Nottingham duo named as Eastern Hairdresser of the Year at HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards 2018

Jessica Neil and Mary Geoghegan’s reputation as one best hairdressing duos in the country was confirmed last night (26th November 2018) after they were named as Eastern Hairdresser of the Year at HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards 2018, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional.

Jessica and Mary from KH Hair Group’s West Bridgford and Nottingham salons, claimed the title in front of 1,750 hairdressing greats alongside host and TV celebrity, Rylan Clark-Neale. The event, which saw guests celebrating into the early hours, and entertained by Scouting for Girls, was held at the Grosvenor House, a J W Marriott Hotel in London.

The pair were required to submit eight images of original hair work which was judged and awarded points for overall technical skill, creative vision and wearable, beautiful looks that pushed the boundaries of hair art. The judging took place over two sessions and included a panel of industry peers, members of the British beauty press and legends and past winners of the British Hairdressing Awards.

Commenting on the win, Jayne Lewis-Orr, executive director of the British Hairdressing Awards said;

“For the past 34 years the British Hairdressing Awards have celebrated the very best talent, creativity and insight within our industry – and this year is no exception. I’d like to extend my warmest congratulations to Jessica and Mary for demonstrating fantastic technical dexterity as evidenced in the collection they submitted, and also for being such great ambassadors for British hairdressing.

“This is an industry which serves a purpose far greater than many realise. There not only to push creativity to its limits and offer avenues for artistic expression; but also, to provide a service that makes people feel better about themselves. Stylists enable clients to present the best version of themselves, helping to bolster their confidence and well-being which is why, as an industry, it is one of a few to be saving the high street and bringing footfall back into Britain’s town centres.”

On collecting the award, Jessica and Mary said, “We are absolutely delighted and completely over the moon! We’d just like to thank everyone who has supported us and made this dream of ours a reality. We can’t wait to get back to the salon to celebrate with the rest of the team. Thanks too to HJ and Schwarzkopf Professional for putting on such a great event.”

Darren Messias, joint managing director of the KH Hair Group said:

“We are ecstatic to win the Eastern Region at the British Hairdressing Awards. The team has worked so hard to receive this prestigious accolade and have never given up on their dream. It just goes to show that hard work, passion and determination will pay off eventually. My co-director, Tim, myself and all the teams at KH Hair are very proud of Jessica, Mary and all the KH Creative Team and would like to say a huge thank you for all their hard work.”

The British Hairdressing Awards, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional, celebrates the very best of British hairdressing – recognising and rewarding the creative talents of individuals and teams who make this industry one of which we can all be proud. Currently over 287,000 people work within the hairdressing, barbering and beauty industries**; contributing over £7bn to the UK economy each year.

“Sponsoring HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards is an enormous privilege, and we at Schwarzkopf Professional are delighted that we can partner with HJ in supporting and recognising the very best hairdressing talent across the UK.

Hairdressing is an industry of endless enthusiasm and creativity and nowhere is this more evident than in the entries for these awards. I am absolutely delighted for the winners as they represent the pinnacle of our industry – the absolute best.” says Stuart Hamid, Schwarzkopf Professional General Manager, UK and Ireland.

The British Hairdressing Awards have launched the careers of a host of household names: from John Freida and Nicky Clarke to TONI&GUY creative director Sacha Mascolo-Tarbuck, as well as TV favourites Lisa Shepherd and Andrew Barton.

The British Hairdressing Awards took place on 26th November 2018 at Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.

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KH Hair has been in business for more than 60 years and has 22 salons, with over 4,500 customers per week. Its salons are based in Arnold, Ashbourne, Ashby, Beeston, Derby, Hinckley, Ilkeston, Leicester, Lichfield, Long Eaton, Loughborough, Mansfield, Newark, Nottingham, Oadby, Ripley, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Tutbury and West Bridgford. For details visit the website at:

About HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional

For more than 30 years, the British Hairdressing Awards have been the most coveted and sought-after titles in the hairdressing industry resulting in global recognition. Both regional and category specific awards are given to salons and hairdressers across the UK who show incredible skill, vision and talent through a collection of images. Winners were announced at a celebrity hosted ceremony on 26th November at the Grosvenor House Hotel, a J W Marriott Hotel in London’s prestigious Park Lane.