Phenomenal minds, exceptional creativity and the kind of boundless team spirit that makes British hairdressing the best in the world. These literally are the Most Wanted of 2015…
BEST SALON TEAM | Ruffians, London
The Ruffians Mentoring Scheme sees younger staff matched with experienced barbers to inspire each other. At fortnightly team meetings they work in pairs on creative projects in a relaxed environment – with a couple of cheeky drinks from the subsidised Ruffians bar!
This is a tough award to win because you need so many people pulling together, which is what makes it so special
– Andrew Cannon, owner
BEST LOCAL SALON | Jas Hair Group, Salisbury
Now a two-time winner, owner Jayne Prigent rounded up a team to trek the Grand Canyon to raise money for hospital charity Stars Appeal, while her husband Neil has been key to boosting local business with the Salisbury Independents Week.
We’ve had an incredible year so this recognition for supporting out community tops it off beautifully!”
– Jayne Prigent, owner ENTRY TIPS FROM JAS HAIR GROUP
BEST SALON EXPERIENCE | Paul Edmonds, London
At his luxury salon, owner Paul looks to delight clients who are short on time, as well as those looking for a more relaxed appointment. It’s all about service, whether that’s a biking over Sumosan sushi from Mayfair, or buying Havaianas for a client with a broken shoe…
We were up against some incredible salons and really didn’t expect this. It goes to show that teamwork really does pay off. I’m so proud!
– Yashar Rasekh, managing director
BEST NEW SALON | Anderson’s, Glasgow
A Scottish wonder that proudly combines powerful style with ethical sustainability, Anderson’s floor-to-ceiling living wall helps bring the outdoors inside, with a reception desk recreated from recycled wooden pallets. You can even adopt a bee from £1!
We’ve been open for 10 months and suddenly I was in a room with people I’ve respected my whole life, picking up this award. It’s amazing!
– Keith Anderson, owner
AWARD FOR INNOVATION | Phil Jackson, Bravo Hairdressing, for Club Bravo
To smooth the peakS and troughs of monthly outgoings, Phil needed to break the six-weekly model of customer visits, while preserving brand positioning and customer loyalty. Introducing Club Bravo, a four-tier membership model based on the fitness industry. Bravo!
To be recognised at this level is so wonderful. These awards show that if you have a great idea in this industry, you can really stand out. It’s lovely to win
– Phil Jackson, owner
CREATIVE TALENT | Johanna Cree Brown, Trevor Sorbie
Two-time winner Johanna was onstage in Vienna the night of the Grand Final, so colleague Mai Ha accepted the trophy on her behalf. Johanna is famous for her innovative platform and creative work, and has produced imagery to launch the new Trevor Sorbie Academy in Shanghai.
I’m so happy and so honoured. Thank you!
– Johanna Cree Brown
BUSINESS THINKER | Caroline Sanderson, Ego Hair Design
Winner for a second time, Caroline faced a tough 2014 when the road outside her salon was closed for more than a year. She focused on solutions, with upgrades, increased value and experience, and saw rebookings rise by 29 per cent, and high-value packages bring in more than £100,000.
I’m completely overwhelmed. It’s something I’ve dreamed of and worked so hard for, so when your name is called out it feels amazing
– Caroline Sanderson
COLOUR EXPERT | Katie Mulcahy, Dale Hairdressing
Winner of Most Wanted’s One to Watch in 2009, Katie worked with Lisa Shepherd for seven years (crediting her as an “inspiration” in an emotional acceptance speech) before setting herself on a new challenge to concentrate on more session work.
This award means everything to me!
– Katie Mulcahy
HAIR TREND | Karine Jackson, Karine Jackson Hair & Beauty
Covent Garden-based Karine Jackson is a seasoned expert at wearable, commercial finishes, forever turning hot fashion-forward trends into head-turning, sought-after street styles… And her Hair Trend-winning, sweeping ombre is no exception. Congratulations!
It was so exciting to be recognised in front of friends and peers in this brilliant industry. I feel great!
– Karine Jackson
SESSION STYLIST | Guido
Receiving the most nominations from the teams at the UK’s most influential magazines – including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Stylist – Guido is one of the busiest stylists during fashion season. That’s why he made his acceptance seepch by video – he was in NYC, getting ready for NYFW!
It’s great to win any award, but Creative HEAD is such a great magazine – so I was particularly happy to receive it
HAIR ICON | Adam Reed, Percy & Reed
Adam scooped the Big One as an educator extraordinaire, magical master of the Percy & Reed product brand and the go-to styler for a whole tribe of glossy beauty editors who love his low-key yet luxe looks. All this, plus he’s all over backstage at London Fashion Week, credited in shoots for fashion bibles like ELLE and Nylon, and he also squeezes in a global ambassador role for ghd. Phew! What a winner!
It’s like a dream come true. To be recognised amongst an incredible line-up. I can’t believe it. I’m so emotional
– Adam Reed