The British Hairdressing Awards is the most swag night in all British hairdressing and this year marks the awards ceremonies 31st year. It’s held annually, in November at Grosvener house in Park Lane. That’s London don’t you know. All the champagne and tuxedos on display might give the impression that it’s all a very exclusive affair, which of course is part of the branding plan, but anyone can enter and if you’re not really feeling that up for taking part, following the entrants work is always inspirational. For a young hairdressing, entering the BHA can be a great way to have a purpose and motivation when building up a portfolio though and if you’re old hat at this hairdressing stuff, then why not just have a crack?
So if you’re feeling keen, there are nine regional categories and six specialist categories you can enter. For regional hairdresser of the year categories, the people that be have split it up into North Western, Northern Ireland, Scottish, North Eastern, Southern, Wales & South Western, Eastern and London. Obviously, there’s also the super giant, top trump award of British hairdresser of the year. Personally, my interests lie in the specialist categories however, those awards being Avant Garde, Newcomer, which is a bit ageist but hey whatever, Mens hairdresser, Afro hairdresser, Artistic team of the year and finally the Schwarzkopf professional British colour technician of the year.
Any qualified hairdresser can enter, but only after working in Britain for three years. The exception to this is the Newcomer award, which states that entrants have to be 25 years old or younger. I don’t really get that, I’m not entirely sure why they don’t go with a figure related to your qualification date rather than your age but yeah, that’s the rules they’ve come up with so that’s the end of that. Entry is open now and the closing date for all entries this year is 5pm on June 26th.
To enter, you’ll need to grab an entry pack which you can get from either phoning or emailing Rebecca Rayson at either 0208 652 8036 or [email protected] respectively. There are also some details, however quite limited on the Hairdressers Journal International website. Once you have your pack, you’ll need to come up with a collection of 4 photographs. They need to be taken over the past year, but it’s very probable that you’ll be creating a collection specifically for the competition, so that’s largely moot.
In the future, I’ll be making some entries with tips on creating a collection of images, including some photoshop and sketchbook techniques for those that like to have artistic control as much as possible. For now, check out an older post of mine about the BHA 30 year anniversary book that’s available here.
Below is the 2014 Avant Garde winners stunning collection, by Chie Sato of Toni & Guy in Covent Garden, London.