Multi award winning hairdresser Mark Leeson has won the ultimate hairdressing accolade by winning British Hairdresser of the Year.
The British Hairdressing Awards, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional, is dubbed the 'Oscars' of the hairdressing world and is one of the most glitzy events in the hairdressing calendar. Held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel, the night was hosted by legendary comedian, James Corden, and Executive Director of Hairdressers Journal International, Jayne Lewis-Orr.
Mark Leeson receives the award
With a bustling salon in Mansfield, and a second salon just opened in Chesterfield, Mark Leeson's latest award win is well and truly flying the flag for British hairdressing. Hairdressers Journal's Executive Director, Jayne Lewis-Orr, said "British hairdressers are internationally renowned for their creativity, originality and innovation, and we are proud that the British Hairdressing Awards continue to celebrate this," she said. "It has been inspiring on this special anniversary to see the standard of entries in all categories exceeding high expectations. Congratulations to Mark Leeson and all the 2014 winners who truly are the best of British."
2014 is Mark's 30th anniversary in hairdressing during which time he has finalised for 32 British Hairdressing Awards and won an incredible 14, as well as numerous other high profile titles. A globally recognised name, Mark's iconic work is frequently published in hairdressing titles all over the world, and his presence is often requested at shows and seminars in every continent. "I'm truly honoured to be British Hairdresser of the Year 2014. I've dedicated my life to hairdressing and to be recognised by my peers as the best in the country is incredible. This has been a dream of mine since the day that I started hairdressing and I'm living proof that if you work hard and don't give up, you can achieve anything. I'm so grateful to all the people who have supported me over the years and to my wonderful team - without them none of this would be possible," said Mark.
This is the highest accolade within the hairdressing industry and only a handful of hairdressers have won this hugely prestigious award. Mark first had to be nominated by his peers and panel of leading beauty editors, and then produced a photographic collection of 8 images, which along with a portfolio was judged by an exclusive panel of industry legends.
Mark is famed for his extensive and inventive colour work, and for producing striking photographic collections that have grabbed the attention of beauty journalists across the globe. His work brings contemporary glamour to the hairdressing world via his trademark of exaggerated, sexy and breath-taking hairdressing.
For further information on Mark Leeson visit www.markleeson.co.uk or Call Chesterfield: 01246 238184 or Mansfield: 01623 622283
The Final took place at L'Oréal Studios in Hammersmith, judged by celebrity hairdressers Gary Hooker and Michael Young and Jayne Schauenburg.
When the winners were announced it was revealed that for the first time in 40 years there was a tie for Level 2: Tara Walls from Rainbow Rooms International and Marlena Luczak from Stoke on Trent College were joint winners in this category while Lauren Thompson from Reflections Training Academy took the Award for Level 3.
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- Student of the Year
- Lynda Whitehorn
is the new Chair of
the Hair Council
- Lobbying reception a Hit at The House
- Sian Arnold SRH shadows Lino Carbosiero
- Welsh Assembly members support Registration
- Matrix teams fully SRH
- Lino Carbosiero awarded MBE
- Akin Konizi wins British Hairdresser of the Year
- Political Update
- Daniel Galvin OBE is Patron of Honour of the Hairdressing Council
- Student of the Year
- College registers all lecturers and assessors
- Daniel Galvin pledges support for Registration Campaign
- The British Barbers' Association join forces with the Hairdressing Council!
At the recent Annual General Meeting of the Hairdressing Council, the position of Chair was secured by Mrs Lynda Whitehorn SRH. Lynda has been on the Council for a number of years and works tirelessly to help secure mandatory registration in the UK.
Lynda Whitehorn SRH
"I am thrilled to be given the honour of Chair for the Hairdressing Council and plan to support Sally Styles the CEO/Registrar in her quest to make Hairdressing and Barbering recognised as a regulated profession. This will only happen if all areas of the sector pull together to gain support from MPs, practising hairdressers, salon owners and the general public to demonstrate our united belief that we are a profession in need of regulation".
