The It List 2020 – a Grand Final to remember

Talk about a game-changing year. 2020 brought the drama – and then some. With the light at the end of the tunnel finally visible, it was time to honour our 2020 winners of Creative HEAD’s The It List.

There have been tears, and fears, but nothing could stop us from holding our Most Wanted and The It List 2020 Grand Final. We jumped through every hoop that Covid-19 could throw at us to bring our finalists the most EPIC experience possible!

We set about creating a mammoth filming extravaganza, broadcasting live from our planned venue, Printworks in London, as we sought to bring hairdressers up and down the UK together for a united moment to celebrate the resilience and talent of our industry. Whether they were attending in person (tested and seated separately!) or Zooming in from home with their deluxe snack pack and champagne, it was definitely a night to remember.

Creative HEAD Magazine turned 20 in 2020, and everything was suitably starry to commemorate this huge achievement. Host Russell Kane had his audience of stylists, colourists and industry influencers rolling in their seats with his razor-sharp wit, before the true stars of the show took to the stage to collect their prizes.

In a year that tested us beyond measure, we were thrilled to honour our talented industry – winners and nominees alike. Alas, there could only be one winner of each category, but we’ve never been more impressed by the trailblazing talents and teams seeking to change the game. We salute you!

The future of our industry is bright indeed, judging by our It List 2020 winners. They have the vision, they have the talent – just wait and see where they go! Case in point, our Rising Star for 2020 Annabel Payne is only 20 and is already assisting the Toni&Guy international art directors.

Aidan Darcy blew away the judges with his talent and ambition for our first ever Editorial Stylist award, while Marlon Hawkins‘ award-winning Visionary entry was formed completely in lockdown using only dolls heads and what was in his home. Creativity doesn’t stop for trivial matters such as global pandemics.

It List Entrepreneur 2020 today, fully-fledged business mogul tomorrow – Ricky Walters of SALON64 proved that he’s only just getting started. Meanwhile Tom Gilling graduated from Visionary 2019 to It Guy 2020 and seemed overwhelmed with his huge win, and Leah Hayden Cassidy proved that gender is no barrier in barbering as she claimed the It Girl 2020 title.

A stunning ghd hair show capped off The It List portion of the evening, showcasing the collective talents of Adam Reed, Charlotte Mensah and Zoë Irwin. We saw everything from classic renaissance-inspired curls to sculptural shapes and unabashed texture, created using the roster of award-winning ghd styling tools.

To our creative colourists and runway rebels, the local salon heroes, trendsetters and innovators – well done to each and every one of you! Thank you for your drive, your passion and for helping to push our industry to new heights. It’s certainly been a year where people have appreciated your talents perhaps more than ever. Find out what our winners had to say of their experience here.

And thank you to our astonishingly generous sponsor, ghd, for the unwavering patience and support for our industry, and our talented judges who gave their time and years of experience to find our worthy winners.

Luckily you won’t have to wait long to get psyched up for MWIT 2021 – look out for an imminent announcement!

See all The It List 2020 winners >

Watch the highlights from The It List 2020 >

Editor’s note: The Most Wanted and The It List Grand Final took place as a filmed, live broadcast in line with UK government and BFI TV and Film Covid-19 guidance. An extensive health & safety risk assessment was conducted by external experts and everyone on site was required to take a rapid covid-test prior to entry on set, whilst also adhering to PPE and social-distancing guidelines for the duration of the broadcast.

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