UK Afro Hairdresser of the Year 2019 – finalists announced

The UK's most prestigious hairdressing awards, the HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards, announce finalists for best Afro hair stylist


The stellar line up of Britain’s best black hair stylists has been announced.  Six finalists now contend for the honour of being crowned Afro Hairdresser of the Year in HJ’s BritishHairdressing Awards 2019, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional.

The 4 men and 2 women named as the top afro hairdressing creatives come from around the country and impressed more than 100 industry judges with beautiful photographic hair work showing their skill and flair. These stand-out stars are:

-      Lathaniel Chambers, Lathaniel’s Couture Hair and Beauty,London

-      Lisa Farrall, WIG London

-      Anthony Grant, Jamie Stevens Kensington Salon

-      Junior Green, Junior Green London

-      Aycan Kemal, New York Hair Design, London

-      Rick Roberts, Rick Roberts, Beverly

Now, the finalists will submit another four images of their visionary and artistic hairdressing work in the hope of catching the judges’ imagination and hearts further, to be crowned Afro Hairdresser of the Year at the big ceremony – the Oscars of the hair world – HJ’s BritishHairdressing Awards in November 2019.

Commenting on the announcement, Jayne Lewis-Orr, executive director of HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards said; “To be named as a finalist in the Afro Hairdresser of Year category highlights just how exceptional these hair professionals are. Every year we have so much amazing talent vying for the title from established names to emerging talent.

“Britain has long had a world-class reputation for trend-setting in the hairdressing industry, and these six hair masters prove that this renowned creativity and excellence is still at the heart of the British hair scene.”

HJ’s BritishHairdressing Awards, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional, celebrates the very best of British hairdressing, recognising and rewarding the creative talents of individuals and teams who make the industry so vibrant. Currently over 287,000 people work within the hairdressing, barbering and beauty industries*, with salons often making up the backbone of the high street, contributing over £7bn to the UK economy each year. It’s an ever expanding industry too, with over a third of salons in 2018 (41%) noting that turnover had increased from the previous year.**

“Sponsoring HJ's British Hairdressing Awards is an enormous privilege ,and we at Schwarzkopf Professional are delighted that we can partner with HairdressersJournal International (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. Receiving a finalist place is a phenomenal feat and we extend our biggest congratulations to all of the finalists, wishing them all the luck for the awards ceremony," says Julian Crane, Schwarzkopf ProfessionalGeneral Manager, UK and Ireland.

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

HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards, sponsored by SchwarzkopfProfessional will take place on 25th November 2019 at the JWMarriott Grosvenor House Hotel,Park Lane, London. For further details please visit

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