"Where would I like to see the HC in three years? I would like knowledge of the register to be so great, the general public automatically research the HC directory to find their nearest state registered hairdresser when looking for a great hairdresser.
From a very early age, I only ever wanted to do one thing, which was to become a hairdresser! I started working in the industry at the age of 15 as a Saturday girl, for a large prestigious chain of salons called 'Raymonds'. This very quickly turned into an apprenticeship where I trained and stayed for five years to become a very successful senior stylist.
I then worked self employed whilst my children were young and remained in the industry in various roles for 10 years until in 1998 when I went back to school myself and trained to be an assessor and a teacher, and then entered the world of Further Education.
I loved my time in the hairdressing department at Southampton City College, where I stayed for 12 years teaching and nurturing young learners into a hairdressing career. I did think I would stay in FE but eventually my love for development work lead to my current position at VTCT.
Now I look after the hairdressing and barbering industries for VTCT from every angle. Every day I do something different; from comparing CPD road shows to writing hairdressing units for qualifications, to visiting colleges and centres to help them deliver our qualifications. That was four hectic years ago but the best of my working career!
So 35 years later, and I am as passionate about our industry today as I was as a young apprentice. The only difference now is I can implement change. It is a very exciting time for hairdressing and barbering with a new National Occupational Standards ready to be launched, a new style apprenticeship designed by the Trailblazer steering groups out for consultation, and we are the closest we have ever been for our industries to be recognised by the Government that all practicing hairdressers and barbers should be both qualified and state registered.
The Hairdressing Council are actively lobbying government for cross party support for registration. This will improve the standard of the industry for all involved - clients, trainees, hairdressers and salon owners alike.
I would like to thank Sally and the other members of the Hairdressing Council Committee for putting their faith in me to help steer the Hairdressing Council, especially Mr Arthur Ehoff the outgoing chairman from the last three years".
On a beautifully sunny day 200 from the hairdressing industry gathered on the Terrace at the House of Commons to celebrate the Hairdressing Council's 50th year and to help lobby for mandatory registration. Alongside registered hairdressers and barbers were industry celebrities, manufacturers, press and other industry organizations. Celebrity Hairdressing Council Ambassadors Jamie Stevens, Andrew Barton and Lino Carbosiero were happy to promote registration with their colleagues.
Andrew Barton, Jamie Stevens, David Morris MP, Lino Carbosiero MBE
Andrew Barton said "As an Honorary Ambassador of the Hairdressing Council, I believe strongly that registration in the UK hairdressing would help promote higher standards and unite the industry in its campaign for regulation"
Jamie Stevens said "the enthusiasm for mandatory registration is at an all-time high and I was glad to be supporting the Hairdressing Council at this event. I urge all professional hairdressers to register now".
During the speeches, David Morris MP said he is firmly backing mandatory registration and was talking to all parties before the long awaited Westminster Debate. Stephen Nurse - Operations Director at Daniel Galvin's Salon called upon the whole industry to push harder for registration which was closer than ever to becoming a reality.
Each month a registered hairdresser is selected randomly to spend a day with a celebrity hairdresser. For February, Sian Arnold from Inspirations, Brentwood in Essex was the lucky winner and spent a day with Lino Carbosiero, hairdresser to the celebrities as well as the PM. Here Sian talks about her win.
"I was so excited to be selected by the Hairdressing Council to spend the day shadowing Lino Carbosiero at the Daniel Galvin Salon in London. I arrived at the Salon in the pouring rain, feeling extremely nervous about the day ahead. I was met by Sally Styles - Registrar and CEO of the Hairdressing Council - she introduced to me Lino who immediately put me at ease and made me feel very welcome.
""Watching Lino cutting and styling one of his female clients, I was immediately struck by the way he made his clients feel totally relaxed and at ease. I watched his technique closely, to see if I could pick any tips to improve my own style and I was particularly impressed with the way he put body and curl into the hair with so little effort.
"The Trainees at the Salon appeared to be efficient, happy in their work and eager to learn. The Salon remained busy throughout the day with lots of chatter and excitement amongst the clients about the fact that Lino will be off to Buckingham Palace the next day to pick up his MBE awarded. It was clear to see the special relationship he has with his clients.
