The virtual ceremony was hosted by the International Hairdressing Awards in Madrid, Spain. An ambitious venture, the International Hairdressing Awards is a great celebration of the international hairdressing industry founded by hair professional Mikel Luzea: “The aim of the IHA is to give hairdressing the prestige it deserves and be in a position to showcase this profession in its rightful place, one where talent, art and creativity are recognised and valued.
“Our mission is geared towards earning worldwide respect and admiration for our profession, thus consolidating an increasingly powerful and prestigious industry.”
The winners of the five categories were revealed from 15 finalists from all over the world.
Best International Mens Commercial Collection – Terri Kay and Andrea Giles, Mark Leeson UK
Best International Womens Commercial Collection – Emma Simmons, Salon 54, UK
Best International Avant Garde Collection – Dick Sum Low, Malaysia
International Artistic Team – X-presion, Spain
International Hairdresser of the Year – Errol Douglas MBE, Errol Douglas London, UK
British hairdresser Tony Rizzo was also recognised with the International Hair Legend of the Year honour.
The International Hair Influencer of the Year award, recognising the positive influence and impact in the hairdressing industry and beyond, was awarded to Mark Bustos USA
A truly shocked, yet elated Errol Douglas having given thanks to his team who helped him secure his winning collection commented: “I am over the moon – thank you so very, very much – this is amazing. We’ve all experienced such tough times and this signifies the light at the end of a very dark tunnel. Thank you.”
Errol’s winning collection New Britannia is a celebration of diversity in today’s modern world. Playful yet powerful, the collection pays homage to the versatility and beauty of mixed race hair, juxtaposing textures and exaggerated silhouettes with classic cuts and techniques. Influenced by the cinematic quality and elegant glamour of the work of Cecil Beaton, the resulting looks showcase a melting pot of cultures and remind us that beauty in today’s Britain is progressive and all encompassing. The photographic shoot was sponsored by Bellami Professional, with makeup by Lan Nguyen-Grealis, Styling by ED:it and Photography by Richard Miles.