On Monday 11 July, the 67th annual L’Oréal Colour Trophy UK Grand Final took place at Battersea Evolution, London. HJ joined the grand finalists and judges for a day of live competitions, before witnessing a spectacular final the culminated in 15 awards being presented.
Hosted by presenter and documentary maker Zara McDermott, the longest running live hairdressing competition showcased the true DNA of L’Oréal Professional Paris – research, innovation and service to the beauty industry. The 67th L’Oréal Colour Trophy was a true celebration of L’Oréal’s partnership with the hairdressing industry.
Judging the final looks and determining who would be crowned #LCT23 winners were some of the UK’s top hairdressers. The panel of judges included;
- Adam Reed, ARKIVE by Adam Reed
- Alan Edwards, Alan Edwards Salon
- Alan Simpson, Contemporary Salons
- Andrew Mulvenna, Andrew Mulvenna Hair
- Darren Ambrose, D&J Ambrose
- Darren Fowler, Fowler35
- Errol Douglas, Errol Douglas London
- Harriet Stokes, Global Artist & Educator
- Jack Howard, Jack Howard Colour
- Jason Hall, Jason Hall Hairdressing
- Jamie Brooks, Brooks & Brooks
- Junior Green, Junior Green Hair
- Ken Picton, Ken Picton Salon
- Marcello Moccia, Room97
- Nathan Walker, Trevor Sorbie
- Paul Hession, Hession Hairdressing
- Richard Phillipart, The Boutique Atelier
- Robert Eaton, Russell Eaton
- Sally Brooks, Brooks & Brooks
- Siobhan Jones, Blush + Blow London
- Yesmin O'Brien, seanhanna
The evening event was kick-started by a catwalk of all 160 competing looks, followed by prestigious hair shows including, “OLAPEJU” by Tolu Coker x TONI&GUY Breakthrough Team and "LIMITLESS" by Luke Pluckrose of SAKS in collaboration with Giuseppe Stelitano (Trevor Sorbie), Andrea Dorata (Dorata Hairdressing), Frazer Wallace (The Haus Studio), Clare Murphy (SAKS) and Sarah Clarke-Lees (SAKS).
“OLAPEJU” by Tolu Coker x TONI&GUY Breakthrough Team
"LIMITLESS" by Luke Pluckrose of SAKS
L’Oréal Professionnel Paris presented their new initiative, focussed on supporting the mental health of hair professionals across the UKI. Globally, 59% of hairdressers said that mental health was a concern for them – and in the UK alone, this jumped to a staggering 74%*. This is why L’Oréal Professionnel Paris launched Head Up, a free training programme for hair professionals to care for their own mental health and wellbeing, available for free on L ’Oréal Access.
A year for firsts, L'Oréal Colour Trophy 2023 welcomed Partner Brands such as Scrummi, YS Park and Jaguar Scissors, and competitors were treated to goodie bags from the brands.
The L'Oréal Colour Trophy 2023 UK Winners
Notable winners from across this year’s categories included Scullion & Scott, Sheffield, who won 1st place in the prestigious L’Oréal Colour Trophy Award. TONI&GUY, Glasgow took 2nd place and Goldworthy's Hairdressing, Cirencester came in 3rd. Further to this, Goldworthy’s Hairdressing impressively swooped up another award: L’Oréal Colour Trophy Afro Award. Also new for 2023, the L’Oréal Colour Trophy introduced a new social-first category, the Moving Image Award, where entrants were required to create a reel. Federico Damiani was the first winner of this award.