""If you are lucky to be selected as the monthly SRH winner to spend a day with a celebrity hairdresser then I highly recommend you take advantage of this opportunity - I had a fabulous day".
Lino said "I am so honoured to be part of the Hairdressing Council and to be able to work for a day with such a wonderful person as Sian, who after 45 years still has the passion and drive to push the boundaries in our profession. I had a great day with Sian and I will definitely keep in touch. I look forward to meeting her trainees."
A national campaign to encourage all qualified hairdressers and barbers to become state registered to professionalise and regulate the industry was boosted by cross party support at the heart of government in Wales this week. Among those pledging their support at a reception, held at the National Assembly for Wales' Senedd in Cardiff, was Wales' Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Ken Skates. Mr Skates said: "This campaign has been invaluable in drawing attention to the crucially important area of better recognising the skills and qualifications in the hair and beauty sector. Although not a devolved matter, I am determined to do what I can to assist in driving up skills standards in this sector and have this recognised formally. I hope the UK Government will listen with great sympathy to those leading the campaign."
at the Senedd
passionate about registration
Sally Styles, Registrar of the Hairdressing council attended the reception and said she was "thrilled with the progress Shirley had made throughout Wales, increasing awareness and moving the political campaign forward in great strides". She had replicated the campaign in Westminster and was meeting MPs from all political parties lobbying for their support.
Ken Skates, Labour Minister for Skills & Technology
and Sally Styles, Hairdressing Council registrar
Salons, hairdressers, colleges and politicians
interested in joining the state registration campaign
are asked to contact
Mrs Davis-Fox on 0845 301 8660 or Sally Styles on 020 8760 7011
The campaign for registration is something that Matrix fully supports in partnership with The Hairdressing Council. All of the Matrix Educators and Artists are proud to be registered and the 100 strong Matrix team will be promoting this at all Matrix education throughout the year making sure that everyone in the industry understands the importance of the campaign.
At the Matrix annual conference in Iceland, it was announced to the 14 Matrix Distributors and their teams that the Education and Artistic teams are registered which reinforced the great work the Hairdressing Council do in raising awareness for the registration campaign. To highlight Matrix support the entire education and Artistic team were brought together with their certificates for a photograph to publicise their support.
Matrix is an inspirational brand born in 1980 by a husband and wife team called Arnie and Sydell Miller. The Millers provided hairdressers with a comprehensive range of products to grow their businesses and provided the means to take full advantage of their talent and creativity. Matrix is now part of the L'Oreal Professional Products Division, but those original philosophies are still engrained within the Matrix brand with sound education and supporting and encouraging all hairdressers to 'Imagine all they can be...'
Lino Carbosiero SRH has been in just about every national newspaper and on TV and radio station since receiving news of his MBE Award. Why? Because he's the PM's hairdresser and it has been questioned again and again if a 'hairdresser' really deserves such an award. Lino is not the only hairdresser to receive this award, indeed he is one of 3 this year, it's his link to David Cameron which has sparked such intense publicity - despite Downing Street making a statement that they did not nominate him.
Lino Carbosiero has earned this award on his own merit - just a quick look at his website shows the number of celebrity clients he has and the money he has raised for charities is incredible. Why then the negative publicity - simple - he is a hairdresser. On radio 2 yesterday a caller said if these awards are being given to hairdressers they are no better than 'Blue Peter' badges.
When asked if some of the shine had been taken off receiving the honour, Lino said people 'knock hairdressers' but the award showed their importance in communities - why shouldn't they be rewarded for the service they perform? He said "the negativity saddens me because it's all about why should a hairdresser get it. In the last ten years more and more hairdressers are recognised. It shows people are recognising that hairdressers aren't just fluffy and stand behind the chair and talk nonsense all day. We do a lot behind the scenes as well".
The negativity is so frustrating and just goes to underpin the argument that until our fabulous industry has professional recognition through regulation, the perception of it will remain unjust and disrespectful by the press, government, parents and school teachers. The situation has to change - if you feel the same, please become a registered hairdresser today and add your name to the campaign.
