This year marked the fifth edition of the annual Great Lengths Awards. The UK finalists created some stunning extension work across six creative categories and showed exceptional commercial success in the remaining five business categories, leaving us hard-pressed to pick a winner.
Each certified stylist who finalised has so much passion, creativity and flair for hair, we can only imagine how hard the judging was! The expert panel of industry judges included editor of Tribu-te Magazine, Nicky Pope and editor of Professional Hairdresser, Nicola Shannon as well as a host of publishers, photographers and bloggers. We caught up with Nicky to find out how she uses her experience to judge awards like these: “I keep in mind an editorial vision for something that’s beautiful, and something that I might want to publish online or in the magazine”. Looking at this year’s finalists, Nicky believes stylists are becoming braver with their experiments and really getting into naturalising hair extensions this year more than ever. We like it!
There were a total of 11 categories with each winner taking their place in the Great Lengths history books when they’re announced in Leeds this September . The 2018 finalists are:
- Longer Length:
Steve Barnes at Reuben Wood Hair and Beauty • Jessica Turn at Salon Two • Vicky Demetriou at Larry King • Jill Faulkner at Faulkners • Jack Trafene at Salon Ten.
- Captivating Colour:
James Henderson at M Hair • Vicky Demetriou at Larry King • Jack Trafene at Salon Ten • Hector Obeng at Hector’s Global Hair with Zeal • Annabelle Harpin • Yazz Number One Hair Studio.
- Enviable Volume:
Kirby Hickey at Hair by Kirby Blythe • Linzi King at Simon Webster Hair • Malcolm Murphy at Malcolm Murphy Hair • Beverly Rosser at Rosser Hairdressing • Steve Barnes at Reuben Wood Hair and Beauty.
- Bridal Creation:
Kirby Hickey at at Hair by Kirby Blythe • Samantha Rubino at M Hair • Megan Green at Jakeman and Green • Annabelle Harpin at Yazz Number One Hair Studio • Alice Trout at Alice Olivia Hair.
- Creative Innovation:
Jennifer Swain at Swain Hairdressing • Hector Obeng at Hector’s Global Hair with Zeal • Steve Barnes at Reuben Wood Hair and Beauty • Ellis Hunt at Rosser Hairdressing • Joe Causier at Malcolm Murphy Hair.
- Hair of Fame*:
Joanne Fox at Hair by Joanne Fox • Arabella Kind at Hair by Arabella • Kirsty McDill at Kirsty McDIll Hair Extensions • Megan Green at Jakeman & Green.
- Silver Salon/Freelancer Award – Outstanding Performance:
House of Finesse • Aimee Mallon • Lauren McManus.
- Gold Salon/Freelancer Award – Outstanding Performance:
GLAM • Reuben Wood Hair and Beauty • Caprio’s Hair Studio.
- Platinum Salon/Freelancer Award – Outstanding Performance:
Strawberry Hair • Swain Hairdressing • M Hair.
- Best Newcomer Award:
Sarina Lo-Giudice at Rosser Hairdressing • Samantha Rubino at M Hair • Martha Garry at Malcolm Murphy Hair.
- The Great Lengths Trophy – Extension Excellence:
Joanne Hallas at GLAM • Malcolm Murphy at Malcolm Murphy Hair • Emma Choremi at McQueens.
*New for 2018 with entry via the monthly Hair of Fame competition at greatlengthshair.co.uk.
To read more about Great Lengths click HERE
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