Picture this - it’s 7pm at The Natural History Museum. The champagnes flowing and the atmosphere buzzing. London’s iconic Museum has been transformed into the party place to be. 650 hairdressers and industry greats all dressed to impress for one of the main events in the hairdressing calendar, The Creative Head It List and Most Wanted awards ‘18.
Errol Douglas MBE couldn’t be missed in a bright red blazer, whilst Sophia Hilton wowed in an embellished black dress, her signature yellow hair styled to perfection. There’s excitement in the air and the entrance to the museum is quickly filling with guests dressed to impressed. Our industry is a creative one, and this creativity definitely shone through. With beautiful ballgowns, one of a kind suits and hair backcombed to new heights, it’s the perfect occasion to dress up, show your individual style and celebrate hairdressing with like minded, fun people.
The prestigious event sold out in under 5 minutes and as finalists in the ‘Best Local Salon’ category we were lucky enough to be in attendance. Cocktails and canapés to start in Fossil Way, followed by a 3 course dinner in Hintze Hall. Surrounded by truly stunning architecture and dining beneath the skeleton of a 25 metre blue whale made this awards ceremony such a surreal evening.
With category’s including ‘Award for Innovation’ and ‘Best Salon Experience’ it was a great opportunity to see what others are doing to set themselves apart and really stand out. Best Salon Experience was won by Stil. A Scandi inspired salon nettled in Notting Hill. Whilst Stewart Roberts won the Award for Innovation. Stewart set up Haircuts4Homeless back in 2014 after seeing a video of a man cutting hair for the homeless in New York. He now has 300 volunteers in 45 locations and has issued over 35,000 haircuts. “You have never really lived, until you have done something for someone who can’t repay you.” A haircut for a homeless person isn’t just a haircut, it’s talking to someone for 45 minutes, it’s being listened too and time away from everyday life. It was clear to see Stewart felt overwhelmed upon receiving this award, but for me this was the stand out award of the evening.
We made it to the final for ‘Best Local Salon.’ Our entry put together by Ben Hunt to showcase the work we do for people in our local community. One of our stylists Jan, spends her Sunday Mornings in Guildford working with a charity called Greenlight cutting hair for the homeless. 2 years ago Val teamed up with Regenerate Rise. A charity with a mission to eradicate isolation within the U.K, Val welcomed a group of elderly ladies to the salon for a pampering day with our apprentices followed by afternoon tea in our local cafe, Randall’s. An opportunity for these ladies to have a great day out, something they can’t do on their own. It’s not until you hear about charities like Regenerate Rise that you realise how lucky you are to be surrounded by family and have people to talk to every day.
As a salon we have raised over £82,000 for various charities and with our next charity event coming up in October, wouldn’t it be great to push that figure well in to the £90k?!
We didn’t win ‘Best Local Salon’ however when you break down everything we do as a team it really was the taking part over the year’s that counts and doing what we do for others that really matters.
The Creative Head It List and Most Wanted awards was an opportunity for us to spend time together as a team, catch up with our friends with in the industry and it’s safe to say we all left feeling inspired and maybe ever so slightly merry!