Sally Brooks of Brooks & Brooks Hairdressing has been crowned British Hairdresser of the Year 2020 for the third time, after previously winning the award in 2017 and 2018. The talented hairdresser fought off strong competition and stood out from a star-studded line up of 9 of the country’s best-known stylists.
Sally showcased phenomenal original hair work which not only demonstrated technical skills, but insightful, creative vision. “I am so shocked! We’ve just proved as an industry how resilient we are and every challenge we have been faced with has been smashed,” she commented. “I don’t think this award should just have my name on it – it should have ‘Hairdressers United’ on it, as I really believe 2020 is the year hairdressers’ united. We have all been amazing in this time. Massive thanks to my photographer Jenny who always delivers something incredible. My team is so supportive and a massive thank you to Jamie who always stands by my most bonkers ideas.”
Sally’s hair work was judged independently and anonymously by a panel of hairdressing legends and Hall of Fame members (those who have won the same British Hairdressing Awards category on three occasions) before being crowned British Hairdresser of the Year 2020.
For the first time in its 36-year history, HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards, which is sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional, could not be held in person at the Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel and instead went live and virtual on Monday 30th November – giving an opportunity to celebrate the success and talent within the industry and share the prestige and excitement of the event to an even wider audience. “Sponsoring HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards is a great privilege,” says Julian Crane, Schwarzkopf Professional General Manager UK and Ireland. “In a record year for entries, showcasing the highest calibre of hair work, we have been extremely impressed at the outstanding display of creative techniques. The awards are a true celebration of our industry and it is an honour to join Hairdressers Journal International in recognising the very best of UK and International hair talent. I am delighted for Sally who should be incredibly proud of her achievement.”
The British Hairdressing Awards have launched the careers of a host of household names from John Frieda and Nicky Clarke, to TV stylists Lisa Shepherd and Andrew Barton.