy competition, and L’Oreal pulled out all the stops with a spectacular event at Battersea Evolution, London, hosted by Lauren Laverne. Celebrations included a series of hair shows from high-profile names including Adam Reed (a fun, impeccably referenced journey through the decades inspired by the music, fashion and culture of the last 60 years), Charlie Miller (mind-blowingly complex textures teamed with exquisite, ethereal shades of ice-blue, pale lilac and mauve) and the 20:20 Colour Collective (a celebration of all things blonde), all of whom made effective use of the unique revolving stage.
But the highlight of the night was the Trevor Sorbie presentation, which cleverly showed how ‘ordinary’ references – the lights on an escalator, the reflective strips on a cycling jacket – can be transformed into the unexpected, such as latex-clad models resembling sex shop mannequins, beautifully fierce looking urban Samurais and (our personal favourite), futuristic heroines sporting waist-length tinsel wigs that blew in the wind transforming them into human holograms.
Other highlights? Sixties icon Twiggy announcing the winners of the Young Colourist awards, and the vast, stylishly dressed venue that was offset by the warmth and camaraderie among the 1,500-strong audience.
Full results of the 60th L’Oreal Colour Trophy
People’s Choice Award 2015
Men’s Image: Milk Hairdressing, Livingstone
Colour Trophy: Electric Hair, Liverpool
L’Oreal Colour Trophy Young Colourist 2015
Northern Ireland: Emma Reynolds, Riah Hair & Beauty, Belfast
Scottish: Kirsty MacBain, Alan Edwards, Glasgow
North Western: Olivia Nevill, Ashley Gamble Ltd, Shifnal
North Eastern: Samuel Johnson, Harringtons, Hull
Eastern: Katie Grogan, Headlines, Hertford
Western: Rachel White, AKA Hairdressing, Bristol
Southern: Chelsea Rosner, The Chair, Canterbury
London: Connor Scanlon, Headmasters Academy, Ham
Mizani Afro Look Award 2015
Simon Webster Hair, Brighton
L’Oreal Men’s Image Award 2015
First place: The Colour Room, Stockport
Runner-up: Stuart Holmes Salon, Cheltenham
L’Oreal Colour Trophy Award 2015 Regional Winners
Northern Ireland: Andrew Mulvenna Hair Beauty Groom, Belfast
Scottish: Lesley McDonald Hair & Beauty, Ayrshire
North Western: Trevor Sorbie, Manchester
North Eastern: RMUK, Leeds
Eastern: Maples of Stamford Ltd, Stamford
Western: Abacus Hair, Bewdley
Southern: TONI&GUY, Guildford
London: RUSH, The Strand
L’Oreal Colour Trophy Award 2015
First place: Abacus Hair, Bewdley
Second place: RMUK, Leeds
Third place: Trevor Sorbie, Manchester