Congratulations to Akin Konizi SRH who has won the 2013 British Hairdresser of the Year at the glittering Awards ceremony.
The British Hairdressing Awards are based on photographic entries that demonstrate the skills and talents of the entrant. As winner, Akin becomes an ambassador for British hairdressing, appearing on television, radio and in the national and consumer press.
Shirley Davis-Fox with Keith Davies AM
Hairdressing Council member Shirley Davis-Fox has been lobbying Welsh MPs and AMs to help persuade Westminster of the importance of regulation for hairdressers in the UK.
Shirley, who is the Managing Director of ISA Training, the largest training provider in Wales, also met with a number of MPs in Westminster along with the Hairdressing Council's Registrar Sally Styles.
Shirley with Nia Griffith MP and Sally Styles
Shirley said she would continue to work tirelessly towards the goal of registration for hairdressers and barbers in Wales and would visit salons and colleges across the country in her quest for support.
with Jessica Morden MP (centre)
with the Right Hon David Hanson MP
The King of Colour, Daniel Galvin OBE, was presented with the Hairdressing Council's highest honour recently during an intimate party at his salon in London.
Daniel Galvin with Arthur Ehoff and Sally Styles
To celebrate the hairdresser's new title as the Hairdressing Council's Patron of Honour, leading industry figureheads and long-standing colleagues gathered for the celebration. Amongst the crowd was son and fellow stylist, James Galvin, the Fellowship for British Hairdressing's Ann Herman and David Drew, and L'Oréal Professionnel's Alan Richardson.
This award comes at the end of a productive and progressive year for the Hairdressing Council. The House of Commons Luncheon and Tea Party in July was a huge success and followed with a meeting at Downing Street with the Prime Minister's Advisor.
Daniel's unwavering support to the Hairdressing Council was further cemented when he registered all of his hairdressers in the salon. As only the second hairdresser ever to receive the prestigious accolade - the first being Vidal Sassoon - Daniel's involvement in the campaign has been instrumental.
Leading the speeches was Stephen Nurse, Operations Director at Daniel Galvin. Commenting on his passion for regulation and how this was reflected in the salon, he spoke about the Council's commitment to ensuring the progression of hairdressing as a registered profession.
Lino Carbosiero SRH, hairdresser to the Prime Minister and long time friend to Daniel Galvin, addressed the crowd and talked about his own journey with the Hairdressing Council and how he had been amazed that the profession didn't yet have the status it deserves.
The Hairdressing Council's Chairman, Arthur Ehoff and Registrar Sally Styles (in picture) presented Daniel with his plaque. "Daniel is being honoured because of his lifelong belief in our in-dustry, but also because of his lifelong belief in our organisation. The Hairdressing Council does not give this award lightly and it is because of Daniel's dedication to hairdressing that we feel he truly deserves it" said Arthur.
Daniel shared in his thank you speech that hairdressing has always been an incredible passion and after three operations this year he couldn't wait to get back on the salon floor. "The Hairdressing Council is so important. We must have well educated, regulated staff to attract clients and keep hold of them," said Daniel. "When I first opened my salon, it was the quality and talent of the staff that kept people coming back."
We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2013 UK Student of the Year Awards.
The Level 2 winner was Danielle Cooper from JET Hairdressing and the Level 3 winner was Josh Parr from Reflections Training.
See the main story here - and more images from the event.
A few of our members have alerted us to the fact that they have received calls recently SUPPOSEDLY on behalf of the Hair Council. The callers said they were from the "Parliamentary Office" and talked to them briefly about the campaign for State Registration - then tried to sell them advertising space in a publication. The number given to call back on was an 0208 956 number..
These calls are NOT being made on behalf of the Hairdressing Council and we would ask members to let us know if they have had any similar calls. We are currently investigating this, but please if you are unsure about a call from the Hairdressing Council, just ask the caller to confirm your registration number as only we would be able to confirm it.
