All the Speeches from the British Hairdressing Awards 2023

Published 17th Apr 2024 by Talana Sodiwala

On Monday 27 November 2023 the winners of the British Hairdressing Awards, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional, were announced at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House located on London's Park Lane. 

Read on to see exactly what the winners said when they came up on stage to receive their trophies. From emotional tributes, to outpourings of thanks for their teams – each and every quote pulls at the heartstrings.

If it's left you feeling inspired to enter this year's #BHA24, then get your entries in before Friday 28 June 2024, 5pm.

Last time I won this my daughter was nine years old and she had a big fight with her brother over who would take the trophy home - and now she’s here with me as a hairdresser! We tried to do something a bit different this year with the collection, and I’m so glad the judges liked it.

Ken Picton, Wales and South West Hairdresser of the Year 2023

Wow, I’m so nervous. I’d like to thank my photographer Lee Mitchell and Mark Leeson. I’ll meet you all at the bar!

Danny Malone, Northern Ireland Hairdresser of the Year

Thank you to my amazing bosses, Mark Leeson and Richard Darby. I recently celebrated 10 years in the salon and I would not be here without you. To everyone who has supported me, thank you.

Olivia Binch, Eastern Hairdresser of the Year 2023

We always dedicate our awards to our children and this one is no different.” Rick: “So much passion and creativity goes into the collections, so a big up to everyone in this room. Whether you are a winner or finalist, it’s what you do with that title that counts

Rick & Zoe Roberts, North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year 2023

This is the first time I’ve won this category. I normally leave here empty-handed, but I always come back and try again. Thank you to everyone in this room for inspiring me to keep going. Thank you to my assistant on the shoot – this has made my dreams come true.

David Corbett, Scottish Hairdresser of the year 2023

I’ve been waiting for this moment for such a long time. The last time I was up here was actually in 2013, and now I’m in the Hall of Fame! There are so many names I want to thank... not least my colour team! I’m so proud of them. And to my wife and my daughter – I love you all!

Seung-ki Baek, Southern Hairdresser of the Year 2023

It’s been over 20 years since I’ve won one of these trophies. I’m actually really overwhelmed. My daughter is here tonight and so is my team. We did it!

Tracey Ann Smith, Midlands Hairdresser of the Year 2023

I am shaking! Last year was the first year we won. I just didn’t think we’d be able to do it two years in a row. You know what, I’m a 62 year old granny and I’m still doing it.” Ria: “I just want to thank everyone. I want to thank all the girls that always help us, and my husband is fantastic too!

Laura & Ria Kulkik, North Western Hairdresser of the Year 2023

Thank you so much, I’m actually quite shocked. I’m so grateful to be in this room, with all the other finalists I look up to so much. I’m obsessed with hair, and I think most of you can see that!

Jordanna Cobella, London Hairdresser of the Year 2023

The last time I stood on this stage was in 2004 when I won British Hairdresser of the Year, and now to be on the stage with Jorge is fantastic. We absolutely love our collection.” Jorge: “It’s an honour to be here, there are many people who make up X-presion and worked really hard on this collection.

Antoinette Beender, Aveda & Jorge Cáncer, International Collection of the Year 2023

Thank you so much. I’d love to thank my brilliant team, my amazing photographer, and Gary Taylor for always supporting me.

Elyse Pointon, Trend Image of the Year 2023

Oh my god, thank you so much. I haven’t prepared a speech because I did not expect this. Thank you so much to my whole TONI&GUY salon family. You are my queens, my biggest inspiration. A very huge thank you to my best friends.

Darja Laett, Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year 2023

This has been a lifelong dream. I’d like to thank everyone from the TONI&GUY Artistic Team who have taught me everything I know. They really started to push me to my creative limits. To my Mum and Dad, this is for you. This is to everyone who didn’t win tonight and for everyone I hold dear to my heart.

Sam Elliot, Men's Hairdresser of the Year 2023

We really pride ourselves on being an inclusive salon – we are gender neutral, hijab friendly and cater to all types of hair. And we felt like it was really important as two girls who don’t have Afro hair, to put ourselves forward, educate ourselves and show others the importance of training and education.

Melissa Timperley & Sara Williams, Afro Hairdresser of the Year 2023

I don’t even know what to say because I wasn’t expecting this. I just want to say thank you so much to everyone, we’ve all worked so hard. Thank you so much to my family for coming all the way from Spain.

Lucia Siero Hernández, Newcomer of the Year 2023

We literally would not be here tonight if it wasn’t for the team. We’re all here tonight, we all got through it and we are having an absolutely amazing time.

Mark Leeson, Artistic Team of the Year 2023

I’m elated that my peers in the industry respect me and have voted for me. There’s a lot of people I would like to thank for this award, including Carlo Avena and my agent Sonia – and everyone that voted for me.

Eugene Souleiman, Session Hairdresser of the Year 2023

I’ve been working so hard for this one. Thank you to my Schwarzkopf family, we’ve been with these guys for 44 years! Thank you to Alan and Linda Stewart who are my mentors, my wonderful art team, my photographer Michael Young and Clare Frith, the beautiful clothes stylist.

Suzie McGill, Schwarzkopf Professional British Colour Technician of the Year 2023

I’m not usually this soppy! Last year was TONI&GUY’s 60th Anniversary, and I’ve been honoured to work with them for the past 30 years. Sacha [Mascolo-Tarbuck], you don’t know what this means to me and what TONI&GUY mean to me. This is just incredible. I said it earlier, but let’s embrace our industry, we’re the best in the world.

Cos Sakkas, British Hairdresser of the Year 2023
Talana Sodiwala

Talana Sodiwala

Published 17th Apr 2024

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