21 October 2013

Welsh Hairdressing Awards 2013The National Hairdressers Federation Welsh Region organised the first ever "Welsh Hairdressing awards©" that culminated in a fantastic awards ceremony at the Cardiff Masonic Hall.

With over 5000 votes in the last few weeks the event captured the imagination of both salons and the public. The event has been organised to recognise and reward the best hair professionals in Wales.

The nomination and voting system was completely free to entrants and voters, (open to NHF and non NHF members) a key factor in trying to create a highly inclusive event. The event was designed to heighten the profile of hairdressing/barbering in Wales and to give the real judges of our industry , the consumer a chance to say who they think is the "Best in Wales".

And what a success ; The sell-out , red carpet event was attended by salons from all over Wales , with sponsors from all over the UK flying in to support what is sure to be a regular fixture on the event and party calendar. President of NHF Wales , Carl Hinder hosted the event with support from sponsors and partners.

The Awards evening opened with a highly professional walk from Cardiff Fashion week models , supported by the NHF Welsh Artistic team directed by Michelle Marshall.

The surprise of the evening was a "flash mob" presentation from "Have a go theatre" who created a dance dressed as waiters/waitress’ and left everyone wondering if things could get any better ? In many ways they did , with the announcement of the nominees and winners!

As impossible as it sounds the energy and noise levels went up another level with fantastic Welsh band 4thstreet traffic playing the event to a crescendo. One thing is for sure , people will be talking about this night for a very long time.

The Winners

Welsh Hairdresser of the year 2013

Flora Lazarou – Lazarou Brothers - Birchgrove

Welsh Barber of the year 2013

Amber Watson – Ambers Barbers

Welsh Apprentice of the year 2013

Alice Hill Jones – Ambers Barbers

Welsh Colour Technician of the year 2013

Ruby Bourge – Blush Hair

Welsh Salon team of the year 2013

Lazarou Brothers – Birchgrove

Welsh Salon receptionist of the year 2013

James Baker – Blush Hair

Welsh Lecturer of the year 2013

Kelly Jones – NPTC Newtown Campus

Welsh wholesaler of the year 2013

Salon Connection

Welsh hall of fame 2013

Liz Shipton
Awarded for her significant contribution to Welsh Hairdressing over an extended time period.


Salon Connection – Hair and Beauty Supplies
Affinage – Salon professional
Schwarzkopf professional
Kanpeki – Precision scissors
Gilmor – Hair and Beauty products
Wales Hair and Beauty show


Cardiff Fashion Week
Have a go theatre

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