Congratulations to Coleg Ystrad Mynach - the first FE College in Wales to respond to the call to register all hairdressing lecturers and assessors by Hairdressing Council member Shirley Davis-Fox. Shirley, Managing Director of ISA Training ( the largest hairdressing training provider in Wales), works tirelessly to promote registration, visiting salons and colleges across Wales.
Elizabeth Jones, Head of Hairdressing in Coleg Ystrad Mynach said:
"Hairdressing staff were very impressed and motivated by Shirley's presentation and wish to be recognised for their skills and quality. Being state registered gives them kudos and raises awareness and standards".
Alongside our lobbying of Westminster MPs, Shirley Davis-Fox is pressing the Welsh Government to make state registration of qualified hairdressers compulsory, describing it as a crucial step on the road to gaining universal recognition and respect for the profession.
I really hope more colleges and training centres follow suit and ensure all their lecturers and assessors are registered - this, in turn, will result in a greater understanding of registration that can be passed onto students.
Thank you, as always, to everyone who promotes registration in any way.
The call for registration in hairdressing is boosted by the support of Daniel Galvin, who now pledges to promote the national campaign run by the Hairdressing Council. He joins many other top industry names including Trevor Sorbie, Andrew Collinge and Andrew Barton who have long championed the cause. Becoming State-registered means you'll gain official recognition under the law: the Hairdressers Registration Act, and the right to use the initials SRH after your name, among other benefits (including advice and insurance discounts). Daniel reminds us that all qualified hairdressers in the premier, London-based Daniel Galvin Salon are already registered, and in a joint statement, Daniel and the Hairdressing Council note that British hairdressing already recognised as the best in the world, and with 1% of the total UK workforce and a 5 billion turnover - it's wrong that hairdressing in the UK is still completely unregulated!
The Hairdressing Council and British Barbers Association (BBA) are excited to announce their joint campaign to recognize Barbers has been enthusiastically received within the industry. The new State Registered Barber and State Registered Senior Barber categories had to be agreed by Government before their launch at the recent Pro Hair Exhibition.
Mike Taylor of the BBA with HC registrar
Sally Styles at Pro Hair Live
'Grandfather' rights are accepted by the Council for those who don't have formal qualifications but have been barbering for over six years on the shop floor, as the NVQ in Barbering is a comparatively recent qualification. However, proof of the time service must be submitted and an accredited BBA certificate can be used for this.
Being state registered shows you support the campaign for regulations and the importance of stopping the current situation where anyone can call themselves a barber with no experience or qualifications.
The Hairdressing Council are offering a massive 30% discount for barbers to become state registered in April so don't delay, do it now! If you are already registered with the Council call 020 8760 7010 and your certificate can be changed free of charge.
If you would like to gain a BBA accreditation please email
The Hairdressing Council are delighted to announce two fantastic industry names who will join Andrew Barton as their Ambassadors. Jamie Stevens and Paul Falltrick are both passionate about the hairdressing industry and registration. The Registrar Sally Styles said she was really happy about this and confident that the three ambassadors would help to promote further registration.
Jamie Stevens (right) said "I'm so honoured to become Ambassador for the Hairdressing Council as it's something I strongly believe in. I feel passionately that hairdressing deserves respect as a serious profession; so by making sure you are State Registered and encouraging others to do the same, it will pave the way for change to raise standards and ensure the professionalism of our industry, in turn changing perceptions outside of it"
Paul Falltrick (left) : "I am delighted to be appointed as an Ambassador of The Hairdressing Council. Having been a member for many years, I fully support the movement to make the industry more regulated and feel it's really important for the reputation of British Hairdressing that a constant standard and level of professionalism is maintained throughout the UK. I'm proud to be part of an organisation that gives clients an informed way to find great salons in their local areas and look forward to spreading the word and helping the movement grow"
State Registered Hairdressers might have heard about the new European Framework agreement on Health and Safety in hairdressing. There has been a lot of talk, especially in national magazines such as Marie Claire and newspapers such as The Sun, about some aspects of it in particular. These include the requirement to wear non-slip shoes and no jewellery on the hands or arms during work. Here is the full document being discussed for your information. See the next issue of 'Hairdresser' magazine for Hellen Ward's take on this new European legislation.