Robert Eaton, Creative Director at Russell Eaton salons in Leeds and Barnsley, has been announced as a nominee for the converted Hairdresser’s Journal British Hairdresser of the Year title, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional.  As the current title holder, it is the second consecutive year for Robert to be nominated by his peers and top tier hair experts for what can only be described as the hair industry’s ultimate accolade.

Joining Robert is an impressive line-up of the country’s best known and loved hairdressers, who will now compete for the title of HJ’s British Hairdresser of the Year 2020.

Commenting on his nomination, Robert said, “Winning the award last year was an incredible moment and real highlight in my career. I’m delighted to be nominated once again British Hairdresser of the Year, alongside the brilliant line-up for 2020.”

As the Creative Director at Russell Eaton salons, Robert Eaton is one of the nation’s most dynamic hairdressers. Robert has been recognised in the British Hairdressing Awards Hall of Fame twice, for winning both the titles of Schwarzkopf Professional Colour Technician of the Year and North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year three times each. Robert is also Vice-President of the Fellowship for British Hairdressing.

“Each of the 10 nominees bring their own unique artistic flair and creative edge to hairdressing and it is for this that they have received a nomination for the title. We are delighted to see such diversity of skill represented at this highest level and continue to celebrate our enduring, and yet fresh and unique, partnership with HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards,” commented Schwarzkopf Professional general manager, Julian Crane.

To be in with a chance of winning the title of HJ’s British Hairdresser of the Year, Robert must now create a hair collection that showcases his technical expertise, creative flair, and overall artistic vision. These images will be judged by a panel of industry experts before announcing the winner at an awards ceremony on Monday 30th November 2020 at JW Marriott Grosvenor House, Park Lane, unless advised otherwise.

Executive Director of Hairdressers Journal International, Jayne Lewis Orr, said, “Since its launch in 1985, the British Hairdresser of the Year title has been the most coveted and sought-after in the hairdressing industry, resulting in global recognition.  Our sponsorship partner Schwarzkopf Professional has also been part of this incredible journey since the Award’s inception, and together we celebrate the many levels of its success.  The winners’ clearly gain enormous notoriety and acclaim; product ranges have been launched, TV careers established; businesses grown but above all, it continues to play a huge role in raising standards across our industry giving creative inspiration and demonstrating boundaries are there to be pushed.”

For further details on HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional visit www.hji.co.uk/british-hairdressing-awards-sponsored-by-schwarzkopf-professional

HJ’s 2020 British Hairdresser of the Year nominees:

Adam Reed, session stylist and salon owner, a colourful, skilful character bridging consumer and hairdressing worlds

Angelo Seminara, four times winner and one of the most captivating and original hair stylists of our time

Cos Sakkas, third time nominee, an artistic talent and a legend within Toni & Guy

Darren Ambrose, previous British Hairdresser of the Year winner 2015, a leader within session styling and hairdressing alike

Errol Douglas, MBE, honoured by Her Majesty the Queen for services to hairdressing, multiple award winner and hairdressing superstar

Eugene Souleiman, no words other than Eugene is a session stylist extraordinaire

Gary Hooker and Michael Young, (Hooker & Young) 12th consecutive nomination of British Hairdressers of the Year and hairdressing’s most famous duo, stage-stars, creative inspiration and talented educators 

Richard Ashforth, first time nomination, well renowned in the hairdressing industry for his directional, forward thinking ideas, his belief in simplicity and commitment to beauty

Robert Eaton, current British Hairdresser of the Year 2019 and one of the most current and renowned colourists of the moment

Sally Brooks, two times winner of British Hairdresser of the Year (2017 & 2018), Sally is a global star, and a national hero following her hairdressing documentary that is reaching educationalists and parents across the UK

A bit about the process: Nominated by their peers on their professional reputation, vision and trend setting skills as well as their ability to promote and be an ambassador for British hairdressing across the globe.

What they do next: Create a representative collection of their work which will be judged in September 2020 by up to 100 of their peers along with hair and beauty journalists and influencers. 

When will the winner be revealed? The title of HJ’s British Hairdresser of the Year has been significant in the journeys of many hairdressing household names including Trevor Sorbie, John Frieda, Anthony Mascolo, Nicky Clarke, Charles Worthington, Beverley C and Andrew Barton.  We shall find out who joins this elite bastion of hairdressers at this year’s British Hairdressing Awards on 30th November 2020 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, a JW Marriott Hotel.