To be named as top talent under 30 is a pretty incredible feat. Get to know the next generation of guys and gals who will be continuing to shake up the industry in the future. Here's the lowdown on our 2019 It List winners...
THE RISING STAR
Callum McDonald, Ruffians
“This is ridiculous. Thank you so much, I’ve only been cutting hair for ten seconds. I can’t explain how much this means to me. My life has changed dramatically and it started in a barbershop in Edinburgh.”
Since starting his career over (he used to be in sales), Callum’s caring nature and determination have seen him rise through the ranks at Ruffians to become ‘New Ruffian of the Year’… and he now has an It List Rising Star title to go with it! “Initiative is something people have to varying levels. It is a quality Callum is lucky enough to have in vast reserves,” says manager Tommy Cunliffe.
Tom Gilling, Taylor Taylor London
“I want to thank my mother – my rock and my soul through my whole career – Sarah, my girlfriend, and Zoë (Irwin) and Adam (Reed), who give you the time of day when you least expect it. It matters. We’re all special, whoever sits at the tables at awards or anyone who picks up a pair of scissors. I never thought I’d ever take this home, ever. It means a lot.”
Already a director of Taylor Taylor London Shoreditch, Tom has been working as a session stylist for six years, and finally triumphed in The Fashionista category following eight years of trying. He’s build up quite a pedigree, assisting the likes of Anthony Turner and he’s used to working with fashion’s finest, including Jourdan Dunn.
Jennifer Linton, Linton & Mac
“I didn’t expect this. Thank you so much. I want to thank my business partner Jay for putting up with me. Thank you to everyone who supported us, I’ll keep it short and sweet!”
Every box for every client is ticked at Linton & Mac in Aberdeen, meaning the bustling salon is a true success story and a testament to co-founder Jennifer’s work ethic. Ideas such as the Breakfast Blow Dry for the time-poor and a Couples’ Card loyalty scheme for partners who like to pamper together, scooped her the business-bossing title.
Amelia Evans, Hare & Bone
“Oh wow! I’ve got to say a massive massive thank you to all of my team, and to Jamie (Benny) – I couldn’t have don’t it without you.”
Master stylist Amelia has been honing her technical skills and understated style, and this award shows her efforts are bearing fruit. A perfectionist in her approach, subtlety is the key to Amelia’s vision, and she combines her love of timeless looks with contemporary editorial details.
THE IT GUY
Jamie Benny, Hare & Bone
“This is literally insane. I’ve entered this competition for six years running, and it means the world to me. I’m dedicated to the craft, I’m obsessed with hairdressing and I love my team. Thank you so much!”
Artistic director Jamie has a keen eye for what works on camera – so far he’s been published by Vogue Germany, Vogue Thailand and Glamour, and he’s lead stylist for Tom Ford sales campaigns. A regular backstage at Fashion Week and couture shows, his signature style of deconstructed classics is perfectly imperfect. And in the salon he never stops sharing his skills and encouraging his team, making him a deserving It Guy winner on all fronts!
THE IT GIRL
Sarah Black, Linton & Mac
“I genuinely did not expect this this evening. I’m so happy to be a part of everything. Thank you to Creative HEAD for providing an evening to reflect on everything we’re really f*cking proud of. I’m so blessed to be around so many talented, inspiring people all the time.”
Working her magic at both ends of the country, Sarah Black has a foot in Aberdeen at Linton & Mac and another at The Social in London, while also writing courses and speaking at events such as our very own Salon Smart. She scooped a UK L’Oréal Colour Trophy Award in 2017 with a moss green mullet that defied convention, and this year it was her turn to walk away with the It Girl title. Well, they do say that Black is always in fashion…