These colourists have impressed us with their exceptional technical skills and expertise, but who was crowned this year’s Most Wanted Colour Expert?
Sophia Hilton, Not Another Salon
The 2017 AND 2018 champion retains her crown! Sophia has long been a trailblazer in the industry, using her social media platform and straight-talking approach to help others. Having focused on expanding Not Another Colour Academy throughout the past year, Sophia has introduced a new wave of education with four colour courses catered to post maternity, colourists with anxiety, mature students and handling unrealistic expectations. From releasing the world’s first viral ‘transformation video’ that didn’t work to filming a colour makeover show for the BBC, it’s been another whirlwind of a year for Sophia and we’re sure her future will be even brighter! Plus, she’s now gained official Most Wanted Legend status, having secured the Colour Expert title three times.
Sarah Black, Linton & Mac
From pushing boundaries to rewriting the rule book, she’s the girl that’s on fire and shows no sign of stopping. Following her victory at the 2017 L’Oréal Colour Trophy Awards, Sarah has since gone on to teach her own creative colour course for L’Oréal, as well as presenting her work at this year’s L’Oréal Colour Congress. Ever keen to expand her skillset, Sarah now plays a vital role in the in-salon training programme – guiding team members through two day education courses to ensure the salon delivers the best colour services possible. First there was the green mullet, then came tobacco yellow… we can’t wait to see what she creates next!
Jack Howard, Paul Edmonds
Known for his balayage expertise, Jack has made it his mission to showcase the technique across the industry by introducing the four gestures to work by – classic, creative, micro and Californian. Through sharing his tips and tricks across social media, Jack’s platform has become a source of inspiration and education for other colourists looking to deliver flawless results which keep clients loyal. After joining Schwarzkopf Professional as global BlondMe ambassador in November 2018, Jack has taken his colour education to a broader level, sharing his secrets for making commercial colour work with the BlondMe range. With the popularity of balayage showing no sign of stopping, who knows where his work will take him next!
Karine Jackson, Karine Jackson
A champion for sustainable colouring, Karine shines the spotlight on how her salon team works sustainably, while delivering amazing colour trends and results. After becoming London’s first Certified Sustainable Salon, Karine has since helped other salons with reducing their carbon footprint, as well as educating their clients. Working as an ambassador for Organic Colour Systems, she’s appeared on stage around the world doing seminars and demonstrations and has also devised a Colour Clinic manual, which is used in Organic Colour Systems salons internationally to ensure continuing consistency for all colour clients. Whether celebrating Veganuary or working on colour correction for celebrity clientele, the skies the limit for Karine!
Chris Williams, Rush
Working as international colour director for salon group Rush, Chris is continually putting his colour creativity to the test. From creating colour palettes for designers working at London Fashion Week to developing and delivering colour courses, no two days are the same and that’s just the way he likes it. As well as running his own Rush branch in Chichester, he also works with L’Oréal Professionnel on colour initiatives and campaigns, as well as product development and launches. With a passion for colour creativity and educating others, Chris has also developed the Rush Colour Team, encouraging members to push boundaries and think outside the box. Who knows where his creative vision will lead to next…