Jessica Neil and Mary Geoghegan’s reputation as one best hairdressing duos in the country was confirmed after they were named as the Eastern Hairdresser of the Year at HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards 2018.
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 had entertainment from Scouting for Girls and was held at the Grosvenor House 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.
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.”
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.”