The L’Oréal colour trophy found a new home north of the border last night (June 5), as Aberdeen’s Linton and Mac were named 2017 champions.
The winning look? A matte, mossy forest green, styled into collarbone-length layered style. Modern, meticulously crafted and muted, the understated colour work was deceivingly complex.
It certainly impressed the judges – including Ken Picton, Errol Douglas MBE, Richard Ward, Karen Dodds and Adam Reed – who praised the team for their “beautiful” work.
The It List Entrepreneur 2016, Ky Wilson, and his London salon The Social triumphed in the Men’s Image Award, with Not Another Salon’s Harriet Stokes scooping the Judges’ Choice accolade in the STAR Award category.
The Afro Look title went to Leamington Spa’s Nashwhite, who created a curly bob kissed with multiple shades of russet red.
Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw returned as host and held court on the vast tri-pronged stage that stretched out among the 1,000-strong crowd. The L’Oréal Professionnel Colour Collective were first to make use of the dramatic layout, as they sent disco-fabulous pastels, precise airbrushed designs and sculpted, vibrant high-top fades down the catwalk.
Six colourists showcased the versatility of the new #COLORFULHAIR range, producing punchy shades on sculpted styles, as well as whispers of colour of diaphanous waves. There was also clever uses of hairpieces, as a pair of boldly coiffed, long-haired models transformed their styles by whipping out painted wefts in the manner of Bucks Fizz as the reached the end of the runway.
The Toni & Guy team set the stage alight (quite literally) with their fire and ice-inspired ‘Elements’ spectacular. Taking the audience on an atmospheric journey from the eye of a storm to a blazing underworld, they created awe-inspiring textures adorned with SFX ice, water droplets and singed edges. Models wore custom embellished gowns designed especially for the show by Giles Deacon, and creative staging saw thunder, lightning and genuine 6ft high flames make appearances.
The show-stopping moment came as the segment drew to a close. As blizzards swirled on screens around the venue, the spotlight shifted on to a model draped in icicles, who emerged from a shower of fluttering snowflakes, bringing the depths of winter to a balmy June evening.
Full results of the L’Oreal Colour Trophy 2017
L’Oréal Colour Trophy Award
Linton and Mac, Aberdeen
L’Oréal Colour Trophy Award – 2nd Place
Brooks & Brooks, London
L’Oréal Colour Trophy – 3rd Place
Simon Webster, Brighton
L’Oréal Men’s Image Award
The Social, London
L’Oréal Men’s Image Award – Runner Up
Brooks & Brooks, London
Afro Look Award
Nashwhite, Leamington Spa
The L’Oréal Colour Trophy Star Award – Judges’ Favourite
Harriet Stokes, Not Another Salon (London)
Northern Ireland – Petras House of Colour
Scotland – Linton and Mac, Aberdeen
North East – Contemporary Hair Academy, Middlesborough
North West – Royston Blythe, Shrewsbury
Midlands – Love The Salon, Cheltenham
Eastern – The Gallery Haircutters, Norwich
South West – Seanhanna, Bristol
Southern – Simon Webster Hair, Brighton
London – Brooks & Brooks