British Hairdressing Awards 2017 Finalist

Shelley Pengilly British Hairdressing Award Avant Garde Stylist Of The Year Finalist

Shelley Pengilly ecstatic as she hears the news that she has been shortlisted in the prestigious British Hairdressing Awards.

A small group of elite British hairdressers from all corners of the United Kingdom welcomed the news this week that they are a finalist in HJ’s 2017 British Hairdressing Awards sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional.  

Our very own Shelley Pengilly is one of those hairdressers celebrating as she has been announced as a finalist in the highly acclaimed Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year 2017 category.

Shelley couldn’t be more delighted and her social media pages are flooded with congratulations after she updated her status with an incredibly excited summary of how the news has made her feel: ‘Words cannot describe just how happy I am right now!  This is the BEST FEELING EVER….i can’t stop smiling.  I can’t believe I’m a finalist for Avant Garde hairdresser of the year 2017   Well done to everyone and thank you to my fantastic team who’ve supported me through everything’

Shelley also took the time to thank the photographers and MUA that she worked with on the shoot and the milk_shake Hair & Concept brands who she works as an international ambassador for and travels the globe educating and inspiring other hairdressing talents.

This is no small feat with the 2017 awards attracting hundreds of entries which take the form of photographic collections.   The 75 first-round judges drawn from industry experts, hairdressers, session stylists and creative leaders, viewed the UK’s biggest photographic awards exhibition as they spent the day marking the thousands of individual images.

Now in its fourth decade, the awards hosted by Hairdressers Journal International and supported since its inception by sole sponsor, Schwarzkopf Professional continue to go from strength-to-strength in its quest to celebrate the most diverse and creative talents in hairdressing.

Avant Garde hairdressing pushes creativity to the extreme and demonstrates that there are no limits to what you can do with hair, with the right creative vision and plenty of technical ability.    The British Hairdressing Awards have launched the careers of a host of household names: from TV favourite Andrew Barton to X Factor hairdresser Jamie Stevens with avant garde hairdressers Indira Schauwecker and Darren Ambrose both previously taking home the title.

The Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year category seeks to recognise the most inspiring and daring stylists in the industry, catapulting the finalists into the upper echelons of the nation’s very best hairdressing talent. A win can well and truly put a stylist on the map, securing their place not just as a creative visionary, but also as an authority on avant garde styling.

Hairdressers Journal International’s Executive Director, Jayne Lewis Orr says: “The awards remain true to the original objective – to promote the professionalism and leading vision of British hairdressing, and importantly to celebrate its contribution to the wider world.  I am so proud that we can see the impact that the awards have had on not only our own industry and the individuals within it, but also on partnership industries as its success is shared by many. This year more than ever, we encouraged entrants to produce work that’s aspirational and wearable, to really unify the bonds between creative hairdressing and the fact that this industry contributes £7bn to the national economy and employs 500,000 nationwide.  Now that’s something amazing to celebrate!”

The winners of this and 15 other categories including the coveted British Hairdresser of the Year title are all to be announced at The British Hairdressing Awards which takes place at the Grosvenor House Hotel, a J W Marriott Hotel, in London on Monday 27 November.  Keep your fingers crossed for Shelley Pengilly and all the other milk_shake ambassadors.