Criteria

Junior Hairdresser of the Year: (stylists with 2-4 years salon experience)

Purpose: To recognise a salon junior who excels through hard work, and passion with 2–4 years salon experience. The judges will be looking for a star of the future.
Criteria: The judges will examine salon performance, innovativeness and the individual’s testimonials to determine the quality of the entrants for our shortlist.

Colour Technician of the Year: (minimum 2 years salon experience)

Purpose: To recognise outstanding performance by a colour technician.
Criteria: Winning characteristics could be: Creativity well above average, with a flair for colour both innovative and corrective. In a sentence, the judges are looking for someone special for all to admire and from which all can learn, about the technique of colouring.

Gents’ Hairdresser/Barber of the Year: (minimum 2 years experience)

Purpose: To recognise true vision, ambition, and the willingness to succeed in the world of male grooming.
Criteria: Entrants should be able to show they have found their niche within this market, or provide a service unique to themselves, and their male clients.

Hairdresser of the Year: (minimum 2 years experience)

Purpose: To recognise an imaginative and creative stylist of female heads of hair. Whose individual contribution to the success of a business has been outstanding through their attention to their female clients.
Criteria: The judges will look for evidence of creativity and professionalism directly attributable to the entrant plus testimonials from within and/or the industry and clients…

Hair Styling Specialist of the Year

Open to any hairdresser who demonstrates a high level in the art of hairdressing. To include bridal/special occasion, hair up, vintage and extension work
Purpose: To recognise an entrant who excels at an updo, or other example of dressing hair for those clients with a special occasion to attend.
Criteria: Entrants will be able to show a clear mission – either in a one-off venture or in an ongoing commitment to specialist hair. Judges will be particularly interested in client images and testimonials.

Hair Salon of the Year: (trading more than 18 months)

Purpose: To recognise businesses which can demonstrate the importance of continued client growth, retention and innovation to the success of the business?
Criteria: Judges will seek evidence that the business has achieved significant client satisfaction, customer service and meets with the purpose in this category. Nominees are invited to show the impact they have on clients, staff, training and/or future plans.

Beauty Therapist of the Year: (beauticians/waxing/facials/tanning etc)

Purpose: To recognise an outstanding performance by an individual who goes over and above normal standards within the field of beauty.
Criteria: The judges will be looking for evidence and/or testimonials that confirm the entrants’ ability in a hands on capacity, whilst also demonstrating an excellent knowledge of anatomy, products and advances with treatments to keep up with latest trends.

Nail Technician of the Year: (manicures/pedicures/gel/acrylic etc)

Purpose: To recognise outstanding nail technicians with solid training and product knowledge.
Criteria: The judges will be looking for evidence of attention to detail, creativity and the ability to demonstrate their craft effectively.

Beauty Salon of the Year: (trading more than 18 months)

Purpose: To recognise businesses which can demonstrate the importance of continued client growth, retention and innovation to the success of the business.
Criteria: Judges will seek evidence that the business has achieved significant client satisfaction, customer service and meets with the purpose in this category. Nominees are invited to show the impact they have on clients, staff, training and/or future plans.

Training Centre of Excellence Award: (hair or beauty, open to colleges/salons/individuals)

Purpose: To reward and recognise those who train the future stars within the industry.
Criteria: An establishment or individual which can demonstrate effective delivery of their courses and training with a focus on ensuring their students always achieve and realise their potential.

Apprentice of the Year: (apprentice/trainee with less than two years experience)

Purpose: To recognise an apprentice who has gone that extra mile and exceeded the expectations of their trainer or mentor.
Criteria: The judges will be looking for evidence of an apprentice who has excelled in their training and shows great promise for the future.

Readers’ Choice Award

All shortlisted finalists from Salon of the Year will be put forward for a text vote on our social media platform.

Lifetime Achievement

The award winner is chosen by the judges, though any suggestions will be considered from nominations for this category.