Jacky Chan from Australia was named the first ever winner of the International Collection of the Year category last night (25th November) at HJ’s renowned British Hairdressing Awards 2019, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional.
The stylist from Oscar Oscar Chadstone salon in Melbourne beat five other category finalists from around the world to triumph in the UK awards, dubbed the ‘Oscars’ of the hair world. Jacky claimed the inaugural title of best internationally produced collection, beating competition from countries as far apart as the USA, the United Arab Emirates and Canada. His phenomenal original hair work demonstrated not only technical skill, but also creative vision and comprehension of current trends.
Going through vigorous judging before being rewarded for his skill, Jacky was required to submit a collection of eight images and this photographic work was judged twice by a panel of hairdressing legends, leading national beauty press, and Hall of Fame members (those who have won the same British Hairdressing Awards category on three occasions).
Jacky received the coveted title at the Grosvenor House, a J W Marriott Hotel in London in front of a 1,750 strong audience of hairdressing peers, influencers and press, alongside celebrity host, TV personality Rylan Clark-Neal. He was joined by Hairdressers Journal International’s Executive Director, Jayne Lewis-Orr and Schwarzkopf Professional’s General Manager Julian Crane.
Now in their 34th year, HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards celebrate the people producing the very best hairdressing work across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. This year, the introduction of International Collection of the Year comes as a nod to the incredibly vibrant global hair scene.
Jacky’s prize was one of 18 trophy wins on the night in a line-up of nine regional and eight specialist awards, including the two new categories of International Collection of the Year and Trend Image of the Year, as well as the ultimate accolade of British Hairdresser of the Year which was won by Robert Eaton from Russell Eaton salon in Leeds. After the dazzling ceremony guests were treated to a performance by The Hoosiers with their hits Goodbye Mr A and Something About Ray.
Commenting on the win, Jayne Lewis-Orr, Executive Director of HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards said; “Jacky’s recognition is significant as he’s not only made a name for himself in his own country, but this win will introduce him to many as an international hairdressing star.
“His beautiful work captivated the imagination of more than 100 industry judges and he thoroughly deserves the trophy. Warmest congratulations for demonstrating fantastic technical dexterity, and for being such a great ambassador for Australian hairdressing.”
Jacky Chan was delighted and said: “To win is so unexpected, but I’m over the moon! Thank you to everyone’s support back at home, especially my Oscar Oscar salon family and my business partner Oscar Cullinan for his years of continued mentoring and support. We’ve had some fantastic success as a company; my partner who is with me tonight was also a finalist in the same category! It’s great to be able to celebrate this achievement with him. I can’t emphasise enough how winning this award is such a wonderful surprise! It feels fantastic.”
“Sponsoring HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards is an enormous privilege,” says Julian Crane, Schwarzkopf Professional General Manager UK and Ireland. “We are delighted to join with Hairdressers Journal International to recognise the very best in UK hair talent. Hairdressing is an industry of endless creativity and the breadth of ideas in this year’s awards was outstanding. I am absolutely delighted for the winners and they should be so proud of how they represent the pinnacle of skill in our global industry.”
The British Hairdressing Awards have launched the careers of a host of household names: from John Frieda and Nicky Clarke, as well as TV stylists Lisa Shepherd and Andrew Barton.
The British Hairdressing Awards took place on 25th November 2019 at the Grosvenor House, a J W Marriott Hotel, Park Lane, London.