Sally Brooks has been named British Hairdresser of the Year, beating off competition from the likes of Jamie Stevens, Angela Seminara, Errol Douglas and Darren Ambrose.

Brooks, who set up Brooks and Brooks in London, has previously been named London Hairdresser of the Year three times.

Speaking to on her award, Sally said: “Thank you to my team, not only for supporting me but for supporting each other.” She also encouraged her fellow hairdressers to take part in the awards; “I never thought I’d be standing up here accepting this! Especially in front of people I respect so much.”

Sally Brooks

The HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards 2017, hosted by Cat Deeley, took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel, where the biggest names and the rising stars of the hairdressing industry were celebrated.

The night also saw a range of other winners announced in both regional and specialist categories.

Regional Categories

Eastern Hairdresser of the Year
Joseph I’Anson & Lisa Graham, Mark Leeson

London Hairdresser of the Year
Indira Schauwecker, Toni& Guy, Bedford Street

Midlands Hairdresser of the Year
Shaun Hall, Mark Leeson

North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year
Isobel Eaton, Russell Eaton, Barnsley

North Western Hairdresser of the Year
Daniel Couch & Ashleigh Maybank, Russell Eaton Leeds

Northern Ireland Hairdresser of the Year
Julie Cherry & Colette Fitzpatrick, Shane Bennett Salon

Scottish Hairdresser of the Year
Suzie McGill & Dylan Brittain, Rainbow Room International

Southern Hairdresser of the Year
Thomas Hills, TH1 Hair

Wales & South West Hairdresser of the Year
Zoe Williams & Scott Evans, Ken Picton Salon

Specialist Categories

Afro Hairdresser of the Year
Charlotte Mensah, Hair Lounge

Artistic Team of the Year
Rush Hair, London

Avant-garde Hairdresser of the Year
Emmanuel Estaban, Anne Veck Salons

Men’s Hairdresser of the Year
Terri Kay & Andrea Giles, Mark Leeson

Newcomer of the Year
Olivia Nevill, Ashley Gamble

Schwarzkopf Professional British Colour Technician of the Year
Robert Eaton, Russell Eaton, Leeds

Sally Brooks

HJ’s executive director, Jayne Lewis-Orr, said: “Never has it been more important than now to raise the profile of this incredible profession.

“Everyone here tonight in this room knows and recognises the opportunities available but we have to make people understand that dreams can be realised and fortunes made in this business where experts really do impact the lives of the people they care for.”

Visit for more on the night and to see all the winning collections.

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