Our weave queen, Maddi, was honoured to be chosen as a finalist for the Hair Extensions Specialist of the Year Award. This award is in its 3rd year and has been won previously by Roberto Silva (Eleven, London) and Charlotte Boyes (The H.I.V.E, Leeds). We were invited to Salon International at the ExCeL in London to compete for the award.
This isn't any old, small-time award, Salon International is hosted by Hairdresser's Journal and is the biggest hair show in the U.K. This award in particular is sponsored by Remi Cachet and was judged this year by Roberto Silva, Vicky Lynch (MD of Remi Cachet), Inanch Emir (Owner of Inanch London, triple winner of The Hair Awards and owner of Gold Class Extensions) and Louise Bailey (Owner of Four London in Mayfair and owner of Extension Professional).
Maddi took our very own beauty wiz, Ellie, to be her model. We were tasked with replicating our entry image, which has to be done in 35 minutes, whilst the judges make their way around and a crowd gathers to watch!
Whilst this was nerve wracking and definitely out of our comfort zones, we both had a great time and loved talking through with the judges about how we created this look and what inspired our choices. The competition was definitely fierce and it was incredible to see everyone else's gorgeous work.
We then had a small wait whilst the judges added up their scores and deliberated over who would be the winner. We were called back to the HJ stage, where Teresa Giudice (Real Housewives of New Jersey) revealed who would be taking the award home.
The winner was the wonderful Helen Richardson who we are proud to call a friend, as well as being a fellow member of The Federation of Master Hair Extensionists. We'd love to say a massive congratulations to Helen for the win!
While we were there, we wanted to make the most of being at such a huge show and take in all of the stalls and events going on at Salon International.
The fabulous Charlotte Boyes then scored us the hottest seats in town for the Tribu-te Show at The Novello Theatre. We watched some incredible looks created by Kevin Murphy, Skyler McDonald, Hooker & Young, X-Presion Creativos and Tom McConnell (Art director for Trevor Sorbie). It was awesome to not only be metres from some of the best hairstylists in the world, but to watch them create some absolute works of art before our very eyes was completely awe-inspiring!
One of our favourite parts though, of travelling to these shows, is that we get to catch up with some of our gorgeous friends from our industry. It's an honour to call these people friends and we are inspired every day by their incredible creativity and standard of work. These really are the best of the best!